Licensed Architects: Co-design a home with us and help us create a library of universally accessible home plans.
People with firsthand experience with disability: Be a design advisor and help ensure our work is truly accessible.
No one can do universal design well without help.
Homebuilders aren’t experts in design or human function. Architects aren’t experts in health sciences. Health professionals aren’t experts in design sciences. None of us know everything about all of our neighbors. We all benefit by working together.
Working together is hard.
Most of us weren’t trained to collaborate outside of our field. It’s easy to think that our advanced training is adequate, but our perspectives, processes, and languages are all different. Those of us who do this work professionally also need to be compensated.
Our design process works.
It’s impossible to address a systemic problem like housing without a process and a plan. We’ve figured out how to collaborate remotely, give everyone involved the space needed to do what they do best, keep it as simple as possible, and repeat it over and over.
But money is an issue.
Sure, it’s cheaper to build a house without paying for professional design. It’s also cheaper to design a house without paying for other people to be involved. Time is money and our work takes time, but the lack of accessible housing is a big complicated problem.
This is why we’re a nonprofit.
Involving health professionals in design processes isn’t cheap. Donations help fund our team without cost-burdening consumers. Volunteers are important to ensure the reliability of our work. There may also be funding opportunities for construction.
It’s a win-win-win.
How you can help:
Consider co-designing a home with our team. It’s an opportunity to dive deep into the functionality of every detail to design for as many people as possible, regardless of their health condition or impairment.
We’re not dismissing your talent. Some localities require a licensed architect’s stamp on construction documents in order for a builder to receive a permit.
If you specialize in a type of home that doesn’t require a building permit, we’d love to talk about doing a project with you.
1. Universally Accessible: All areas of the home need to meet the functional needs of a wide variety of people as much as possible without being specialized for a specific demographic.
2. Financially Accessible: Let’s get creative here. The goal is to help as many people as possible. Statistically, households with an adult member with a disability have an average of 37% less income and 28% more expenses than households without a member with a disability.
We understand that costs (land, labor, material, etc) can fluctuate so we’re not strict about exact numbers.
3. Replicable: All design plans need to be able to be used for multiple homes in various locations.
We’re only working with design professionals (primarily architects) and home builders right now. But please email us and tell us your interests! We’ll keep you updated if a good fit arises.
If you have firsthand experience with disability, you might be interested in being a design advisor:
If you’re in a healthcare program (e.g., OT, PT) or a design program (e.g., architecture), please email us and tell us your interests! Occasionally we will do a design project/internship with students to provide an interprofessional experience.
Bonus points: get a couple of your friends in complementary fields (i.e., healthcare and design) together. We’ll provide the structure and direction if it sounds like a good fit.
p.s.: we’re 100% remote.