032: Grab Bars

From style to safety — an overview of grab bars and how to find the best fit for your home.

031: Designing for the Senses

An interview with Dr. Katie Hansen, OT, about considering sensory needs in design.

030: Interview with Danise Levine, Universal Design Champion

An interview with Danise Levine, Assistant Director of the IDEA Center at the University of Buffalo.

029: Welcome Home! Entrances and Entryways

Tips for designing and setting up a home entrance that is functional, safe, and germ-free!

028: Alerts and Alarms

An overview of alarms and alert systems for the Deaf and hard of hearing that can actually keep us all safe!

027: Happy 30th Anniversary to the ADA!

A discussion about the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. How far have we come? Where can we go next to make spaces equitably accessible?

026: Designing for Dementia

Rebecca Langbein joins in on the conversation to discuss unique design tips that benefit those with memory loss, yet are helpful for all.

025: What makes a bedroom comfortable and functional?

Learn why little details make a big difference in the design and layout of a bedroom.

024: COVID-19 is changing the way we interact & use our homes.

If communities can change how things are done with this virus, we can transform the approach to home design for families with and without disabilities.

023: A sink that moves? Take my money!

Our design advisors shared their feedback on a sink that is height adjustable and swings to different locations. Yet, is it universal?

022: The design of our homes profoundly affects our health.

“Your home should be the great equalizer – where your disability doesn’t matter.”

021: Finding a place for everything in the bathroom.

We discuss some uniquely universal ways to cut down on clutter plus keep things organized and accessible.

020: The tale of two kitchens in one!

Our design advisors weigh in on a kitchen design. Is it a good fit or a poor fit?

019: What do mock airline flights & demonstration homes have in common?

Experiential education! Deeper understanding is gained when people can practice tasks then apply lessons learned to their life.

018: “How does inaccessibility impact your health?”

“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

017: What is it like interning with us?

Kati reflects on her experience as an occupational therapy student and discusses how she promoted our organization and her future profession.

016: Housing and Collaboration: Stories from the Field

Experiences as occupational therapists collaborating with building and design professionals.

015: Freestanding tubs, are they safe?

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.

014: When lights don’t work even when they’re on.

Collaboration between an occupational therapist and a lighting designer will result in exterior lighting that’s a good fit for everyone.

013: Good Bathroom Design is a Confidence Builder

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.

012: Social distancing, isolation, and mental health

Our thoughts: Social distancing is now mandatory in the US due to COVID-19, but some people with disabilities experience social isolation every day.

011: Are “stramps” universally designed?

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.

010: When you question if that backyard party is worth it or not

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.

009: Benefits of a Well-Designed Garden

Sarah discusses how her friend increased the functionality of her garden by using raised garden beds and how an outdoor space improves mental health.

008: Research about interprofessional design

We discuss 3 themes from a peer-reviewed article: form versus function, the earlier the better, and universal design as a specialist area.

007: Do no-step entrances matter?

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.

006: Mail & Macular Degeneration

Kati recounts a story about a patient who broke a hip and had struggles with a common yet meaningful task.

005: Small garages don’t work well.

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!

004: Invisible Disabilities & Universal Design

Sarah and Kati talk about various universal design features to increase function for those living with invisible disabilities.

003: Reflections on patients and their homes

Sarah talks with Kati about discharge scenarios and what home modifications looked like for their patients.