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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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8 Ways to Get a Grip with Reachers
  Many different types of reachers are available to relieve the strain of bending, stretching, stoopin..

12 Ways Sticky Notes Can Make Life Easier
  Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares some of her favorite uses for self-stick (Post-it®) notes.

The Accessible Home: 12 Tips to Make Your Home More Livable
  Designing a home or apartment using Universal Design principles allows everyone easy access...

29 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Home More Accessible
  When you sit in a wheelchair, cannot bend, lift, reach, grasp, see, hear, or you have limited use of..

Make doorways wider by removing door jamb
  To make your home doorways wider and more accessible to someone in a wheelchair, try removing ...

Remove adhesive labels or stickers with mayonnaise
  To remove persistent adhesives from mirrors, glass, or chrome without noxious fumes...

Replace standard light switches with lighted ones
  To find the light switch in a dark room, replace regular switches with...

Grab Bag - Tips from my Readers
  Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares tips from her readers on topics as diverse as picking out glasses to..

11 Tips for Making Life Easier from our Readers
  Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares readers' tips for making your whole life easier with topics as diver..

10 Tips for Making Life Easier™ – Preventing Falls
  For older adults, falls often lead to giving up living independently. Firmly believing that an ounce..

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

12 Fire Safety Tips
  Prevent fires in the home with these 12 tips from Shelley Peterman Schwarz and her local fire depart..

Fire Prevention Week - Teach Fire Safety at Home
  It's Fire Prevention Week. Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares ways to prevent fires and what to in case..

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