I haven’t made a post on this blog in quite awhile due to a busier schedule. I still hope to make regular posts in the future, but today I felt vey compelled to make a post. In the past I’ve tried very hard to not bring in politics, however today it’s a little unavoidable. This is due to the proposed budget by the Trump administration to completely cut HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Which would be very damaging to people with disabilities.
For over 40 years CDBG has received bipartisan support as it has helped communities develop, revitalize, and maintain. The grant covers a multitude of programs that help assist the quality of life for those that are low-moderate income.
So how does CDBG help people with disabilities and why will its elimination hurt so bad? Well because there are many programs under CDBG that assist people with disabilities. Such as making homes accessible, neighborhoods accessible, providing services such as Meals on Wheels, and more.
In fact the job I used to have before I took my current one was a CDBG funded program. That program has made literally hundreds of homes more accessible for their residents. And that is just for one medium sized community. Magnify that to nationwide and you’re talking about thousands, if not millions of homes. Then add in the millions of people and families affected. CDBG has made communities much more accessible by creating more accessible housing and neighborhoods.
With the elimination of CDBG, there will be less accessible housing and neighborhoods. The resources simply will not be there for low-moderate income households to make their homes more accessible. In fact, many of the non-profits that you think might be able to fill in, actually get much of their funding from CDBG.
So how can you help? You can start by contacting your representatives in Congress and the Senate. They are the ones who will ultimately decide if this budget cut goes through or not. You can also help by educating others on what CDBG is and what it does. So many are unaware of what it does and how worse off communities would be without it.
It’s been a very long time since our last post and someday Universal Design Style will come back. But in the meantime, a very close friend of ours recently lost her battle with cancer. Amanda leaves behind a husband and sweet seven year old son who shouldn’t have to deal with the loss of his loving mother. To help her family with the financial pains of hospital and funeral costs, a GoFundMe page was setup. Even if you can only donate a few dollars, we’ll be more than thankful.
Awhile back I wrote about the Kenguru which is a wheelchair accessible car being manufactured in Texas. Today we have a concept design vehicle that takes the basic form of the Kenguru and amps up the looks.
Planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom and need a place to stay that wheelchair accessible? Is also super fancy with a breathtaking swimming pool? Well then maybe the Greendale Villa is for you. A wheelchair accessible vacation rental within an hour of Disney World.
Ever hear of a yurt? Well it’s kind of like a very fancy tent that was used by nomads in Central Asia. Recently here in the West they’ve been built for nature lovers that would like a place to stay. Somewhere a cross between the amenities of a log cabin and a tent. They can also be made wheelchair accessible as can be seen by this one in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Posted in Architecture+Design, Residential
Tagged ada compliance, ada compliant, blue ridge mountains, disabilities, handicapped, inclusive design, universal design, Wheelchair Accessible, wheelchair ramp, yurt
This is a wheelchair ramp made for a museum in Indonesia. While I appreciate the attempt at accessibility, it’s not perfect.
CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
So this is really cool, a wheelchair accessible kayak dock located at Lake Cunnigham in Omaha, Nebraska. The lake is popular with many types of water vehicles including kayaks so recently the Parks and Recreation Department made a wheelchair accessible area.
Posted in Architecture+Design, Commercial
Tagged ada compliance, ada compliant, disabilities, ez dock, handicapped, inclusive design, kayak dock, lake cunningham, omaha parks and rec, qli, universal design, Wheelchair Accessible, wheelchair accessible kayak dock
Many people may already be familiar with this product but there may be some that are not. This is a powered handcycle that can be attached to a manual wheelchair and turn it into an electric trike.