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Practical Guide to Universal Home Design

Authors: Iowa Program for Assistive Technology(Part of Iowa's UCEDD)



Description:

This 20-page book provides lots of helpful content with checklists to make a home more physically accessible, click on the "Web Links" tab above to download it as a PDF. After reviewing the intent of universal design and providing additional resources, the content of the book is organized around particular areas of a typical home, including:

-site plan(meaning outdoor layout) and general floor plan
-entry way(the booklet advocates for a step-free entry)
-kitchen
-bathroom
-laundry
-sleeping areas
-living and dining areas
-closets and storage areas
-garage
-doorways and walkways
-floors
-windows
-stairs
-electrical outlets and controls

For each area, the booklet begins by giving a checklist of essential elements of an environment free of physical barriers, followed by a checklist of additional elements to consider when building or remodeling a home. The booklet also does a nice job of starring accessibility elements that do not require structural changes so can be inexpensive/easy to add.


Contact Info:
Title:Iowa Program for Assistive Technology
Organization:Center for Disabilities and Development
Address:100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City,, IA 52242-1011
  
Phone:1-800-331-3027
  

Web Links

http://n.b5z.net/i/u/10125099/f/PracticalGuideUniversalHome2011.pdf
Download the booklet as a PDF

http://www.iowaat.org/
Visit the home page of the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology

http://www.iowaat.org/udbooklet
View a summary of the booklet on publisher's website


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