UD expert Rosemarie Rosetti returns with a second guest blog post about her important work. Like many people, Rosemarie was unaware of the unnecessary obstacles posed by the built environment until her abilities changed significantly. Because UD so dramatically benefits persons who have disabilities, many assume that UD is only for that population. We must always look to the name for an important reminder: Universal Design benefits everyone! And UD features are going mainstream. Why? Because these features are simply good design–design which respect people’s needs, abilities, and behaviors. Consider a touchless faucet. It can be a necessity for someone with limited use of their hand or arm, but it benefits a typical user in eliminating the need for touch when dirty hands are needing to be washed. For UD to really be successful, we must put the emphasis on the behaviors to be supported, not the lack of abilities of the user.
Rosemarie has compiled her years of research and experience into an new Universal Design Toolkit. She is graciously offering this resource to ESG blog readers at a discounted price. If you have not read Rosemarie’s original post on her groundbreaking Universal Design Living Laboratory, please take a moment to read it.
A New Resource on Universal Design: The Universal Design Toolkit
By Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
Lessons Learned Building the Universal Design Living Laboratory
The project of designing and building a universal design national demonstration home and garden with a team of experts has given me a graduate level education.
I was injured in 1998 and had never heard of universal design. There was a steep learning curve for me in ramping up to build our home. Having lived in the Universal Design Living Laboratory using a wheelchair for the past five years, gives me a unique perspective.
I have learned the importance of space planning and that small differences in the width of a door, height of a threshold, or slope of a ramp can impact a person’s independence. I have experienced the joy of rolling on hardwood and tile flooring. No longer do I have sore shoulders as I did when rolling on the carpet in my previous home. The safety features like grab bars in the toileting area and shower have kept me from falling and made transfers easier. Life is easier when a home includes universal design features and products.
The Demand for Universal Design is Growing
People expect “home” to be place that provides independence, accessibility, safety and peace of mind – despite disabilities, limitations and health challenges. A growing proportion is choosing to stay in their homes for as long as possible to avoid moving to assisted living or nursing facilities.
This movement isn’t restricted only to the aging. It applies, as well, to patients with sudden health changes – due to accidents, stroke, spinal cord injury – as well as to those with degenerative conditions such as arthritis, amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS), dementia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease.
What is the Universal Design Toolkit?
As a result of our building project, I acquired research skills and a wealth of information that I wanted to share with others. This resulted in writing the Universal Design Toolkit, a 200 page e-book that is packaged with four hours of online videos and webinars.
The Universal Design Toolkit is new … unique … and is the only learning program resource of its kind.
More than 10 years of research were distilled into relevant, timely and practical information that can be used to attract, satisfy and ensure positive approval from new and existing clients. It is the A-to-Z ultimate resource, reference and guide for anyone in the building, remodeling, architecture, real estate, interior design, physical and occupational therapy industries as well as for consumers. This Toolkit includes all the tips, tools, stats and advice on using universal design elements to build a business – or build a home.
There’s nothing else like it on the market. This comprehensive learning package includes everything that is needed – including new, hard to find, and little-known information – as well as guides, checklists, videos, answers, sources and more – in an easy to access electronic format.
Here’s a sample of what’s included in the Universal Design Tookit:
- Benefits of Having Universal Design Features in Homes
- The Principles of Universal Design
- Ten Myths about Universal Design
- Glossary of Terms Related to Universal Design
- Words to Better Communicate the Concept of Universal Design
- Questions to Ask Your Clients: Current and Future Needs in their Homes
- Important Dimensions for Space Planning for People Who Use Wheelchairs or Walkers
- Sources of Funding to Repair, Modify, Remodel or Build a New Universal Design Home
- How to Find House Plans for Universal Design Homes
- How to Find a Professional Who is Knowledgeable about Universal Design
- Universal Design Checklists, Home Assessments, and Certification Programs
- Estimated Product and Construction Costs for Universal Design Features
- List of Universal Design Features in the Universal Design Living Laboratory
- Perceived Value of Visitable Housing in Ohio
- Survey Finds Homebuyers Needs for Accessible Housing Are Unmet
- Links to Universal Design Resources
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