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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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10 Tips for Caring for Your Pet When You have a Disability
  For people with disabilities or those over 60, owning and caring for a pet can contribute to a healt..

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

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.

8 Tips to Make Your Home ReadyGuests with Disabilities
  Tips and strategies from Shelley Peterman Schwarz to make any entertaining occasion safer and easier..

10 Ways to Stay Healthy - Nutrition
  Regardless of who you are, it is important to feed your body and your mind with fresh, wholesome, nu..

Ready Your Home for Holiday Visitors
  When the guest list includes aging parents or people using a cane, walker, or wheelchair, a few simp..

Great Truths About Growing Old
  Growing up is mandatory; growing old is optional. Read more truths...

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

Improve your ability to walk safely
  Good body mechanics will help you walk more safely in the winter.

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

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..

Wisdom at 65
  Turning 65 and "joining the club" this year has caused me to reflect on my life, experience and the ..

Replace childproof prescription bottle tops
  Have trouble opening prescription medicine? Try this.

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

Make it easier to squeeze a washcloth
  Choose lightweight or

Winter Safety – Preventing Falls
  For older adults, falls often lead to giving up living independently. Here are a few ways to reduce ..

Use conversation starters to stimulate communication
  Help folks reconnect with the past

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