An outgrowth of the disability rights movement, spearheaded by Eleanor Smith of Concrete Change, Visitability aims to make all residences visitable by persons with mobility needs. Zero-step entries which enable a person using a wheelchair are equally beneficial to a person using a baby stroller. Visitable homes not only benefit family and friends who may have particular needs when they visit, but benefit the residents of a home every day and over their lifetime in their home.
The initiators and leaders in advocating for Visitability, they provide definitions, address builders’ concerns including costs), policy strategies, photos, and information about ordinances and efforts nationwide.
The leading university in Visitability research, there are several documents available online, and books like “Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book.” There is also the UD Network, which features information from professionals as well as a featured product, a UD listserv, and a number of online courses.
Esther Greenhouse is an environmental gerontologist, specializing in the impact of the built environment on the level of functioning and well-being of seniors, and is also involved in the broader movement of Universal Design--design for every one, every day. Esther is an advocate for Aging in Place, and furthers this by teaching CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) courses on behalf of NAHB.