“Your home should be the great equalizer – where your disability doesn’t matter.”
We discuss some uniquely universal ways to cut down on clutter plus keep things organized and accessible.
Our design advisors weigh in on a kitchen design. Is it a good fit or a poor fit?
Experiential education! Deeper understanding is gained when people can practice tasks then apply lessons learned to their life.
Hannah Hoyt takes a deep dive into a number of issues related to the costs of multifamily housing in her newly-published report with Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, More for Less? An Inquiry into Design and Construction Strategies for Addressing Multifamily Housing Costs. It’s worth a read. There’s a lot to talk about, but […]
“It was not until I actually gained more access in and out of the house that my health truly got better. My mental health went up and I felt more worth than I had felt before.” -James
Kati reflects on her experience as an occupational therapy student and discusses how she promoted our organization and her future profession.
We should be designing universally accessible homes for future generations now.
People with disabilities regularly compromise on housing based on what’s financially accessible, often negatively affecting physical and mental health.
Experiences as occupational therapists collaborating with building and design professionals.
Even though these tubs are a current design trend, we polled our Design Advisors and they all agree this product’s design isn’t safe for most people.
Collaboration between an occupational therapist and a lighting designer will result in exterior lighting that’s a good fit for everyone.
Kati, an occupational therapy student, shares a story about how her client was able to look and feel her best for a special event because her bathroom was universally designed.
There are several “smart” devices that improve the functionality and safety of a home. They’re great options for universal design.
Our thoughts: Social distancing is now mandatory in the US due to COVID-19, but some people with disabilities experience social isolation every day.
We discuss how the internet isn’t always accurate in the description of universal design, and what our Design Advisors thought of this ramp/stair design.
A backyard party at someone’s home turns from excitement to heartbreak when you have to question if you can attend the due to inaccessibility.
Sarah discusses how her friend increased the functionality of her garden by using raised garden beds and how an outdoor space improves mental health.
Implementing accessibility at the start of a new design project will save you time and money.
We discuss 3 themes from a peer-reviewed article: form versus function, the earlier the better, and universal design as a specialist area.
Of course they do. We’re talking about universal design! Listen to Julie & Jackson’s story. You’ll learn about what they have to do just to visit family or friends.
This article unpacks three practice settings in which an an occupational therapist could collaborate with professionals in the home building industry.
Kati briefly explains the OT profession and introduces her doctoral capstone project.
Kati recounts a story about a patient who broke a hip and had struggles with a common yet meaningful task.
Sarah shares a story & some thoughts about the functionality of parking areas. It’s the little things that make a big difference for universal design!
We run The Universal Design Project on software called Basecamp. The company that created Basecamp is on the verge of releasing a new email system called Hey. What’s interesting about this is that they’re declaring email “broken” and are more or less redesigning the way people interact with email. Here’s a recent tweet from their […]
“In the United States of America, it has been estimated that there is a 60% probability that any new house will be occupied by a person with a functional impairment over its life span.” Smith SK, Rayer S, Smith EA. Aging and disability: implications for the housing industry and housing policy in the United States. […]
The United States has an accessible housing problem: there aren’t enough available options.
Universal design must enable people to be independent in daily tasks when human impairments are present.
Sarah and Kati talk about various universal design features to increase function for those living with invisible disabilities.