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Home Accessibility Checklist

This website provides a checklist for home safety and accessibility features that is organized by room (bedroom, kitchen, etc).

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Posted by: alex blok on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 8:21 a.m.

This is a free, printable checklist to assess the accessibility of a home. It is very thorough, but is written in a general format for all. Some of these standard practices may not be the most efficient for each individual person. I think that this list is a great starting point, but those evaluating the house must also use their clinical judgment and knowledge of the patient to recommend home modifications.

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Posted by: mrputzer@uwm.edu on Wed Nov 11, 2015 at 8:55 p.m.

Good resource for a quick and easy way to check the accessibility of any home. This is not an all encompassing assessment, but is a good start to finding new changes that should be made to make a home more accessible for everyone.

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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