A Home for the Whole FamilyBy Exceptional Parent Magazine, Vol. 38, No. 7, pp. 24-26
Publication Date: July 2008
Article describes the process of designing and building a home that would allow a young boy with cerebral palsy access to every area of the house. The boy’s parents worked with the firm Adaptive Architecture to build a barrier-free home with features including (1) wheelchair-accessible exterior doors; (2) garage custom-designed for a wheelchair van; (3) three-stop residential elevator with automatic door and gate opener; (4) five-feet wide wheelchair-accommodating hallways; (5) oversized doors and doorways; (6) a therapy room; (7) the boy’s bedroom designed to accommodate a future ceiling-track lift system; (8) wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, with the boy’s bathroom featuring a roll-in shower, changing counter, and roll-under sink; and (9) backyard swimming pool accessed via a roll-in ramp at the shallow end. Several of the accommodations were added to enable the boy to grow up in the home without encountering accessibility barriers. More information about barrier-free and accessible home design can be found at the Adaptive Architecture website: http://www.adaparch.com/.
Published by: EP Global Communications (Website:http://www.eparent.com)