Your home is your castle. But for some people a home can be a prison. For those with disabilities or the ageing, their homes or the homes of others can pose huge accessibility issues. Access to the home can be difficult with most homes having stairs to the front door. Entrance ways can be too small to accommodate a wheelchair and no access to a bathroom on the main floor can be a deal breaker.
A house usually serves many occupants throughout its lifetime and poor housing design affects not only the first people who live in the house, but all people who dwell in the house throughout the life of the building.
The VisitAbility Project seeks to change that.
The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) has launched the VisitAbility Project to promote VisitAble housing for all Canadians, including persons with disabilities and seniors.
What is VisitAble Housing?
“VisitAble Housing” or “VisitAbility” is the concept of designing and building homes with basic accessibility. VisitAble homes provide easy access on the main level for everyone. VisitAble housing offers a convenient home for residents and a welcoming environment for visitors in all ages and mobility and although VisitAble housing was first introduced in consideration of people with physical disabilities, the concept is now widely accepted as a desirable home design for a wide range of residents.
VisitAble homes have three basic accessibility features:
- No-step entrance (at the front, back or side of the house)
- Wider doorways and clear passage on the main floor
- A main floor bathroom (or powder room) that can be accessed by visitors who use mobility
Whether you are a person with disabilities, have family or friends with disabilities, a senior planning your future home or a new family with small children, the VisitAble housing project is an excellent resource to tap in to for your house planning.
Visit the VisitAble Housing Canada website for all the resources on VisitAble housing initiatives in your province.