'One of the best new guides I have run across to achieve this goal is The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities, by Deborah Pierce. The structure of this handbook is smart”
– Meg White, REALTOR® Magazine
“I found myself paging through The Accessible Home, foraging for ideas for my own home--having forgotten that this was a specialized book only for those with disabilities.”
– Lee Wallender, About.com Guide, Home Renovations
'As author, Deborah Pierce understands and conveys it, “universal design” aims at creating buildings and spaces that allow use by the disabled and able-bodied alike.'
- The Detroit News
'A terrific guide'
– The Wall Street Journal
Millions of baby boomers are approaching the golden years. While it’s a marker worth celebrating, it can also be a reminder of uncertain times ahead. How will I manage? Can I stay in my home?
The Accessible Home goes beyond ramps and grab-bars to help aging boomers, or those faced with disabilities, accomplish home accessibility on a deeper level. With a focus on closing the gap between home and homeowner, architect Deborah Pierce leads readers through the steps of universal design—from hiring the right architect to creating a pleasing space with the final details.
Plus, an insider’s look at 25 case studies shows that the best design is built in, not tacked on, and that “accessible” can be both beautiful and functional. The Accessible Home empowers people of all ages and challenges them to create homes that restore independence and the grace of daily living.
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Table Of Contents
What Is an Accessible Home?
Approach and Arrival
Living and Dining
Preparing and Cooking Meals
Personal Hygiene and Care
Dressing and Sleeping
Historic Accessible Homes
Multistory and Accessible
Homes for Extended Families
Aging in Place
Afterword: Make it happen!
Intro IN THE EARLY 1990S THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES Act was in its infancy, and my architectural practice was busy assessing public buildings for compliance with the ADA. The School Department in my city had embraced a program called _—“Understanding Handicaps,_—ù to teach fourth-graders about human differences through its character-education curriculum. Taught by trained parent facilitators, the program simulated various disabilities so that the students could experience the challenges of being unable to use their bodies fully. Thinking my experience might be of help, I signed up to lead the 2-week unit on physical disabilities.
For the last class of the unit we invited a young man to speak with the students about his experiences as a quadriplegic. Jim had broken his spine diving into shallow water. Now living and driving independently, he planned to meet us in the auditorium. The fourth-grade students were waiting for Jim as the minutes ticked by. Recalling a new citywide policy on locking school doors, I went to the front entrance thinking the bell might be out of order. A van was parked beside the curb-cut near the side door, and Jim was seated in his wheelchair at the only school entrance with a ramp_—”and no doorbell.
Accompanying Jim through the school was an eye-opening experience. The building presented barriers at every turn, starting with a doorbell-less ramped entrance. Corridor doors came in sets of two, narrow heavy oak doors swinging toward the exit that were impossible to enter without assistance. The auditorium floor pitched steeply down toward the stage with narrow maneuvering aisles and landings. The school_—Ès only accessible restroom was unisex and child-sized. Something clicked for me: It would take more than laws to ensure equitable environments, although the ADA was an important start.
Years later in my own practice, a couple turned to me to renovate their house when their daughter Jamie was six. The house was an obstacle course for a child with cerebral palsy and using a power wheelchair, with steep stairs, and bathrooms too small for Jamie and an assistant. Her mother suggested I visit Jamie at school to see her in a barrier-free setting. Jamie was a different child there, independent and engaged. It was crystal clear that the environment has a profound impact on who we are and whether we can fulfill our potential as human beings.
ISBN 978-1-60085-491-0 Video No Author Deborah Pierce Publication Year 2012 Dimensions 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 Pages 240 Photo 225 Drawings 30 Other Formats 77615 Cover Paperback
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