16 Oct

Make Your Home Accessible for Visitors


Make your home accessible for visitors with impairments by being aware of their needs within your home. This means taking a few steps back and looking at the layout of the space. You might need to make your home temporarily accessible for a family member or friend due to surgery or injury, caring for a loved one, or some other reason.

Whatever your reasons, there are many options for adding accessibility to your home, whether you need long-term accessibility or just for an occasional visit. In this post, we explore how to temporarily make your home accessible to visitors.

09 Oct

Grey Infrastructure, Coastal Cities, and Climate Change: How Communities Can Prepare for Increased Flooding


Cities are about to get much wetter as global warming increases the intensity of storms, raises sea levels, and disrupts established climate expectations. Moreover, grey infrastructures in cities are straining to keep up with the growth of urban populations. The pattern of increased storms and frequent flooding requires cities to be proactive in finding a solution for water management and emergency systems or risk being overwhelmed by flooding and constant clean-up.

26 Sep

Heat Series: Immediate Actions Cities Can Take to Reduce Heat


The shift in weather patterns, temperatures, and precipitation has grabbed the attention of scientists, politicians, and society. With more than 80% of the United States population living in cities, studies reveal that these negative weather changes are heightened in these areas due to the infrastructure and population density.

10 Sep

6 Benefits of Sensory Rooms


Sensory rooms serve individuals with developmental disabilities, sensory impairments, and learning difficulties. The sensory room provides a safe environment that helps build confidence in individuals who are frequently overstimulated. In the process, they learn to engage with sensory stimuli at their own speed, and their caretaker or teacher can better understand what stimuli is soothing or overwhelming for them.

01 Sep

How to Provide Accessible Public Transportation


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlines how to provide accessible public transportation to individuals with disabilities and mobility issues. While ADA offers the guidelines and rules for transportation, it’s the U.S. Department of Transportation that regulates public transportation.

23 Aug

Simple Ways to Make Your Office Accessible


Creating an accessible world means taking a few simple steps to make your office accessible. The government mandates that workplaces be equal opportunity employers, and this includes creating an accessible workplace. If your office wants to better serve individuals with disabilities, consider these simple ways to make your office accessible.

13 Aug

The Danger of Non-ADA-Compliant and Broken Sidewalks


Sidewalk cracks are often an accepted reality of city living, however, non-ADA-compliant and broken sidewalks often result in injury for pedestrians, unnavigable sidewalks for people with mobility devices, and lawsuits against the city.

It’s not unusual to find missing pavement, crumbling curbs, and weeds sprouting between cracks. However, for people who use wheelchairs, broken sidewalks can be impossible to navigate, forcing them to stay at home or use the road to get around. So a simple crack in a sidewalk is not so simple and potentially dangerous.

02 Aug

ADA Temporary Event Checklist


A few weeks ago, we talked about the importance of ADA compliance for a temporary event. Meeting U.S. government standards for a public area can be challenging in general, but a temporary event that is open to the public provides its own hurdles to overcome. ADA compliance at a temporary event can be difficult, but compliance is worth the work to create a more accessible world. 

30 Jul

Exterior Home Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities


Creating accessible home accommodations for individuals with disabilities is crucial to ensuring that everyone is able to live safe, happy, and productive lives. While some homes may be built with accessibility in mind, most older homes are not. There are a number of minor and major tweaks you can make to a home to make it more accessible to family and friends with disabilities. 

Questions to Ask

Before you can make your home more accessible you need to know exactly what needs to be improved. Ask yourself these questions and make a list of the things you can fix:

15 Jul

The Etiquette of Interacting with Individuals with Amputations


Individuals with limb differences or amputations are often overlooked in our society today. While some choose to use a prosthetic, others don’t. Every experience is unique, from people who have had their limb differences since birth, to others who have had a limb amputation due to accident, injury, or disease.