accessible houses always yes please

i wish all new houses

had to be made accessible for the general populous this would make visiting family and friends a lot easier! what are your thoughts? would you buy an accessible house and leave the accessible features like grab bars in or would you remove those!

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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5 Responses to accessible houses always yes please

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    Across the street, there are accessible houses.

    (I have not actually visited the people in the houses, but hope family and friends do).

    We have made every effort to make our own house accessible for those who come in by wheels or feet. For instance, there is a ramp, and our paths are clear.

    Getting out of the house is accessible too.

    It’s good to be able to research accessible features.

    The big principle here is UNIVERSAL DESIGN, which means it will be suitable for all people in the house and their varying needs over time.

    The one constant in life is change.

    The current trend towards sustainability in the environment has got people thinking.

    It might be good to look at a Flickr or something like this.

  2. Adelaide Dupont says:

    I also think that an accessible environment tries to reduce physical and cognitive load on the people who live, work and play there.

    It can also be challenging.

    It would be great to have open-source images to show people what is meant, and you could go through the place with a simulation or virtual reality if you so wished.

    As I looked through the images on Google, I realised that accessible housing is big business, both in the public and private sectors.

    In a federal system like the US or Australia, different states will have different ideas of how to proceed.

    Here is a blog from Brisbane (Queensland, Australia):

    http://inclusivehome.blogspot.com/

    Some of the 3 A’s of housing:

    http://accommodation-info.blogspot.com/2007/05/adaptable-accessible-or-adjustable.html

  3. univsersal design is something i am formlar with some homes are accessible and you wouldnt even know it from the outside which is cool

    • Adelaide Dupont says:

      It is indeed very cool.

      Sometimes an accessible house can be indistinguishable from its neighbours.

      What’s been an example of universal design which has impressed you?

      One that you take for granted?

  4. Adelaide Dupont says:

    One aspect of an accessible house – for students in particular – is how the space is used.

    (I am thinking of homework and hang-out spaces).

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