Let’s change the status quo.
Homes need to be more functional & more safe. Universal design is the solution.
Know what features to include.
Our checklists detail over 130 universal design features for residential homes. There's much more to universal design than wide doorways and step-free entrances! Print our worksheets (in PDF format) for easy offline use.
Understand every design feature.
We provide reasons why each universal design feature on our checklists is important to include when designing for a wide range of ages and abilities.
- These explanations and tips can be found throughout the checklist pages.
- Keep an eye out for the green "Why?" buttons!
Measure universal design.
Our assessments measure how "universal" areas of a home are based on the presence of specific features.
Scores are calculated based on the importance of specific features for all ranges of abilities, and their complexity & cost of implementation.
Learn what can improve function.
The assessment reports offer suggestions for improvement and indicate the features that don't need to be changed.
Any improvements will increase the score, which is a great way to document better function and safety.
- Unlimited assessment reports are saved and easily managed.
Get one-on-one support.
Send us questions, ideas, photos, blueprints, or sketches about your design projects. We’ll help brainstorm and help you make well-informed decisions about what will be functional for most any age or level of ability. Read more about our Helpdesk in the questions below.
- Helpdesk support is available for our partner members.
Collaborate with others.
Our discussion forum is free for anyone to talk about home design, financial issues, and more.
Members gain access to a private area for professionals.
- Access to the discussion area is free for everyone. Sign up here.
Who's behind this?
We’re Sarah & Scott Pruett. We’re an everyday married couple in our thirties and live in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Sarah is an registered & licensed occupational therapist and a certified aging-in-place specialist. Scott is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist and has used a wheelchair since 1999 due to three spinal cord injuries.
We empathize with people who have complex health conditions, as we know firsthand how life can be affected, often far more than meets the eye.
What is universal design?
Universal design (UD) is a process of making things (e.g. homes) accessible & easy to use for everyone. UD is a natural integration of functional characteristics into the design of homes. UD has been around for decades, but isn't widely utilized... yet.
Who are memberships for?
Our memberships are currently for businesses in the USA, and are best for builders, designers, and/or health care professionals. We're grateful for advocates and the international interest, but right now our memberships are US-based and B2B-oriented. Sign up here.
How does the directory get exposure?
We do outreach and education with various community organizations, churches, centers for independent living, physical rehabilitation centers, and other groups who help with home accessibility. We also provide a lot of free content, which gets eyeballs on this site. Check out this post for more information.
How can I access the forum?
How can I access the assessments?
Our assessments are a members-only feature and can be found in the dashboard. We offer a free version at SafeScore.org, though there is no report management with it, nor the ability to add photos & notes.
Why measure universal design?
Measurement helps identify successful universal design and/or potential for improvement & increased safety. Our assessments calculate a UD SafeScore, which is the percentage of how universally-designed a space is for a wide range of users. The higher the score, the greater the safety. This is due to design features that collectively minimize risk of injury during everyday activities.
Why does the helpdesk exist?
We offer the helpdesk because there's a need for greater understanding of the relationship between the design of something, a wide range of users, and intended uses. This is our means of providing a private, one-on-one support to help businesses make well-informed design choices when considering a myriad of ages and levels of ability.
How does the helpdesk work?
Our helpdesk support is email-based, because (A) we all use email and (B) it's not anything extra for you to keep track of. We manage a dedicated address to keep conversations organized and accessible to our team. You'll find the Helpdesk form in the dashboard if you have a partner membership.
What can I use the helpdesk for?
Almost anything related to your design process, such as getting product recommendations, or reviewing questions, ideas, photos, blueprints, &/or sketches. That said, we can't give feedback about your client's health-related needs. We'll happily discuss general information about health conditions, but for specific recommendations, you'll need an occupational therapist or someone who has similar training to observe your client in-person. Please refer to the directory to find someone nearby.
Will I see a positive ROI?
We sure hope so! If you measure ROI in dollar amounts, our ideas should help net significantly more in paid work than what we charge. If you measure ROI in quality of life for your clients, well... what we offer may be priceless.
Do we offer refunds?
Yes. You can cancel your subscription through the dashboard. If you cancel within your first 30 days we'll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked. If you have a yearly membership and cancel after 30 days, we'll prorate a refund. If you have a monthly membership, it'll expire after the current billing cycle.