Re: Feedback requested: Accommodations for disabilities
From: Fiona Frank (fionafrankgmail.com)
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2020 12:27:24 -0700 (PDT)
yes when we raised funds for a lift in our coworking/event space next door
it became evident that it was useful for all sorts of things.

On Sun, 12 Jul 2020 at 19:36, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote:

> Accommodations for disabilities
>
> There are many messages in the archives on this topic. The last time I
> remember discussing this the term to search for on the web is “universal
> design.” There are many websites, books, etc. that discuss what is
> dangerous, difficult, obstructing, etc, for people at various ages — it is
> an issue for all ages and all abilities.
>
> Where I’ve come to on this is that every improvement in accessibility is
> useful to someone at every age. When one of our residents on wheels put in
> an automatically opening door on the Common House at this own expense, I
> thought well, it is really for his convenience so I’m glad he is paying for
> it. Wrong!
>
> The door quickly proved itself to be useful to everyone — caregivers
> pushing strollers, people using carts to bring in groceries, with sprained
> or broken limbs, UPS, bringing food to potlucks, carrying a child who is
> melting down, and the just plain exhausted.
>
> All the benefits to one group become a benefit to all.
>
> When it snows, smooth inclined entries are much easier to shovel than
> stairs. Children and other short people can work in the kitchen with lower
> counter tops.
>
> Building cohousing is your opportunity to create a more workable
> environment, as well as economical.
>
> Sharon
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> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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