Building a new home: a wheelchair user’s perspective

George’s Story.

modern-patioThis is the third in the series of personal stories – this week it is George who comes from a family of builders. He relates his experiences with a project home builder and how he had to overcome resistance to incorporating basic access features.

I interviewed four wheelchair users who had recently built a home as part of my PhD research project. I was interested in the process and the interaction with house-building professionals. 

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Jane Bringolf, Website Editor

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Wheelchair user’s perspective on building a new home

Tomas and Lisa’s Story.

Bath-fixtures-with-a-universal-design-07This is the second in the series of posts on wheelchair users building a home. I interviewed four wheelchair users who had recently built a home as part of my PhD research project. I was interested in the process and the interaction with house-building professionals. . Tomas tells his story about designing a home for two wheelchair users and their children. Unlike Mike, Tomas and Lisa had an easier time. Tomas also provides some comparisons with Europe.

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Jane Bringolf, Website Editor

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Why UD is not just access

Xinos Normals imageGeorge Xinos continues his UD theme in this article in Sourceable. He gives a potted history of UD, lists the seven principles and then argues, as do many, that the building industry has chosen to interpret UD as compliance with accessibility regulations and not taken up the design challenge of inclusion in a broader sense. The image chosen in this article is from the video published by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland, called “Meet The Normals – Adventures in Universal Design“.

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Senior Playgrounds and Universal Design

Cover-Image_Senior-PlaygroundsIn this item from Sourceble by Lee Wilson, the outdoor gym is described as a playground. He states, “This is something we really ought to be planning for in new housing estates and developments, with suitable outdoor spaces that promote social interaction, exercise and enjoyment for people in their later stages of their lives.”  He goes on to list factors to consider for “seniors playgrounds”.

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Brothels: Weighing Disability Access, Dignity and Safety

No-Disabled-Access-Brothel-StairsThis article discusses the movement for equal access to sex workers, and gives some basic tips for designing brothels for access by people with disability. The point is made that both sex workers and people with disability are marginalised when it comes to relationships. The film “The Sessions” based on a true story and starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt was a breakthrough in changing attitudes about people with disabilities engaging in sexual activity.
With the roll out of the NDIS, it is likely that more brothels will need to make themselves accessible. The article has links to other online references. 

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