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Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Brian Peters

New endorsers have been added to our list of endorsers.  We are pleased to welcome Independent Living Resources, N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation, ASPIRO, Green Bay & Brown County Housing Authorities, Paralyzed Veterans of America-WI Chapter, and  Cerebral Palsy, Inc., to our roster!

If you are interested in being an endorser, please contact Brian Peters at bpeters@independencefirst.org.Thumbs Up!

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by Brian Peters

While searching for a statistic*, I ended up at – where else? – Concrete Change’s website, on the page regarding Myths and Facts of Visitability.

I thought it’d be useful to have a reminder that Visitability doesn’t have to be that complicated. 

Go take a look!

*60% of new-construction homes today will have a resident with a mobility disability in the lifespan of the home!  See why it’s so important that we have basic access in as many homes as possible?!?

Posted on: August 28th, 2013 by Brian Peters

The Association of  Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) hosted a tele-conference on Visitability: Advocating for Basic Home Access.  The facilitators of the tele-conference were Dot Nary, a research associate at University of Kansas – Lawrence, KS and Darren Larson, an Independent Living Specialist at the Summit ILC in  Missoula, MT.

Ms. Nary spoke of her conversations with many people with disabilities for her study, and the frustration that they felt at being excluded from the events of the lives of their family and friends.  Some examples she used to illustrate the impact of home inaccessibility included birthdays, graduations, parties, etc.  One person she interviewed spoke of the frustration that was felt when a relative built a brand new home-with steps.  That said to the person that she was not important enough to be part of the relative’s life.

Mr. Larson spoke of coalition building and opportunities to educate people on Visitability.  He identified some stakeholders as well as opportunities to make changes.  Particularly challenging is the private sector where there is no requirement in most parts of the country for minimum accessibility.

Mr. Larson suggested some approaches, such as tax credits and other financial incentives for builders.

A transcript of the tele-conference should be available on the APRIL website in the next few days.

 

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by Brian Peters

The Housing Authority of City of Milwaukee (HACM) transformed the state’s largest public housing development of Westlawn into a welcoming new mixed-income development, Westlawn Gardens.

An important element of Westlawn Gardens is Visitability.

Story here.

Also: a HACM presentation on the use of Universal Design and Visitability in their developments (large file).

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by Brian Peters

This is the website for the outreach and education effort in Wisconsin to promote the concept of Visitability.

It is our hope to persuade more builders to create housing that are visitable, and to persuade more homebuyers to request visitable features.

We are always looking for examples from Wisconsin to highlight, so if you have a worthy example, please use the contacts page to let us know how to reach you!