Re: Feedback requested: Accommodations for disabilities
From: Lisa Kuntz (
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:19:39 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks, Alan, I was hoping you would reply!

I always appreciate your responses.

Silver Sage has fewer accommodations and a more challenging set up than 
Daybreak here in Portland.

I’m surprised that more accessibility wasn’t built into a community for seniors.

After meeting with Alicia DeLashmutt of “Our Home” in Portland, we were 
introduced to some helpful, inclusive language in alignment with your question, 
Why not just ask?

Nothing about me without me. When discussing accessibility, everyone should 
have a place at the table.
Beyond the law and ADA requirements: How can we include everyone so that we are 
able to enjoy being together in a variety of activities? Inclusiveness in coho 
is about intention to be inclusive, not about making accommodations because 
they are required ADA by law. Together, how can we help everyone be together in 
as many ways as possible?

Later, I’ll add to the discussion by sharing some of the accommodations we have 
made at Daybreak, a multigenerational community that was built in 2010.

Lisa Kuntz
Daybreak Cohousing
Portland, Oregon <>

> On Jul 11, 2020, at 5:29 AM, Alan O'Hashi via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> In my view, accessibility and cohousing are inherently incompatible. Where I 
> live in Boulder, Colorado is all people over 60. The place was designed with 
> universal accessibility in mind but not total accessibility. Cohousing by 
> definition isn't exactly convenient for old people like me. The idea is to 
> design the flow so neighbors bump into each other. At my place, the parking 
> is on the other side of the courtyard. The only ways to get there are 
> trodding narrow sidewalks that wind around to the parking spaces and garages. 
> Some garages are across the alley. During the winter, particularly, walking 
> isn't exactly the safest, even after the snow shoveling contractor gets done.
> A person doesn't really know what it's like to be unable to get around in a 
> wheel chair or walker, until having experienced that, which I did for several 
> months when I was recovering from being really sick. I found that it was 
> pretty much impossible to get into the common house on my own since the doors 
> were manual, and had those threshold bumps to navigate. It was less of a 
> hassle to wheel myself all the way around the perimeter to get to the front 
> of the building than to enter the common house from the route closest to my 
> back door. To get to the parking, wheel chairs have to travel over the 
> circuitous sidewalks to the handicap parking spot. Why isn't there a straight 
> shot to the handicap parking, in addition to the curvy sidewalks?
> When I became more ambulatory and got around in a walker, then a cane, the 
> community has a long sidewalk connecting one end to the other, the end that 
> had a short flight of steps, had no hand rails, but does now when my upstairs 
> neighbor who was late 80s, God rest her soul, couldn't negotiate the steps. 
> Why are steps there in the first place?
> My suggestion? Rather than guessing, ask a person who can't get around 
> without wheel chair or can't see very well about the best/practical ways to 
> be accessible.
> Thx
> Alan O.
> Alan O'Hashi 
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