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Universal Design & Disability

 Tips on Accessibility from Meeting Lifes Challenges

UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR ACCESSIBILITY:
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.

Universal Design Tips & Products
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10 Strategies for Easier Remembering
  When life is busy, things to slip our minds. Here are ten strategies from Shelley Peterman Schwarz ..

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

Keep memory active - read with friend
  Keep your memory active by reviewing the day's news events...

Use sticky notes, (like Post-it® Notes) as reminders for EVERYTHING
  Use sticky notes, (like Post-it® Notes) as reminders for EVERYTHING

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

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."

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

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

Use an e-ticket for flying if you are a disabled traveler
  E-tickets offer many advantages to the traveler with a disability.

DIsplay photos as a memory tool
  Pictures, photos, greeting cards can help jog memories and stimulate conversation

Cues for locating the bathroom
  Use multiple cues and senses to keep memory sharp.

Keep keys handy on magnetic hook
  Hanging keys on a magnetic hook keeps them handy when you need them.

Touchless faucets turn water on and off automatically
  A faucet with an electric eye that senses hands in front of it and turns the water on and off automa..

Use an automatic faucet control device to turn water on/off easily
  People who have trouble turning a faucet on or remembering to turn the water off might try...

Use picture software as a communication tool
  Attainment Company’s Picture Cue software aids communication for folks with speech and language prob..

Create a scrapbook of memories
  Collect information to help you relive vacation memories.

10 Tips for Memory Proofing Your Home
  When someone has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, home can be a scary place for ..

10 Tips for Remembering the Details of Life
  We all suffer memory lapses -- some of us have trouble remembering names, numbers, what we are suppo..

Keep children and confused adults from getting locked in
  Take a piece of tape and put it...

Mark hot water faucet with a dab of red polish
  Remembering which is the hot water faucet


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