Working from home is an accommodation long sought by many people with disabilities.

Coronavirus could revolutionize work opportunities for people with disabilities

Working from home has become the “new normal” for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this clearly has its downsides, one group in particular may benefit a great ...
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Wounded Warrior Home Project at Fort Belvoir, VA

Universal Design Homes Helping Soldiers with PTSD

The IDEA center recognizes the tremendous challenges faced by individuals who experience PTSD, particularly active duty soldiers. Our collaboration with Clark Realty Capital on the Wounded Warrior Home Project at Fort Belvoir, ...
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Walk lines

Design for Life

The AAA invited some of the worlds' foremost design gurus to reimagine the relationship between our older selves and the built environment. Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design Royal College ...
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Senior man cutting peppers

New report on housing needs for an aging population

Data from the 2011 American Housing Survey was used to provide estimates of housing units with aging-accessible features, such as handrails or grab bars in the bathroom, a wheelchair-accessible kitchen, ...
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CityStream: Universal Design & Aging in Place

As more of the population reaches age 60 or older, some may be planning a move to a retirement community or assisted living. But with the rising cost of housing, ...
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Lombard Place Assisted Living and Memory Care, 300 West 22nd St., Lombard, Ill.

Did Developers Badly Miscalculate How, Where Seniors Want To Live?

As more new senior housing is delivered every year, more evidence piles up that the generation expected to move into it has other ideas ...
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Interior apartment

Architecture for the Blind: Intelligent and Inclusive Spaces for the Blind User

The design of spaces for people with visual disabilities is an important issue when it comes to talking about accessibility. Architects who adopt the principles of universal design understand that ...
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This home in Sonoma, CA was designed and built with a steel frame and modular construction by Connect Homes for a women who wanted to age in place. It has many Universal Design features.

Universal Design: A Growing Trend For When Building A Forever Home

More and more people today are building houses with the idea of aging-in-place. This is not only a consideration for seniors but also for younger people who want to stay ...
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Pile of wheels

Tokyo 2020: Former Paralympian Says True Accessibility Still Long Way Off

As Tokyo prepares for the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics, accessibility is an area of strong interest to many. Ice sledge hockey player and three-time Paralympian Uehara Daisuke commends the strong ...
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How to Design an Accessible Kitchen: Adjustable and Multifunctional Furniture

Universal accessibility in architecture refers to the capacity that all people have to access and inhabit a space regardless of their cognitive and physical capacities, and it is a subject ...
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Jane Earl, an advocate for universal design, is shown in her renovated condominium.

Advocate for ‘universal design’ urges developers to make apartments accessible for all

Jane Earl was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 26, a week before her wedding. “I will continue to get weaker, I am destined to be in a ...
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Jenna Reed-Côté in her recently renovated Vancouver home. Interior designer Kendall Ansell utilized Universal design (UD) principles

Universal design hits home for all

Utilizing Universal Design, interior designer Kendall Ansell and team were able to create a home that would be accessible for Jenna Reed-Cote, who has been in a wheelchair all her ...
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Bedrock Chief Design Officer Melissa Dittmer

Designing a More Inclusive Detroit For Residents, Old and New

Stephen Henderson speaks with three people who have spent a lot of time thinking about how to design a better future for all Detroiters ...
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Man in wheelchair holding a tablet, women standing behind him pointing to something on tablet.

Universal Design Increases In Style, Availability and Luxury

87 percent of adults age 65-plus want to stay in their current home and community as they age ...
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Terry Helvie outside of her rental in Hamlet, N.C. She stayed there with her two disabled children while her house was being repaired following Hurricane Florence.

People With Disabilities Hit Hardest By Storms, Say Advocates

As Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas, Terry Helvie and her children were forced to evacuate to a shelter farther inland. They met a new set of challenges there ...
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Professor Catherine Bridge (right) is determined to improve the accessibility of the built environment through inclusive design that attends to the needs of diversity. Former occupational therapist Penny Plumbe (left)

The best built environment is an inclusive one, designed for ageing and disability

Home modifications can help delay institutional care, creating benefits for the individual, the taxpayer and the healthcare system ...
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Universal design expert Rosemarie Rossetti aimed to create a home that she could function independently in while in her wheelchair. Image shows Rosemarie at her kitchen sink.

A Fully Accessible Space

The Universal Design Living Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio, is the top-rated universal design home in North America with three national universal design certifications. The Universal Design Living Laboratory serves as ...
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diagrammatic graphic of smart home

The Smart Home IoT Market is Looking to Make an Impact Well Beyond Convenience

As artificial intelligence and IoT continue to advance and refine, the smart home is starting to take flight. More and more objects are now becoming connected to smart devices—washing machines, ...
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A rendering of the Hampton by Hilton hotel planned for a site near Amherst’s Northtown Center. The Amherst IDA on Friday approved tax breaks for the $14.4 million hotel by Uniland Development Co.

$1.15 million in tax breaks approved for hotel at Amherst’s Northtown Center

New Uniland Development Company hotel in Amherst, New York, will incorporate innovative solutions for Universal Design(isUD™). Supported by extensive evidence from research and practice, isUD™ includes both tried and true ideas and cutting-edge ...
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rendering of outdoor real estate that results from climate gentrification

Coastal cities are already suffering from “climate gentrification”

Climate change will speed up the process of gentrification in coastal cities by constricting the supply of livable land, and rendering it very expensive due to scarcity ...
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Women demonstrating the flexible housing design at the national building museum exhibit to meet the needs of the aging population

Function of Future Housing For an Aging Population

A National Building Museum exhibit explores the need for housing that is not only more affordable for future buyers, but will address the needs of an aging population. Technology and function ...
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Interior of a retirement community area, with a lot of natural light. Elderly women sitting by a window.

The Changing Face of Retirement

Between 2010 and 2040, we predict the nation’s 65-plus population will grow by roughly 90 percent. This ballooning number of seniors will impact industries as diverse as health care, technology, ...
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Digital render of a wheelchair user facing a barrier inside of a maze

Wheelchairs Prohibited in the Last Place You’d Expect

“It’s outrageous. They were told, ‘If you’re going to use a wheelchair, you can’t live here anymore.’” ...
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graphic illustration of a young one half of a face and an aged opposite half of the face.

Planning to Age in Place? Find a Contractor Now

Older people have the highest rate of home-ownership in the country — about 80 percent. The great majority live in single-family homes, most of them poorly suited for the disabilities common in ...
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An aging in place home with a no-curb entrance

10 ways to prepare your home for aging in place

Just 1 percent of homes are conducive to aging in place. So thinking long term about universal design and the ways it can help us remain at home across all ...
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Interior of Inclusio apartment, designed to be barrier free for people with limited mobility

Meet the developer behind Calgary’s first fully automated apartments for people with disabilities

The push of a button or a simple voice command can turn on the lights, adjust the temperature, open blinds and change the TV channel ...
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The Saalfelds added a wheel-chair friendly master suite to their four bedroom home

No place like home for aging peacefully

Aging-in-place solutions are rapidly becoming one of the high-demand sectors of the remodeling industry. But a contractor's knowledge and training are critical to achieving a working solution ...
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This bathroom in Divco's Baywood model in Pine Ridge features several elements of Universal Design. Shown here is a roll-in shower.

Divco’s Design-to-Build concept uses Universal Design theory

"Our Design -Build approach use Universal Design to the full extent of its possibilities. It is not a question of simply lowering counters or of having hallways 4’ feet wide. It ...
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Elderly women, Rose, from Western New York sharing her opinion.

Life After Working, and Driving, in Rural WNY

When considering the next thirty years for Western New York, we must also think about Baby Boomers’ roles within that future ...
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Elderly couple, laughing while drinking wine

A boomer for business: Growing senior population offers builders, remodelers new opportunity

"We like to think that we’ve designed into the home what they would need to stay independent, and that’s why we really call it active adult housing" ...
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Outdoor patio of the Town Hall Apartments featuring greenery and wooden benches.

Providers Rise to New Standards for LGBT Senior Living

No, this isn’t a new condominium for the city’s young, urban professionals, but rather an affordable housing unit that has become a haven for the city’s low-income older lesbian, gay, ...
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Public Transportation illustration by Tommy Parker at Synergy

What is life really like for disabled people? The Disability Diaries reveal all

We asked seven people to keep diaries for a month to document the reality of being disabled in Britain today. Frances Ryan reflects on the issues that arose – public ...
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Rendering of exterior of Waterstone at the Circle, an urban independent living community scheduled to open in Boston in January

Aging baby boomers still want it all, including luxe urban apartment living

Opening in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood in January, Waterstone, which is being billed as an urban independent living community, represents a watershed in American demographics, senior life, and real estate development ...
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The bathroom in the Wheel Pad wheelchair accessible tiny house doesn’t sacrifice style.

Could wheelchair-friendly tiny houses be a “big” option for people with disabilities?

If you’ve spent much time on social media, chances are you’ve seen a tiny house pop up in your feed. But disability and tiny don’t seem like they go together at ...
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Health care professional holding elder women in wheelchair. The two are smiling at each other.

Growing interest in connected health tech to enable aging-in-place, Parks Associates says

Our greying generation is embracing aging and retirement with high expectations, and home is their preferred place to enjoy this aging journey ...
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Clerestory windows in the living room/dining room flood the space with natural light. A modern wall mounted gas fireplace provides both warmth and style.

At home: Benton Park home designed for wheelchair users is both beautiful and functional

Universal, or accessible, design is a growing trend in the home building and remodeling industries as the baby-boomer population continues to age and people with disabilities wish to live as ...
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universal design kitchen

Universal design makes homes accessible and pleasing

In our 40s, we’ve accepted the aches and pains that remind us we’re no longer 25. That said, the last thing we want to think about is how our health ...
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illustration by Joyce Hesselberth

Planning to Age in Place? Find a Contractor Now

“All the carpets are coming up, so they won’t be a trip hazard,” said Ernie MacNeill, walking through the split-level house in Fair Lawn, N.J., that he is remodeling for ...
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universal design kitchen

You’re Not Too Young To Incorporate Universal Design Features Into Your Renovation

The idea of growing old have you freaked out? You're in good company. But when it comes to renovating and updating our homes, maybe we all need to get over ...
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facade of 6 north building

Curious Louis: How builders can use universal design to make homes everyone can use

Built in 2004, it’s the nation’s first building constructed entirely under the universal design concept, which incorporates features that allow people with disabilities to live in the space. It can ...
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a group of older adults sitting at table

Forget millennials: Seniors are poised to reshape the housing market

As baby boomers age, will they change the paradigm of older adult housing? ...
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older adult in front of her home

Can America’s Aging Stay in Their Homes?

A recent report outlines a number of challenges to aging in place ...
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universal design kitchen

Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability

Muted colors and matte finishes create a soothing environment for children with autism. A slate-gray cooking surface on a cream porcelain countertop provides contrast for those with vision disabilities. And ...
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co-housing community

Cohousing communities help prevent social isolation

Groups in Denmark and the U.S. are choosing to live in intentionally intergenerational communities, which emerged to strengthen social ties between aging seniors and their younger counterparts who are balancing ...
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older couple

Acceptable, affordable housing key to healthy aging

As housing strategies continue to be tested across Ontario, it is encouraging to see communities driven by a common question: What is required to support quality of life and optimize ...
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A temporary public health education space

A whole new breed of architecture can help fight drug addiction and save thousands of lives every year

On January 13, 2016, police found the body of a 31-year-old man, who had been dead for “at least” 12 hours, in a car parked on Pike Street in Capitol ...
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london neighborhood scene

How design can help inclusive growth

This week the Inclusive Growth Commission published their final findings and recommendation after an independent enquiry into how the UK can achieve inclusive growth ...
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accessible housing unit toronto

How Accessibility-Focused Housing Design Benefits Everyone

Two years ago, changes to the Ontario Building Code upped accessibility requirements for multiunit residential buildings ...
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Using the PEAC system to open a door

Architect designs smart nursing home controlled by the blink of an eye

When landscape architect Steve Saling was diagnosed with ALS in 2006, he was determined to live as well as he could. "Our society treats prisoners with more dignity and respect ...
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person walking in a hallway with others siting the background
Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus