InfoQuest July-August 2007

by Quest Staff on July 1, 2007 - 1:45pm

QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4

Find what you need to know about accessible housing.

This list provides a good starting point in your search for information about locating, designing, modifying, renting or building accessible homes or apartments for people
with neuromuscular diseases.

The site offers a state database of accessible homes and apartments, and visitors also can place ads.

Center for Universal Design
(800) 647-6777
The research center, based at North Carolina State University, provides publications, links to resources and universal design floor plans, as well as information about fair housing practices, apartment and home modifications, and universal design features for homes.

National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse
(800) 421-1221
NAAC maintains the only national database of accessible apartments, with a registration of more than 80,000 units in 50 states. The database covers more than 155 cities and surrounding areas.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(800) 569-4287
The nation’s source for housing information, the site provides a gateway to information, including tips on buying and renting, the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines, financing resources and more.

Wheelchair Accessible Home Clearinghouse
Visitors can enter a listing or browse classified ads for accessible real estate.

Accessible Design and Consulting
(866) 902-9800

(888) 687-2277

ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Adaptive Architecture
(845) 364-0337

Adaptive Environments
(617) 695-1225
(877) 273-6175

Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access (IDEA)
(716) 829-3485
Home to the Visitability Initiative Project, an approach for integrating basic accessibility features into all new homes.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force
(202) 783-2229


Home Access Program
(800) 876-7267
Database of real estate agents and consultants.

International Code Council
(888) 422-7233

National Association of Home Builders
(800) 368-5242

NAHB Research Center
(800) 638-8556

National Association of the Remodeling Industry
(800) 611-6274

National Fair Housing Advocate Online

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
(213) 740-1364

New Horizons Un-Limited
“Guide to Buying a Home for People with Disabilities”
Be sure to check out “Fair Housing,” page 30, for resources about revamping apartments for accessibility.

Rebuilding Together
(800) 473-4229

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America’s Technical Assistance Project
(703) 524-6686

Technical Assistance Collaborative

Universal Design Alliance
(770) 667-4591

Books may be ordered through your local library, bookstore or online.

The Accessible Home: Updating Your Home for Changing Physical Needs, by
Nancy Baldrica, Creative Publishing International, 2003.

A Basic Guide to Fair Housing Accessibility: Everything Architects and Builders Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines, Steven Winter Associates, John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

Building a World Fit for People: Designers with Disabilities at Work, by Elaine Ostroff, Mark Limont and Daniel G. Hunter, Adaptive Environments Center, 2002.

A Consumer’s Guide to Home Adaptation, by the Adaptive Environments Center, 2002.

A House for All Children, by Richard V. Olsen, B. Lynn Hutchings and Ezra
Ehrenkrantz, NJIT Press, 2000.

Universal Design Handbook, edited by Wolfgang Preiser and Elaine Ostroff,
McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Universal Designed ‘Smart’ Homes for the 21st Century, by Charles
Schwab, Charles Schwab Architects, 2004.

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