Universal Design in Homes Comes of Age in Oregon State


The coming of age of Universal Design on a populist level is the thrust of the argument behind Randi Bjorns''s article Accessible Design Turns A Corner: Baby Boomers are Among Those Grasping the Keys to Independence.

Quoting George Braddock of Creative Housing Solutions we hear an astute summary of how we arrived at this point which continues to buoy Inclusive Destination Deveopment:

Braddock says people with disabilities have been "pioneers of a sort" in the development of universal design, a movement that focuses on building design that accommodates wide swaths of the overall population, from those still able-bodied to people temporarily or permanently disabled by illness or injury. advertisement

"The disability movement had an advantage because it was so 'cross-cultural,' " Braddock says. "Disabilities can affect anyone at any time and at any level, and as a result it has attracted a fair amount of resources."

That attention intensified after 1990, when Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, to prohibit discrimination in employment and public accommodation against people with disabilities.

"The ADA deserves a huge amount of credit for forcing the disabilities issue, but it's just a stepping stone," between public policy and the broader accommodations that allow disabled people to remain in their own homes, Braddock says.

Editors note: For the record, the depth of George Braddock's "person-centered design" practice is grounded in keen observation of his clients and a thorough grasp of Universal Design in practice. For more information:

George Braddock, Braddock Construction and Creative Housing Solutions, LLC
George Braddock Construction, 910 Coburg Road,o Eugene, OR 97401,
(541) 342-3478
Mr. Braddock has extensive experience in design, development and construction of homes for persons with developmental disabilities. George and his company have completed over 1,400 projects for individuals with disabilities. Mr. Braddock provides consulting services nationwide to states and organizations developing housing for individuals with disabilities.



Salem, Oregon (April 24, 2002)


George Braddock of Creative Housing Solutions

George Braddock has been a leader in the area of special needs housing in Oregon for many years. During his career, he has participated in the design and construction of numerous communities where persons with developmental disabilities are now able to live fulfilling lives. With the closure of the Fairview Training Center, Mr. Braddock was involved in all facets of the Community Integration Project that designed and constructed community housing for former residents of the Center. At this time, he is working with the state of California on a similar effort.

Utilizing his experience in developmental disabilities, Mr. Braddock led the development of Design for Safety: A Technical Assistance Manual, a project sponsored by Oregon OSHA and the Office of Developmental Disability Services. This publication catalogs and describes the design considerations for persons with developmental disabilities for every room of a house, as well as decks and ramps.

Recently, George and Creative Housing Solutions have experimented with designs or “soft” environments where persons with developmental disabilities at-risk for self-injury can live successfully. The wall materials are soft but cleanable and durable, all corners are rounded, window glass is tempered and thickened, electrical outlets are protected. He is currently designing bathrooms where autistic children can experience the calming effects of water play without risk of injury or damage to the environment.

The task of successfully addressing the housing needs of developmentally disabled persons within a community continues to be a challenge. Meeting these needs is not a simple task, and as a result, many nonprofit agencies seek the guidance of Creative Housing Solutions to solve housing problems. Creative Solutions provides leadership in addressing the needs and dreams of individuals who are developmentally disabled to live successfully in the community.

Nominated by: Gerald Stolp, Department of Human Services –Seniors and People with Disabilities

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