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.
Recently my ADA In 3D app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices turned 1 year old. To celebrate, the app will be on sale for only $2.99 through the end of June.
ADA In 3D is the ADA building codes fully illustrated and interactive in easy to understand 3D models. Building codes can be hard to understand and visualize, this app makes them easier to understand. Purchase it on iTunes here or on Google Play here.
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Tagged ada, ada compliance, ada compliant, ADA In 3D, americans with disabilities act, android app, disabilities, google play, handicapped, inclusive design, ipad app, iphone app, itunes, universal design
If the Romans had designed roll-in showers, they might have looked like this. Here is a roll-in shower that has a design that makes you feel as if you’re in a Roman bathhouse.
The most awkward storage space in kitchen cabinetry is always the corners. The Lazy Susan has helped quite a bit but it’s still kinda awkward. Then trying to position a wheelchair to access this area is again quite awkward. Well this product by German company Kesseböhmer might be a solution
Posted in Kitchen, Stylish Products, Uncategorized
Tagged corner shelving, disabilities, handicapped, inclusive design, kesseboehmer, Kesseböhmer, lemans, swing out corner shelving, universal design, wheelchair accessible kitchen
Cross training is not a concept, but doing so using a wheelchair may at first seem limited. Of course wheelchair users can find many ways to cross train. Although having an adaptable wheelchair like this one by Industrial Designer Andrew Lowe makes training easier.
Posted in Concept Designs, Mobility, Uncategorized
Tagged andrew lowe, cross training wheelchair, crosstrainer wheelchair, crosstraining, disabilities, handicapped, inclusive design, universal design, Wheelchair Accessible, wheelchair basketball
And finally it’s time for the best of the worst. Again you can read the original article by clicking on the picture and the order is by date appeared.
Making ramps inside a home is not always an easy task because of space limitations. This indoor wheelchair ramp not only functions well but looks beautiful.
Posted in Architecture+Design, Residential, Uncategorized
Tagged a hildebrandt contracting, aging in place, disabilities, elderly, handicapped, inclusive design, indoor wheelchair ramp, universal design, wheelchair ramp