Eleanor Smith’ 30-plus years of advocacy for Visitability in new homes is paying off as Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act on July 28. Per Visitability guidelines, the bill would require every new home financed or funded by the federal government to include a zero-step entrance, wheelchair accessible doorways […]
If it ain’t right, you gotta fix it. Stories of adaptation.
I spent Sunday afternoon engaged in my most coveted chore: mowing my back yard, a small field wrapped around granite boulders, with my riding tractor mower. The trees, flowers, grass and weeds in my yard are in the midst of a springtime revival, sudden and exponential growth, and the grass was taking over my yard. […]
Although condos are not covered by the ADA, some features must be accessible under Fair Housing laws, and discrimination is illegal.
Blaze your own Trax Last May we took an in-depth look at the emerging field of track chairs. If you missed it, or have no idea what a track chair is, think wheelchair meets tank: big, powerful chairs, usually with treads to help you conquer the most unforgiving terrain. Based on the responses we got […]
The Laurent House — a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece — set the bar for accessible living more than 60 years ago.
All wheelchair users know searching for an accessible home is not easy. Sometimes we can get lucky searching on mainstream real estate sites like Zillow or Trulia, but it’s rare to find “wheelchair accessible” properties on these sites — and this probably is not going to change any time soon. Fortunately there are two websites […]
I love to bake, but holy cow do my hands fight me! I don’t let this stop me, though. Fresh baked cookies, pineapple upside-down cake, rhubarb crisp … with adapted baking tools, I can make it all. Instead of using an oven, I use a countertop toaster oven for all my baking needs. Having the […]
After Rosemarie Rossetti became paralyzed in 1998, she encountered significant barriers in navigating the old two-story home she shared with her husband Mark Leder. These struggles sparked a 10-year effort in persuading sponsors to partner with the couple to build a home that would become a living laboratory for the concepts of universal design. They’ve […]
Andrea Dalzell, 27, is the new Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015. Her platform is two-fold — promote activities for people with spinal cord injuries and improve the amount of accessible housing in New York. The latter is especially near and dear to her heart. “It deeply disturbs me that more and more young people with […]