Housing

Getting on the level

posted on April 9, 2012 - 12:04pm
Whether facing a 2-inch-high curb or a 3-foot-tall porch, the results for a person in a wheelchair can be exactly the same: no passage. The way around both these barriers is, of course, a wheelchair ramp, though they will be decidedly different. The first might be a portable, foldable aluminum device, while the second might be a large, permanent structure made of concrete or galvanized steel....
posted on April 9, 2012 - 11:15am
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 2
Ron Hayes didn't get a diagnosis of type 1 myotonic dystrophy (MMD1 or DM1) until he was 54, long after he had enjoyed academic and athletic success in high school and college, had earned a master's degree in public health, had married and had children, and had established himself in a career.

Also included, a section on income tax deductions

posted on January 1, 2012 - 12:22pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
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Buy new, rent or fix up a used motor home or trailer, then take your accessibility with you on vacation

posted on January 1, 2012 - 12:20pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
Correction: An earlier version of this article had the incorrect website and phone number for Bridgeview Manufacturing. The story was revised to reflect the correct information. Barbara Graztke loves to vacation and enjoys traveling six to eight months out of every year. But she finds hotels uncomfortable and doesn’t like to fly. She visits family and friends across the country, but is unable to...

'Know Your Rights — The Fair Housing Act' will feature a discussion and Q&A of the law regarding housing rights for people with disabilities

posted on May 19, 2011 - 5:25pm
Are owners of apartment buildings required to have accessible units? Can they charge higher rent for them? And can they refuse to rent to a person with a service dog? These are just some of many questions about housing rights that will be answered Tuesday, May 24, 2011, during an MDA-sponsored webinar titled "Know Your Rights — The Fair Housing Act," beginning at 4 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. MDT and 1 p.m...

Funds from the Affordable Care Act are now available in most states to help people move out of, or avoid, institutional care

posted on May 6, 2011 - 3:38pm
The federal government is moving ahead with plans to expand access to home and community based services for individuals who receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in April that $3.7 billion in federal funds will be made available to implement the Community First Choice Option, a provision of the new health care law (the Affordable Care Act) which...

Long used in Europe and Asia, these personal hygiene fixtures are being adopted in the US by people who need help using the bathroom

posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:55am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
A few years ago, Bonnie Guzelf of Phoenix began having difficulty using the bathroom by herself. Guzelf, who has a slowly progressive form of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), found that her hands, arms and legs were getting too weak to perform basic hygiene. A friend who is an occupational therapist suggested she get a bidet.

A state rehabilitation program remodeled my bathroom — and my life

posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:44am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
I never thought I would be so excited about getting a new toilet, sink and shower. But my new fully wheelchair-accessible bathroom has made such a difference in my life, my attitude and my outlook that I can truly say this makeover has been a life-changing event. More than 10 years ago, I received a diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Over the years, I’ve...