If you are building a home from scratch or thinking about a major remodel, you might want to consider incorporating universal design into your home. Universal design is the concept of creating an environment that is usable by as many people as possible (including able-bodied people) without the need for adaptation. More importantly, universal design is subtle in its implementation. Following are some ways of incorporating universal design into your own home.
The Arkansas Universal Design Mobile Display is a Universally Designed display bathroom built inside of a trailer. The trailer can be reserved by home shows, county fairs, professional conferences, and other large venues that wish to educate the public through a hands on exploration of Universal Design. Its purpose is to inform the public, as well as professionals in the home health and building trades about the benefits and practical applications of UD. The Mobile Display is housed in Little Rock, but is available for events in all parts of Arkansas. Information about the costs and staffing associated with reserving the Mobile Display can be found at the link listed below.
From the March 2, 2011, issue of The New York Times comes this article about the growing number of people becoming aware about Universal Design and the advantages it offers.