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Residential Accessibility is not “one size fits all”

BevVan Phillips

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Accessibility is not “one size fits all”. It is a personal thing. It is an adaptation that matches a person’s goals, skills, size, medical condition, developmental status, environment, and preferences. When you need to minimize barriers in your home, you need a building professional or designer who understands this . They also need to understand both construction, and disability or aging. One place to look is at the National Association of Home Builder’s website for a professional with a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) designation. http://www.nahb.org/directory.aspx?directoryID=188 Avoid working with designers or contractors who try to apply American With Disability Act Guidelines (ADDAAG) to residential situations. ADAAG are a good starting place and have to be used if they’ve been incorporated into your area’s building code, but they weren’t designed with your and your home in mind.

Accessibility can be accomplished with remodeling, equipment, or a combination of the two. If equipment is recommended, learn enough about the equipment to know how it works and what you need to be able to do to operate it. Work with a knowledgeable salesperson who knows the equipment and is willing to take the time to evaluate your skills and environment.


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