With the advent of a wheelchair as my primary mode of movement, I wondered whether I would ever get back into the wilderness again. And then we did.
These 7 Principles of Universal Design benefit every body, across the life span, regardless of level of ability - while simultaneously creating spaces that can be incredibly accessible to those with disabilities.
Welcome to a fantastic journey - one you never asked for, signed up for or (probably) trained for. As much as it feels that your world has come crashing down around you, or that you can't possibly handle this, the truth is more complicated than that. The truth is that there will be high's and lo's to this journey that you may only be able to appreciate down the road. The truth is also that you already have the one key ingredient for success: you love your child.
I realized this week that there might be a fifth fear response: force.
So you're thinking about building Universally Designed homes. Before you get to the fabulous kitchens, bathrooms and wide hallways, you'll want to start by considering the property itself!
That's because all of us - whether high-flyers or bedridden - have more inputs coming at us every day than we can process, so all of us need some system for deciding which things to do and which things to put off or pass over.
This article was published in The Mighty on July 2, 2019. In the land of the undiagnosed, doubt carries a weight like no other. The doubt of the doctors. The doubt of friends and family. The self-doubt we carry inside of ourselves — the doubt that colours all of our decisions, complicates all of our actions, undermines all of… Continue reading Finding Grounding In the Face of Doubt and Uncertainty