ERIC Number: EJ948321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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Universal Design in Housing "Comes of Age"...for Parents and Kids Alike
Schwab, Charles M.
Exceptional Parent, v41 n7 p16-18 Jul 2011
Parents of children with special needs are beginning to realize that a home designed for their child who might now use a wheelchair may benefit them as well in the future as they "Age in Place". As the boomers age and Medicare and Medicaid seem to possibly decline in the not so distant future as a source of funding for elderly and special needs housing, people and their families will be opting to live the rest of their lives in their own homes. There may quite possibly be several generations living under the same roof in any given home. As this becomes a reality, homes that feature Universal Design (UD) will be a great asset and will only increase in value. What was known as simple accessible housing with a ramp, wider doors and maybe a curb-less shower, has become quite sophisticated yet simple in its implementation and is known as Universal Design or Life-Span Home Design. This article focuses on some of the features of UD and provides a brief introduction to an inclusive designed UD home.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Parents, Housing, Assistive Technology, Special Needs Students, Design, Accessibility (for Disabled), Children, Physical Disabilities, Aging (Individuals), Building Design, Interior Design
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