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Universal Design & Disability

 Tips on Accessibility from Meeting Lifes Challenges

By incorporating accessibility features into the overall design of the home in a tasteful and barely perceivable way, Universal Design allows use by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Learn more about this design philosophy and how it can make your next apartment, home or remodel better whether you are young with children, elderly wishing to stay in your home, or disabled.

For more tips on making your home more accessible,  look for Shelley's book, "Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier," available online or at a library or  bookstore near you.

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12 Things that Make Traveling with a Disability Easier
  When you have a disability, you cannot just throw a few clothes in a suitcase, take off on vacation...

Travel: Planning Ahead to Accommodate your Disability
  Planning ahead and anticipating your needs while away are what will make your next vacation more enj..

Travel with a bent neck straw
  Whenever I travel, I pack a bent neck straw. At night I put it in a glass of water on the night...

Cruise with your service dog
  If you use a service dog and are reluctant to travel, use an accessible travel that specializes...

A check file organizer keeps travel documents handy
  For long trips, use a check file organizer with divider tabs to keep all your travel information...

When traveling, tuck valuables into safe place
  When traveling, leave valuable jewelry in your safe or a discreet hiding place at home...

Laminated all-purpose travel packing list
  Make one good general all-purpose list of the things you should pack in your suitcase...

Special pillow brings comfort
  For comfort on the go, take a special pillow from home because it may help you sleep better...

Travel information sheet reassures those with poor short term memory
  If someone you love forgets or is unsure in unfamiliar travel situations, create a "cheat sheet."

QuickLink Pen makes notetaking as simple as a stroke of your hand
  If you have limited use of your hands or difficulty writing and need to take notes from reading mate..

Travel tip - pack a small bag with meds, snacks, etc.
  If you have a disability, or even if you don't, be prepared for delays while traveling.

Take note of what traveling companion is wearing.
  Airports, train and bus stations, ships, trains and large aircraft can be confusing places...

Attach earrings to watchband when traveling
  When traveling, attach your earrings to your watchband to make sure...

Travel with premoistened towelettes
  Whenever you travel, take along a full box of tissues and a box of premoistened towelettes.They...

Support your head and neck with a travel pillow
  To support your head while recovering, resting, or traveling, use a travel pillow to prevent your...

Travel List - What to Pack for a Stress Free Vacation
  Traveling with a disability is easier with proper planning. Shelley Peterman Schwarz, a seasoned tr..

Quick cleanups with premoistened towelettes
  Keep a container of moist towelettes, like baby wipes, handy and use them...

10 Things to Do BEFORE Leaving on Vacation
  Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares her list of things to do before you leave on vacation so you will no..

Before leaving on trip double check all doors are locked
  Before traveling, double check that all the doors and windows are locked.

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