Home Accessibility Resources
Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University: This Web site serves as a clearinghouse for professional and consumer information about universal design. Features resources and publications on universal design, including downloadable pdfs on such subjects as building a universal home or curbless shower. Visit www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/index.htm
Certified Environmental Access Consultants (CEAC): U.S. Rehab now offers a credential in home/environmental access and lists, among the benefits, “validation of professional practice, credibility with prospective clients and consumers (and) increased opportunity for job referrals and consultation.” Visit www.usrehab.com
Easter Seals: The organization that serves children and adults with disabilities offers a checklist to determine whether a house is accessible, plus a virtual tour of an accessible home. Visit www.easterseals.com and enter “accessible housing” into the search field.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): This professional organization is a federation of more than 800 state and local associations advocating for the building and housing industries. Interestingly, the NAHB opposes the movement to construct all single-family homes to be “at least minimally accessible to people with mobility disabilities” and instead prefers “voluntary programs promoting accessible design features.” Visit www.nahb.org
National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA): Serving both professionals and consumers needing remodeling and building help, the association site gives information on universal design. Visit www.nkba.org
This article originally appeared in the May 2007 issue of Mobility Management.