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Provides products that help assure that all people have full physical access to locations in the community as well as assistance in gaining greater independence, with specific information about physical accessibility standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Managed by: Glenn Hedman (ghedman@uic.edu) of University of Illinois at Chicago Assistive Technology Unit

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (21 Products)
Electronic Media (9 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (15 Products)
Other (6 Products)


Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
An online version of the Department of Justice's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for making sure that community settings are accessible to all people.
A Guidebook on Consumer Controlled Housing
A guidebook for consumers and families on selecting and controlling one's own housing through ownership and rental. You can view it online or download as a PDF file for free.
A Consumer's Guide to Home Adaptation
This user-friendly, illustrated book is for anyone who needs to make changes in their home, for better access and safety. Illustrated worksheets highlight potential problems and solutions.
A place in the pew: People with disabilities advocate to attend church of choice
This article talks about accessibility and people with disabilities being able to attend the church of their choice.
A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People With Disabilities
This guide gives event planners guidelines for the inclusion of people with disabilities in temporary events. Most information is about accommodating people with physical disabilities, but there is some information about other groups.
Accessibility Audits
This checklist helps churches be accessible for people with many kinds of disabilities.
Accessibility Checklist: A Self-assessment Tool
This checklist helps outdoor recreation providers. It focuses mostly on physical accessibility.
ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities
This guide offers practical planning information for before, during, and after an emergency/evacuation situation. You can read it online or download it as a PDF file.
ADA Paratransit Services: Demand Has Increased, but Little is Known about Compliance
A report that looked at how accessible public transportation services for people with disabilities.
Autism, Discrimination and the Law
A book describing how the legal requirements of the UK's Disability Discrimination Act 1995 might be met for students and employees with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Beaches for Disabled Swimmers in Split: Few and Far Between
This news story is about an accessible swimming beach in the country of Croatia.
Existing Facility Checklist
This 87-page document explains in detail how to make places accessible for people who have physical disabilities. You can download it as a PDF.
Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What you need to know
This web-based article gives advice on finding ways to pay for making a home more accessible. There are also many ideas about how to make each room work well for people with disabilities.
Life on Wheels: The A to Z Guide to Living Fully with Mobility Issues 2nd Edition
This book is about how to have a full life as a person who uses a wheelchair.
Low Cost Accommodations For Accessibility in Your Synagogue
A list of ways synagogues can become more accessible for people with disabilities.
Making Homes that Work
This book offers ways of creating homes whose physical layout works well for people who have autism. It has worksheets and can be downloaded for free as a PDF file.
Practical Guide to Universal Home Design
This book is about how to make your home a physically easy place to live and visit, whether you have a disability or not.
Removing Barriers to Health Care: A Guide for Health Professionals
This booklet explains what health care facilities must do to become more physically accessible to people with disabilities.
Removing Barriers to Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities
This book explains what health clubs can do to become more accessible to people with disabilities. It mostly focuses on the needs of people with physical disabilities and can be viewed online for free.
Resources on Emergency Evacuation and Disaster Preparedness
This web-based article concludes with many resources on disability access issues in disaster preparedness and response.
Univerity of Illinois opens state-of-the-art dorm for students with disabilities
This online article is about what was thought to be the first fully accessible college dorm in the country.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
ADA Stories Four Communities Improve Civic Access
This website tells the stories of four communities across the United States. Each has made its programs, services and facilities more accessible for people with disabilities.
Disability Evacuation Plan
This DVD and manual helps businesses plan for emergencies.
Disability Friendly Colleges
This web site offers ideas about what the authors believe are the most disability-friendly colleges in the country. It focuses on the needs of people with physical disabilities.
Dynamic-Living.com
A website that has many products to help people live independently in their homes.
Global Accessibility News
This website has short news stories from all around the world. They are about how countries are making improvements to help people with disabilities.
Parking Mobility
This smartphone app allows people to easily report cars that are illegally parked in a space reserved for people with disabilities.
The Center for Universal Design
This Center does research and develops products that explain how universal design works in different situations and emphasizes physical accessibility.
Universal Design Education
This website has ideas about how to make training work well for everyone. This is called Universal Design.
Wheelmap
A website and smartphone app that provides wheelchair accessibility information for places all over the world.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Access Living
This Independent Living Center is located in a building designed by and for people with disabilities.
Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.)
A program that allows people with disabilities to express themselves through art.
Concrete Change
This network wants to make sure all new homes are accessible to people with physical disabilities.
Congregational Accessibility Network
A network of people and a website with tools to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in faith communities.
Disability Friendly Colleges
This web site offers ideas about what the authors believe are the most disability-friendly colleges in the country. It focuses on the needs of people with physical disabilities.
IDS Neighborhood Stabilization Program
A program in the Jackson, Mississippi area to help people with disabilities live in and own their own homes.
Inclusion Solutions LLC
This company provides practical products and services that help people with disabilities enter business places.
Institute for Human Centered Design
Institute for Human Centered Design is an organization that provides advocacy and training on environmental issues that confront people with disabilities and elderly people.
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC (University Pennsylvania Medical Center)
This hospital has a center that serves women with physical disabilities. They have made modifications to make exams and tests easier.
Midwest Canine Assistance, Inc. - KSDS Guide and Service Dogs
An organization that trains and matches assistance dogs with people who have disabilities.
National Center on Accessibility
A national center promoting access to recreation activities for persons with disabilities.
The Center for Universal Design
This Center does research and develops products that explain how universal design works in different situations and emphasizes physical accessibility.
The Ramp Project - A Community Partnership
A program that helps people build wheelchair accessible ramps at their homes.
U.S. Access Board
The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency committed to accessible design.
WhisperGLIDE Swing
This company makes wheelchair accessible porch swings. Products can be ordered online.
Other
2004 ADA Requirements for Emergency Evacuation Planning for people with disabilities--Maryland Decision
This product describes a Maryland circuit court decision. It declared that the ADA required places of public accommodation to consider the needs of people with disabilities in developing emergency evacuation plans.
Adaptive Clothing, Incontinence Products & Adult Bibs
These are mealtime products that promote dignity while dining. They look like clothing but function like a bib. There are also clothing solutions for people with various behaviors like tearing, undressing and incontinence.
Dr. Stanley Ducharme, Ph.D.
Dr. Ducharme is a consultant specializing in person-centered supports. He provides useful support about persons with physical disabilities and in many other areas.
Portable EZ-Step
This device makes it easier to go up stairs. It is designed for people who use a cane.
Roll-A-Ramp
A portable ramp for wheelchair users.
Talking Thermostat
A programmable thermostat that supports the independent living of persons who have visual, cognitive or other types of disabilities


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