In a nutshell: We help make communities more welcoming to people affected by disability by equipping at least one home builder in each Metropolitan Statistical Area to easily build new, affordable, & desirable universally accessible homes.
Why? The current housing stock is poorly-suited to enable people who deal with any level of functional impairment to live to their fullest potential.
We work alongside architects to co-design plans for homes that are universally accessible and can be built across the USA.
Our position, as health professionals, is that designing for universal accessibility is complex and must be a collaborative process due to the diversity of individuals with a wide range of functional impairments that need to be accommodated.
It’s a disservice to any community if a home is built and marketed as “universal design” when it’s not.
Our design process strategically involves a group of volunteer Design Advisors who have a wide range of first-hand experiences with different disabilities to validate that the work we create with architects is truly a good fit for anyone.
Enabling home builders to easily provide universally accessible housing options is the best way to make a change.
Our goal is to provide a library of construction documents that eliminate the need for home builders to problem-solve about all possible users and all accessibility features and characteristics necessary for true universal design.
Universally accessible homes are beneficial for everyone, not just “those other” old and disabled people.
The best way for anyone to really understand this is through in-person experiences. We’re developing a demonstration home program to provide experiential opportunities in as many communities as we can across the USA.
Change won’t happen if the people who will benefit most don’t know who can help them in their own communities.
We’re creating a nationwide network that will help people connect with a local builder, find available homes for sale or rent, and identify other service providers who can help them get into the best home for their needs.
Some situations require adaptative equipment or assistive technology, beyond what universal design provides.
Consultation with a health professional is included with each set of design plans for new builds. Builders and their clients will have access to someone who can help them choose the best options for their needs and budget.
But we don’t…
- We don’t provide direct services to individuals.
- We don’t do design work that can’t be replicated for use in multiple communities.
- We don’t do design work that’s regulated by the ADA.
- We don’t do specialized design work for specific populations.
- We don’t help modify inaccessible environments.
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