|RE: Including People With Disabilities?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: bdsullivan (bdsullivancuhk.hk)|
|Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 12:45:09 -0600|
>Bob Jones asked: >> Do any cohousing communities have experience with including members >> with severe disabilities? RS said>> >> I beleive Muir commons did some retrofit work, late in their project to >> accomodate a child in a wheelchair. We currently have no person chairbound, but probably >> will eventually as folks age and such. We had a summer visitor who was >> chair bound and it taught us a lot about the difficulty of things such >> as opening doors! This gets to a topic referred to as ADAPTABLE HOUSING. The concept is simple. Design homes for us at later stages in our life when we may be wheelcahir bound or have another disability (see Judith Wisdoms message.). This applies for even short term injuries that confines one to a wheelchair, limitations of movement, sight and other disabilities. In adaptable housing, not all features for the disabled are built initially, but key elements that require additional space are planned for. Also if a later change would be impossible or expensive, they are typically planned for in the initial design too (eg, larger bathrooms.) The basic idea is to build a house and site that requires minimal effort to "Adapt" to the needs of the Disabled. The advantage of designing for the future "lifestage" of your family is that you are not forced to move as you get older! Benefits of these strategies are many. First it makes your community accessible to friends right now (see RS comment above.) Second, it allows residents to stay as they age. This is good because it allows the community to maintain an age mix and allows a community to help others as they age. It also prevents someone from having to sell their "family" (or in this case "community") house where they have built up many memories and attachments over the years! In fact moving when you are older ( and after becoming disabled) is one of the most tramatic experiences of ones life. I remember one specialist in the field once telling me that there is an abnormal rate of death after such moves (I don't remember the exact numbers.) Adaptable housing considers many things such as: the width of all doors adapatable cabinets in kitchens wheelchair accessible buildings (all) at least one bedroom on the ground floor. Bathrooms that can be altered for grab bars etc. There are more. Since I have been overseas for 6 years, there may be a new term for adaptable housing. ( I may even be using political incorrect terms for other disabilities so please forgive me) It may even be part of local codes by now. Does anyone in the States know of current publications covering this topic? Brian Sullivan Brian D. Sullivan, Lecturer Department of Architecture Chinese University of Honk Kong email bdsullivan [at] cuhk.hk
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