Tag: Home Improvement
Are you outfitting a home for a child with a disability? The U.S. Census Bureau reports that around 12 percent of the population is disabled while the PEW Research Center puts that number even higher. That means while only 5.4 percent of children five to seven years old are disabled, they still comprise a pretty large part of the population.
For those children, having a home that they can feel comfortable in is very important.
A young man rendered a quadriplegic by a freak footy accident now has a house designed to meet his every need thanks to the generosity of friends, the community, and the audience of A Current Affair.
Kurt Drysdale was just 20 when he injured his spine in a wayward tackle during a weekend rugby league match.
He was left unable to breathe on his own and without most of his movement, and faced spending the rest of his life in hospital or care.
However, his family was determined to bring him home.
Ramps are typically built in order to improve home accessibility for people who can’t use stairs or need a gentler, less stressful way to enter or leave their home. A successful home accessibility project requires careful planning in order to be certain that the ramp meets the home occupant’s needs, complies with local building requirements, is safe and sturdy, and is safe for use in all types of weather.
Consider the following before you begin the design and construction of a wheelchair ramp. Questions such as:
- Who’s the primary user?
- What type of assistive device does the person use (cane, crutches, walker, manual or electric wheelchair)
- Will the person’s abilities change?
- What are the local zoning requirements?
These are just a few of the questions that must be addressed before you begin your project. The following information should guide you in this process.