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Do You Really Know ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act has done a wonderful job of helping people visit public spaces. From baseball stadiums to public libraries, Americans of any age and ability have more opportunities to experience what everyone else takes for granted.
Without a doubt, there is still room for improvement! I’m looking at you worst offenders, restaurants and retail stores!
The more I talk to people, the more I understand that MOST people think if you want an accessible home, it NEEDS to use the same ADA standards as public spaces. Well, I am here to challenge your assumption. The answer is: ADA standards are NOT to be used in your home!
By United States Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
I know you are shocked, but let me explain. When you go to city hall or any other public place, they must follow the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, which were created based on research looking at what works for most people. ADA is NOT required in your home because your home is not a public space. This means that you CAN customize your home according to your needs.
You can create an accessible, lifetime home without using ADA guidelines.
You definitely want to create an accessible, lifetime home without ADA guidelines.
If you are considering making some changes in your home, hire an occupational therapist to work with your contractor. Your occupational therapist will make sure that the home is personalized and accessible for your life. For example, a 4’10" adult does not need the bottom of the bathroom sink 27 inches from the floor in their home. The sink can be lowered to help that person from leaning too far forward every single time they want to wash their hands!
Having a home tailored to you leads to less injuries, less falls, less wear and tear on your body, and more happiness!
Do it before you need it! Set yourself up for success in a home for a lifetime by contacting me today!