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AGING IN PLACE & UNIVERSAL DESIGN RESOURCES  (Research based)

This PDF document is loaded with resources for aging in place, including statistics, initiatives, scholarly articles, etc.

California Department of Housing and Community Development, Housing Policy Development Division

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Posted by: sadavis on Wed Dec 03, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.

This is an excellent site with a compilation of an extensive list of the different aging in place and universal design resources.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability