The next stop in our Universal Design series is one that we use every day - the bathroom! Bathrooms are critical to our physical and emotional well-being, but are also an incredibly major issue for accessibility far before most of us would consider ourselves disabled! There are three main issues to address when it comes… Continue reading Universal Design: Bathrooms
We started with our discussion of Universal Design Considerations with Zero Barrier Entries. So the logical next step would be Entryways, Hallways and Room Layouts.
So you've found your property and know that you want to build a Universally Designed structure on it. Maybe you're building your custom dream home and want to know that you're going to be able to stay in it as you age. Maybe you've just been told you have a progressive condition and you're going to… Continue reading Universal Design: Zero Barrier Entry
[Image description: a colorful assortment of pills fill a counter] Given the amount of pain medication we consume on an average annual basis (Americans received more than 300 million pain prescriptions in 2015 alone - not including over the counter usage) it's very quickly obvious that we in North America have a pain problem. In… Continue reading Why We Need to Rethink Our Relationship With Pain
The movie Wall-E doesn't paint a great picture of people using wheeled devices to move around. In fact, it sort of suggests that wheelchair usage - especially from power wheelchairs - is just a great way for people to get fatter and lazier than they already are. Unfortunately, the confusion about wheelchair usage isn't limited… Continue reading Why it’s Time to Change our Perspective on Wheelchairs
Over on @parentingforward, @cindybrandt was talking about the way we worry as parents. She said, "Every parent worries. To love is to worry. What if that doesn't have to be true? What if we can learn better coping mechanisms for our anxieties so that we don't exchange them with our children? What if we don't… Continue reading Out from the Clutches of Worry, Fear and Control
My new power chair has arrived!! And with it, heights I have never before experienced! I'm still testing out all the functions, but this is a game changer for me! And that seems like a pretty good opportunity to have a quick chat about mobility aids in general and wheelchairs specifically. Because so often when… Continue reading Game Changers