A House for All Children

Chapter 3 - Accessibility to the Home

"This chapter gives detailed advice for getting your child from your street or driveway and into your home. Driveways; walkways; ramps; on-grade entries; lifts; and tactics for unlocking, opening, and getting through the door are all covered in this chapter. The excerpt below describes things to consider when putting an exterior accessibility plan into action and shows some examples of outdoor barrier-free design." - Authors

Accessible design is the gateway to a safe and supportive home. All of our work with people with disabilities--both adults and children--has convinced us that the need for an accessible home cannot be emphasized strongly enough. Accessibility is vital both to your child and to you. For your child, it is the critical pathway that will allow him to function safely and at the peak of his abilities. For you, an accessible house can help ease the physical and emotional strains of parenting a child with a disability. Generally speaking, it is better to develop a home modification plan now that will still work for your child and the equipment he will be using when he is fully grown.

Creating an Accessible Home:

Every family situation is different. Your ability to create an accessible home that works best for you and your child will depend on several key factors:

  • The first is the type and severity of your child's disability.

  • The second is the type of mobility device used.

  • The third is the size, style, and site of your home.

  • The fourth is your financial situation.

  • The fifth is zoning approvals.


A wide smooth walkway will make it easier to roll a Wheelchair around the property.


A flat level surface is needed curbside or at the
driveway for the schoolbus lift.

 

 

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