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Home Accessibility Checklist - Inactive

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

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Posted by: hannahruth3012 on Sun Nov 22, 2020 at 2:03 p.m.

I thought this was a useful resource for home accessibility, but it mostly focused on mobility impairments and visual impairments. There were few recommendations about home accessibility for other types of disabilities, such as cognitive or hearing impairments.

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Posted by: thorsons on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 10:04 a.m.

This is a thorough resource for homeowners to evaluate and begin to ensure accessibility of their home. However, the emphasis of mobility impairments was overwhelming in comparison to sensory impairments and other health or environmental sensitivities which are of equal importance for accessibility, especially considering that they are often more difficult to identify. Additionally, as this is an evaluation for a variety of users the standards may be too general for individual concerns leaving evaluators to utilize their own judgement regarding the needs for specific modifications.

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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