Category: Housing

How to ensure that the homes of people with disabilities are accessible.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Barrier-Free Housing: Policies for Elderly People in the United States and Canada
    • This paper identifies policy issues in creating barrier free housing for elderly people with disabilities in the United States and Canada. The strengths and weaknesses of a variety of policy approaches are contrasted. The approach in the United States which emphasizes individual housing rights is compared to the more social welfare approach used in Canada.
  • A Complete Guide On How To Remodel Your House
    • To get the most out of renovating your house, you will need to have properly planned and prepared for it as well as be knowledgeable on what could and might go wrong. Today we are going to be looking at all the things you should be considered before remodeling your house, how to go about doing that, and ways that you can save money during the process.
  • Access to Buildings and Services: Guidelines and Information
    • These guidelines have been developed to assist people with limited knowledge of building and discrimination law who want to look at ways to provide the best access possible to their buildings and services.
  • Accessible, Adaptable Low-Cost Housing in Egypt
    • This is the Report of the Fifth International Expert Seminar on Building Non-Handicapping Environments: Access Legislation and Design Solutions, Harare, Zimbabwe, January 16-18, 1992.
  • Accommodating Human Rights: A Human Rights Perspective on Housing, and Housing and Support, for Persons With Disability
    • An article which advocates that inclusive housing will result in a more equal opportunity for all to function in society. Housing should be built accommodating impairments so people with disabilities can live the independant lifestyle they are entitled to. Word document format.
  • Building for Everyone
    • Checklists, detailed specifications, and color photographs demonstrate how you can design an accessible bathroom, install a ramp into your office or home, widen doors. design accessible elevators, and create an accessible external (outdoors) environment. PDF format.
  • Built Environment Accessibility
    • Explains the concept of universal accessibility. Links to guidelines for architects, builders, and designers. Links to explanation of regulations in Ireland.
  • Community-Based Social Services:Practical Advice Based upon Lessons from Outside the World Bank
    • The purpose of this paper is to gather information outside of the World Bank, in both developed and developing countries, on design and delivery of communitybased social service initiatives and develop recommendations based on those findings. PDF format.
  • Creating Livable Communities
    • This report offers strategies and recommendations for moving toward a goal of livable communities, developed by the United States National Council on Disabilities
  • Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities—In the Public Eye
    • This report offers suggestions for comprehensive emergency management, describes how volunteer organizations can be used to help people with disabilities in times of disaster, and gives recommendations for good practices.
  • Emergency Planning for Centers for Independent Living: For Your Community
    • Resources for creating an emergency preparedness plan for a community.
  • Home modification
    • The world isn't flat or paved, of course, and for the most part no one was thinking about people using wheelchairs or walkers when they designed all our streets and buildings. However, things are changing as people with disabilities – as a result of the largest ever U.S. generation heading toward its senior years – have pushed to open up access to all people, including those with paralysis or mobility problems.
  • Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know
    • For many people, owning and maintaining a home is one of the most significant investments they ever make. But for individuals and veterans living with disabilities, or seniors aging in place, the fact that much of the world outside is not built to accommodate their needs magnifies the value of a comfortable home. It’s vital they and their loved ones have access to the best resources about how to make their homes livable and enjoyable.
  • Housing Documents and Advisory Publications: Disability Issues in Legislation (Ireland)
    • Ireland's National Disability Authority has made policy recommendations for how to improve the housing situation for people with disabilities and promote independent living (living in the community).
  • Promoting Access to the Built Environment
    • This publication provides guidance for improving access to the built environment for persons with disabilities by reducing and overcoming barriers. Useful for architects, planners, policy makers, government officials and non-governmental organizations, decision makers in the construction sector and persons with disabilities. PDF format.
  • The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective
    • This report looks at the state of housing for people with disabilities in America in the 21st century. It has three objectives: to evaluate public laws, policies, and program initiatives affecting the housing opportunities for people with disabilities, to analyze what housing, supports, and other benefits are available, and to provide recommendations that can improve housing opportunities for people with disabilities. HTML format.
  • The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective
    • This report looks at the state of housing for people with disabilities in America in the 21st century. It has three objectives: to evaluate public laws, policies, and program initiatives affecting the housing opportunities for people with disabilities, to analyze what housing, supports, and other benefits are available, and to provide recommendations that can improve housing opportunities for people with disabilities. PDF format.
  • The Ultimate Guide for First Time Renovators
    • To make sure you turn your home into your own perfect paradise, here is the ultimate guide for first time renovators.
  • Universal Design & Green Home Survey Checklist
    • This checklist explains how to build an accessible and environmentally friendly living area. PDF format.
  • Veteran’s Guide to Funding Home Modifications
    • If you’ve served in the military, you can get one of the best tangible rewards for that service by taking advantage of two big government programs: the Veterans Affairs Home Loans program or, in the case of veterans disabled in the line of duty, special grants to build or adapt homes more compatible with those disabilities.