A House for All Children

Chapter 1: Why We Wrote This Book

This chapter provides an overview of A House for All Children-the goals of the book, things to keep in mind as you read through it, a description of the families who were interviewed for the book, their comments on the impact of the home and about how successful environments help both parents and children. In the following excerpt we present the goals of the book and summarize how a safe and accessible home benefits the entire family.- Authors

We set four goals for this parents' manual. They are:

  • To stress the importance of a barrier-free and supportive home.

  • To remind you that needs will change over time as your child grows. Your home should adapt and "grow along with your child."

  • To provide practical advice for creating the proper level of physical, social, and emotional support in your home.

  • To encourage you to think about and plan for the future. When the need to modify the home with ramps, roll-in showers, and other assistive devices appears, it will not come as a shock.

"Modifications made my child feel safe, so he was less hyper."

These responses led to an obvious question--how does a successful home design help a child with a disability? Here is what we found:

Successful Home Environments

A home setting that helped both parents and children was one that:




Home - Book Highlights - Video Highlights - Order Form - Contact Info

This website is optimized for use with a screen resolution of 800x600 and Version 5.0 or higher web browsers.

All Rights Reserved - No part of this website may be reprinted without permission from
CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING SCIENCE RESEARCH
NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
CAMPBELL HALL ROOM 335
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY 07102-1982

Web Design by:

Visit Our Website-Let Us Come Up With A Creative Solution For You!