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Rethinking Cityscapes

From Universal Design.com:


Aaron Murphy, of the website Empowering the Mature Mind, has written a great piece about how re-zoning and creative thinking is needed to restructure our communities to be more age friendly. We often think of Aging in Place as an issue of home modification, but livable communities are also necessary if older adults are going to remain active members of the community. Of course livable communities benefit everyone: young single adults, families with children and older adults alike. Murphy puts forth some ideas for how we might start thinking about radically reshaping the suburban landscape. 


For instance: 


  • What if abandoned big box stores were converted into Senior/Community Centers? 
  • What if the vacant parking lots at strip malls were rezoned so that they could be covered in cottage housing surrounding a park or other common space? 
  • What if abandoned car dealerships were transformed into accessible mixed-use apartments with commercial space on the ground floor? 


You can read more about these and other ideas at Empowering the Mature Mind


Source:

http://www.universaldesign.com/built-environment-2/community-urban-planning/1734-can-re-zoning-save-the-suburbs.html

Universal Design Summit 5

Creating Livable Homes & Communities

May 6-8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri

Good Universal Design

As North America's only conference focused on universal housing and neighborhoods, the Universal Design Summit 5 continues to provide exceptional content on universal design in housing, sustainable community design, and affordability to create living environments usable by all. In May, the conference will add significant content on remodeling, accessibility and commercial projects.


TRANSED 2012

The 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons 'TRANSED 2012' is taking place in India this time. TRANSED2012 provides an ideal platform for an organization like yours to explore and share a wealth of experiences gathered over the years.

We are happy to announce the call for abstracts for TRANSED 2012 scheduled to be held in New DelhiIndia from September 17-21, 2012. Abstracts may be developed for either a paper or a poster.

 

Hosted by Svayam in partnership with Ministry of Transport, Government of Delhi and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the conference is co-sponsored byTransportation Research Board (USA). The theme of the Conference is "Seamless Access for All: Universal design for transport systems and infrastructure as a key element in the creation of livable cities" and sub-themes are: 

 

A.   Role of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

B.   Best practices and innovationsSir

C.   Accessible tourism: Conservation, access to the historic and natural heritage

D.   Environmental impact, sustainability, and accessibility of integrated multimodal systems

E.   Accessible Public Transport (Bus Rapid Transit, Metro, Para-transit systems etc.)

F.    Highway design and safety

G.   Pedestrian mobility & safety for livable communities

H.   Rural access and mobility

I.     Implementation, monitoring and enforcement

J.    Potential of Technology in Accessibility for all (Information Technology, Accessibility aids, etc.)

K.   Others

 

Important Dates:

31 October 2011 - Notification to Authors of acceptance of abstract as Paper/ poster

30 March 2012 - Deadline for submission of full papers/posters by authors.

17-21 Sep 2012 - Conference Dates for TRANSED 2012, New DelhiIndia

 

We request you to put in an abstract for this important conference independently or in collaboration with other professionals. Also, please feel free to encourage your associates or any other parties who might be interested in submitting an abstract or attending the conference.   For details please refer:http://www.transed2012.in/Call%20for%20Abstracts/M__22

 

Please note that the registration for early bird is going on now; the last date to avail the same is Feb 15th 2012. For individual or group registration please refer:http://www.transed2012.in/Registration/M__8

 

For more information on the TRANSED2012 please log on to www.transed2012.in

 

 

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India Gate, Delhi

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Here is an invitation to action from Subhash Chandra Vashishth:

Most pedestrian pathways in Delhi are ill-designed from the perspective of their usability by Elderly, Children & the disabled. Curb cuts at intersection are missing and so is the proper alignment of street infrastructure. 

Similar is the situation in other countries in Indian sub-continent and other less developed countries in the world. What do you think is the solution? What are your experiences of using street infrastructure and pedestrian pathways. 

Wherever, policy exist, it is in favour of an accessible pathway, however, there are no monitoring mechanisms to ensure that what is constructed actually benefits the endusers. The standards on built infrastructure are to be enforced by municipal agencies/ panchayats/ Public Works Dept. However they themselves do not enforce this on the private contractors who construct the infrastructure. 

If you think this concerns you, TRANSED-2012 (13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and disabled persons, 17-21 Sep 2012, India) provides you an international platform to address such issues.We invite your views under "Theme G- Pedestrian mobility & safety for livable communities" to address these concerns. For details visitwww.transed2012.in 

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 The call for abstracts for the 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2012) scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India from September 17-21, 2012 have now been extended to 30 June 2011. Abstracts may be developed for either a paper or a poster.

 

Hosted by Svayam in partnership with Ministry of Transport, Government of Delhi and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the conference is co-sponsored by Transportation Research Board (USA). The theme of the Conference is "Seamless Access for All: Universal design for transport systems and infrastructure as a key element in the creation of livable cities" and sub-themes are: 

 

A.   Role of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

B.   Best practices and innovations

C.   Accessible tourism: Conservation, access to the historic and natural heritage

D.   Environmental impact, sustainability, and accessibility of integrated multimodal systems

E.   Accessible Public Transport (Bus Rapid Transit, Metro, Para-transit systems etc.)

F.    Highway design and safety

G.   Pedestrian mobility & safety for livable communities

H.   Rural access and mobility

I.     Implementation, monitoring and enforcement

J.    Potential of Technology in Accessibility for all (Information Technology, Accessibility aids, etc.)

K.   Others

 

Important Dates:

30 June 2011 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts

October 2011 - Notification to Authors of acceptance of abstract as Paper/ poster

30 March 2012 - Deadline for submission of full papers/posters by authors.

17-21 Sep 2012 - Conference Dates for TRANSED 2012, New Delhi, India

 

We encourage all interested persons, academicians, research institutions, DPOs, non-government organizations and friends to consider submitting an abstract for this important conference independently or in collaboration with other professionals.   Also, please feel free to circulate this call for abstracts to any other parties who might be interested in submitting an abstract or attending the conference.   For details please refer:http://www.transed2012.in/Call%20for%20Abstracts/M__7

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Bill Forrester offers an insight into how progress will be made for travelers with disabilities by drawing from the intriguing story of Imo.



THE PARABLE OF IMO, THE GENIUS MONKEY

Why the Compliance approach to Inclusive Tourism will fail

Every act of imagination is the discovery of likenesses between two things which were thought unlike.

Jacob Bronowski

In Mexico, before the wheel was invented, gangs of slaves had to carry giant stones through the jungle and up the mountains, while their children pulled their toys on tiny rollers. The slaves made the toys, but for centuries failed to make the connection.

Peter Brook



A few years ago I has the pleasure of spending a couple of days with one of the foremost authorities on Corporate Leadership - Alistair Mant. The extract below is from his book Intelligent Leadership. The pursuit of the mainstreaming of Inclusive Tourism has to take a turn and concentrate on teaching organisations the significance of the sector from the top down, not from compliance up...

Imo the monkey has become famous over the years, originally as a result of Robert Ardrey's wonderful work of science popularisation, The Social Contract, first published in 1970.

Source: http://travability.travel/blogs/imo.html

Imo's innovations introduced change very slowly and "mainly amongst the young, and within families. The normal pattern was for the young to make the breakthrough, followed by their mothers, and then for new infants to copy their own mothers."

Bill may be describing the same narrative that runs through the Rolling Rains blog. Here we have noted that the innovation of Universal Design has permeated home design and family life as Vistability, Aging-in-Place, Livable Communities - even Inclusive Playgrounds. It as also impacted home-oriented professional certification standards with the Aging in Place Specialist designation of the NAHB.

Universal Design has "mom's seal of approval" and is what the kids are doing to the family homestead to help out the old folks. Hotels, resorts, airplanes, and other venues outside the ambit of home and family are still hostage to ideologies of sterile institutional design complete with "compliance thinking"

Bill Forrester summarizes, "The point of the story, for observers of human behaviour in organisations, is that the clever new ideas never penetrated to the powerful males at the top of the social hierarchy."

Where are the proper leverage pints to shift from mere compliance to inclusion-as-good-business-practice?
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Louise Roys writes in AllVoices:

To showcase the growing trend toward forward-thinking home design and communities that are user-friendly for people of all ages, AARP and NAHB (The National Association of Home Builders) today announced the 2010 Livable Communities Awards winners at the International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando. The annual awards program honors builders, developers, remodelers and architects, and highlights their winning projects as models of livability and universal design. This year's honorees include professionals, companies, and projects from Indiana, Florida, Washington, Oregon, and California.

These builders, remodelers, developers and architects are being recognized as leaders in the effort to meet the needs of the nation's 50+ consumers and their families," said NAHB Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard. "This fast-growing market is very important to our industry, and these award-winning projects provide great examples of design innovations that promote safe and comfortable living."

"As the Boomers begin turning 65 this month, this first generation to grow up in the suburbs is looking to update their homes to be more comfortable or find that just-right place that keeps them close to family and friends," said David Shotwell, AARP's Senior Director for Livable Communities.

Full story:

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/7889244-aarp-and-nahb-name-2010-livable-communities-awards-winners


Svayam, an initiative of S.J.Charitable Trust, India is proud to announce that TRANSED 2012, the 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will take place in India from September 17-21, 2012 on the theme "Seamless Access for All: Universal design for transport systems and infrastructure as a key element in the creation of livable cities".

The TRANSED series of conferences have, since 1978, provided the premier international forum to exchange ideas on what works and why, and to share innovations, good practices, and research on accessible transportation, mobility, and travel.

TRANSED 2012 will showcase international innovation and technological solutions for accessible transportation and travel through papers and posters as well as through live exhibitions of products, services, and best practices. It will have an exhibition running for all the days of conference, Opening Reception, Conference Opening, Plenary session, Parallel Technical Sessions, Conference Dinner and a grand closing ceremony. Visithttp://www.transed2012.in/conference_schedule.html for details regarding conference programme.

This is the first call inviting Abstracts from the potential authors on the following topics:

A. Role of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
B. Best practices and innovations
C. Accessible tourism: Conservation, access to the historic and natural heritage
D. Environmental impact, sustainability, and accessibility of integrated multimodal systems
E. Accessible Bus Rapid Transit
F. Highway design and safety
G. Pedestrian mobility & safety for livable communities
H. Rural access and mobility
I. Implementation, monitoring and enforcement
J. Others

Important Dates:

30 March 2011 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts
October 2011 - Authors will be notified about acceptance of abstract as Paper or poster
March 2012 - Authors to write full papers/posters whose abstracts were accepted.
September 2012 - Actual TRANSED 2012 Conference in New Delhi, India

For details please visit http://www.transed2012.in/abstract_submission.html

"Tent Pole Events" is the phrase we are using to identify the many conferences springing up around the world that address Inclusive Tourism either directly or to a significant and sustained degree indirectly. The metaphor is to a tent being raised with supports scattered around the world. The tent is a space of welcome where those who have long promoted opportunities for travelers with disabilities collaborate with those who are now signing on for the journey to inclusion:

INTUR Nov 2010, Spain, (annual)
SATH January 2011, USA, (annual)
ICAT April 2011, Taiwan, (biennial)
REATECH April 2011, Brazil (annual)
Pac Rim Conference April 2011, USA (annual)
i-CREATE July 2011, Thailand, (annual)
IIDI Oct 2011, Brazil, (follow-up to March 2010 in 
Mozambique)
TRANSED Sept 2012, India, (biennial)
Interdependence 2012, May 2012, Canada
ENAT various dates in various EU locations

As planning for Interdependence 2012 continues new eyes will be on the topics covered in the conference's themes and threads:


    • Accessible and Inclusive Tourism
    • Accessible Transportation
    • Livable and Accessible Communities
    • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 9)
    • Legacies of Major International Multi-Sport Events
    • International Standards and Rating Systems


Standardization in tourism will be the topic this Wednesday in Brussels at CEN (European Norms Committee). Participation by ENAT's Ivor Ambrose will assure that inclusion of the disability market is properly addressed.

Creating Accessible Communities is the section of Interdependence 2012 that will focus on Inclusive Tourism:

 The accessibility agenda of the program, led by the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), will provide a meaningful and practical forum for experts from around the world to share best practices, lessons learned, and to set the stage for international collaboration for the next 25 years.

The accessibility agenda will be centered on three global themes:

  •                        Accessible and inclusive tourism
  •                        Accessible transportation
  •                        Livable and accessible communities

The primary themes of the accessibility agenda will be explored under a number of cutting-edge streams, including:


  •                         Best Practices in Accessibility - The world has changed significantly since Rick Hansen began his journey 25 years ago. This stream will showcase people, programs and partnerships from around the world that have made a positive impact in the field of physical accessibility, offering an opportunity to learn from the successes and challenges experienced along the way.

  •                         UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 9) - The Convention marked an important paradigm shift in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities, and the right to accessibility around the world. Delegates will discuss practical measures for the implementation and fulfillment of the Right to Accessibility as outlined in Article 9 of the Convention.

  •                        Legacies of Major International Multi-Sport Events- This stream will explore how we can learn from the experiences of Games' organizing committees and host cities to move the accessibility agenda forward on a global scale.

  •                        International Standards and Rating Systems - Accessibility standards and guidelines vary greatly from country to country and many accessibility rating tools exist around the world. This stream will explore the challenges and opportunities of standardization, share models from both developed and developing countries, and work towards improved international collaboration on the global quest to better serve citizens with disabilities and the aging population.

  •                        The Next 25 Years - This stream will explore emerging trends in the field of physical accessibility around the world, setting the stage for international collaboration for the next 25 years. 


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"Tent Pole Events" is the phrase we are using to identify the many conferences springing up around the world that address Inclusive Tourism either directly or to a significant and sustained degree indirectly. The metaphor is to a tent being raised with supports scattered around the world. The tent is a space of welcome where those who have long promoted opportunities for travelers with disabilities collaborate with those who are now signing on for the journey to inclusion:

Valladoilid Nov 2010, Spain
SATH January 2011, USA, (annual)
ICAT April 2011, Taiwan, (biennial)
REATECH April 2011, Brazil (annual)
i-CREATE July 2011, Thailand, (annual)
IIDI Oct 2011, Brazil, (follow-up to March 2010 in 
Mozambique)
TRANSED Sept 2012, India, (biennial)
Interdependence May 2012, Canada
ENAT various dates in various EU location

Svayam, an initiative of S.J.Charitable Trust, India is proud to announce that TRANSED 2012, the 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will take place in India from September 17-21, 2012 on the theme "Seamless Access for All: Universal design for transport systems and infrastructure as a key element in the creation of livable cities".  The TRANSED series of conferences have, since 1978, provided the premier international forum to exchange ideas on what works and why, and to share innovations, good practices,  and research on accessible transportation, mobility, and travel.

 

TRANSED 2012 will showcase international innovation and technological solutions for accessible transportation and travel through papers and posters as well as through live exhibitions of products, services, and best practices. It will have an exhibition running for all the days of conference, Opening Reception, Conference Opening, Plenary session, Parallel Technical Sessions, Conference Dinner and a grand closing ceremony.  Visithttp://www.transed2012.in/conference_schedule.html for details regarding conference programme.

 

This is the first call inviting Abstracts from the potential authors on the following topics:

 

A.   Role of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

B.   Best practices and innovations

C.   Accessible tourism: Conservation, access to the historic and natural heritage

D.   Environmental impact, sustainability, and accessibility of integrated multimodal systems

E.   Accessible Bus Rapid Transit

F.    Highway design and safety

G.   Pedestrian mobility & safety for livable communities

H.   Rural access and mobility

I.       Implementation, monitoring and enforcement

J.     Others

 

Important Dates:

 

30 March 2011 -      Deadline for receipt of abstracts

October 2011 -        Authors will be notified about acceptance of abstract as Paper or poster

March 2012 -           Authors to write full papers/posters whose abstracts were accepted.

September 2012 - Actual TRANSED 2012 Conference in New Delhi, India

 

For details please visithttp://www.transed2012.in/abstract_submission.html

 

The conference, "Innovation in Accessible Transport for All" was held at World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. on January 14, 2010. It took place in the margins of the annual Transportation Research Board meetings in Washington, D.C. and focused on the role of innovation in promoting effective solutions to the transport needs of disabled and older people in both developed and less-developed countries. The sessions in the one-day event covered innovation in policy and governance, planning, design and technology for improved accessibility. Special emphasis was placed on better understanding and overcoming the barriers to uptake of innovative accessibility initiatives.

The findings of this event will serve as input to the 2010 International Transport Forum on "Transport and Innovation: Unleashing the Potential" to be held 26-28 May in Leipzig ,Germany.

Welcome

  • Jamal Saghir
    Director, Energy, Transport & Water, The World Bank
  • Arlene Turner
    Director General, International & Intergovernmental Relations, Transport Canada
  • Bassam Ramadan
    Sector manager, Human Development Network, Social Projection & Labor, The World Bank
  • Workshop Chairman
    Jack Short, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum

Overview of the Issues

  • Overview of the Issues [PPT 16MB]
    by Ann Frye
    Director, Ann Frye Ltd.
    Co-Chair, TRB Sub-Committee on International Activities in Accessible Transportation & Mobility

Policy & Governance

Design & Technology

  • Capturing technology to meet disabled people's needs
    by Dennis Cannon
    US Access Board
  • Key Topics [PPT 222KB] 
  • Universal Design: Bringing New Perspectives to Design for All [PPT 6.5MB]
    by Francesc Aragall
    President, Design for All Foundation, Spain
    and Edward Steinfeld
    Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA
  • Key Topics [PPT 222KB] 

Planning

  • Innovative approaches to land use & urban development: Creating livable communities

    Case Studies
    • Europe (Berlin) [PPT 5.6MB]
      by Manfred Rentzsch
      IAS Institute for Occupational and Social Hygiene, Foundation
    • Malaysia (Penang) [PPT 5.7MB] 
      by Kit Mitchell, Consultant, UK
    • USA (Rosslyn) [PPT 5.4MB]
      by Honorable Michael Winter
      Federal Transit Administration, International Accessibility Specialist
  • Key Topics [PPT 223KB] 

Research

Working in Partnership

  • Promoting partnership & collaboration at international, national & local levels
    by Shomik Mehndiratta
    Senior Transport Specialist. East Asia, World Bank
    Tom Rickert
    Executive Director, Access Exchange International
    Bill Millar
    President, American Public Transportation Association, USA
  • Key Topics [PPT 222KB] 

Implementation and Barriers to Progress

Key Messages and Conclusions
by Moderator, Sandi Rosenbloom
Professor of Planning, University of Arizona in Tucson, USA


Please also check the International Transport Forum workshop pageLink to external site

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Press release:

New York, NY, May 29, 2009 - Project for Public Spaces congratulates the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on receiving the prestigious Institute of Transportation Engineers' (ITE) Best Project Award for their work on Route 31 in Flemington, New Jersey.  The project illustrates the out-of-the-box thinking that every transportation agency needs to engage for reorienting transportation projects to more global outcomes.  If we can transform the way the transportation establishment views its mandate, as exemplified in the case of Route 31, we can rapidly and positively affect community building around the country.

Local and national leaders are realizing that status quo transportation and land use patterns are undesirable, environmentally damaging and fiscally beyond reach--in short, unsustainable.  This awareness has led to calls for a timely and reasonable government repositioning and response.  While many other states have given such transformations lip service, NJDOT was one of a handful of state DOTs who took action.   The Route 31 study was the catalyst for a organization-wide change that led to the institutionalization of these new concepts in a program called New Jersey FIT: Future in Transportation.  NJFIT embraces the idea that the ultimate goal of all planning, development, and community design should be to make places, communities and regions more prosperous, civilized and attractive for all people. 

The Route 31 Integrated Transportation and Land Use Plan was developed as a replacement for a two-decade study of a freeway bypass around the town of Flemington. NJDOT reacted to mounting evidence that highway capacity solutions to congestion only lead to auto dependent communities, more severe congestion and environmental consequences.  The DOT also recognized that the bypass was inconsistent with local communities' vision for maintaining their historical rural character.

In a move that is hailed as a 180-degree turn in the typical approach, NJDOT initiated a dialog with the surrounding community to determine how an alternate plan might better serve residents and future development.  The result was an integrated transportation and land use plan with mixed use walkable places based on a traditional grid network instead of new freeway capacity.  The communities self-directed much of the plan and almost universally rejected the suburban-style auto-oriented subdivisions and strip malls that had been destined for the area.  As a bonus to NJ taxpayers and NJDOT, the proper land use and creation of a local street grid network allowed the DOT to right size the new Route 31, thereby saving over $50 million of precious transportation trust funds.  

The planning process involved open dialog between community members, NJDOT and private developers.  "This project is a perfect example of how transportation planning should be approached," said Fred Kent.  "A bottom-up process that starts with the community will result in public spaces that provide access to all citizens."

PPS' transportation team, led by Gary Toth and Renee Espiau, were both leaders of the NJFIT program.  While at NJDOT and now PPS, Toth has been a sought-after resource on integrating transportation and land use, and has assisted DOTs around the country in adopting the concept.   Toth and Espiau, along with PPS's Phil Myrick, are instructors for the National Transit Institute's Transportation and Land Use Training Course and continue to work with forward-thinking communities through PPS' Building Community through Transportation program.

The Route 31 project is featured in Great Corridors, Great Communities: The Quiet Revolution in Transportation Planning, one of three new PPS publications published through a partnership with AARP.  The book includes a series of case studies that describes how planning transportation within the context of a larger corridor can benefit both mobility needs and community quality of life.The three-part series is a joint effort of PPS's "Building Community through Transportation" campaign and AARP's "Livable Communities" initiative, and is available through PPS's website

About Project for Public Spaces, Inc. - Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.  Founded in 1975, the PPS approach embraces the insights of William H Whyte, a pioneer in understanding the way people use public spaces.  Today PPS has become an internationally recognized center for best-practices, information and resources about Placemaking. Over the past 30+ years, PPS has worked in more than 2,500 communities in 26 countries around the world, helping people turn their public spaces and public markets into vital community places with programs, uses and people friendly settings that build local value and serve community needs.

It was 2001 when Katrina hit. That was after the tsunami damage in Asia caused Universal Design specialists around the world to raise the concern that disaster relief services, products, and construction disproportionately harmed people with disabilities.

Fast forward to 2009.

If FEMA were one of my students and they had a final exam tomorrow I'd counsel them to call in sick - or maybe just get a doctor to issue a certificate of brain death.

The Associated Press reports that, "By FEMA's count, 2,570 trailers and mobile homes are still being used in Louisiana and 1,500 in Mississippi to house victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

They report:

... six newly designed mobile homes were rolled out Thursday by federal officials to replace the much-criticized travel trailers used in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many people said living in the earlier models made them sick.

The mobile homes -- including one travel trailer -- were built as part of a program to develop new disaster housing solutions for the Federal Emergency Management Agency...

The travel trailer prototype -- made by Texas-based Frontier RV -- is the first to have a device that circulates fresh outside air into the trailer, said Ryan Buras, a housing program specialist at FEMA. This one-bedroom trailer is also handicap-accessible (sic) with a bathroom three times larger than the typical travel trailer bathroom.


With little detail to go on it would appear that FEMA has spent five times the effort to make non-Visitable, inaccessible mobile homes than universally usable models and adopted the "Let Mikey try it" approach to retain the disdained travel trailer design  "Let disabled people live in them!"

The math doesn't work. They come eight years too late for a community that reported one quarter of its population (24%) as having disabilities before Katrina yet four fifths of the emergency housing models in FEMA's arsenal are duds.

Politicians and patriots alike would be up in arms if Obama went to war with such poor planning. Yet we know there will be more hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes and other disasters that will spread across our headlines once more that survivors of disasters who have disabilities suffer disproportionately inadequate service.

A community consisting of such segregated housing is hardly worthy of the name "community." It creates, by design,  an artificial scarcity of accessible (and Visitable) housing stock. It isolates people with disabilities from the community. It even has the effect of breaking up families if that family has a member with a disability and needs more than one bedroom.

Was there a Livable Communities criteria in FEMA's mandate? If so, they failed to meet it.



The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named Esther Greenhouse, CAPS, as the 2008 Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) of the Year during the Sixth Annual Graduation Reception at the 2009 International Builders' Show® in Las Vegas on Jan. 20.

 

Each year, the NAHB recognizes an individual for their work in this specialized field. The NAHB Remodelers, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center, and NAHB 50+ Housing Council, developed the program to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging-in-place.

 

Esther Greenhouse is an environment gerontologist: a professional who specializes in how the built environment effects the functioning and well-being of older adults. A former interior designer, Greenhouse has worked as a researcher and a lecturer at Cornell University. She has taught design studios focusing on accessibility, universal design for seniors and design for Alzheimer's disease. Dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place, she teaches CAPS classes to make this a reality. Greenhouse recently consulted on the nation's first elder-focused emergency department and conducts seminars on aging in place.

 

"Esther Greenhouse is a leader in spreading the benefits of aging in place remodeling," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Greg Miedema, CGR, CGB, CAPS, a remodeler from Tucson, Ariz. "She is active in teaching universal design and accessibility while promoting senior-friendly community planning."

 

For more information about the NAHB University of Housing's Designee of the Year nomination process please call the NAHB University of Housing Professional Designation Help Line at (800) 368-5242, ext. 8154.  For more information about remodeling, visit www.nahb.org/remodel.



To find CAPS professionals who are builders, remodelers, OTs, PTs, etc., to assist you with Aging in Place solutions see:


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Emerald Lake in British Columbia, Canada

Image by panduh via Flickr


Tumbler Ridge News reports on the coming of age of important - and grandly ambitious - project directed by Laurie Ringaert that is part of British Columbia's Legacy 2010 initiative:

Measuring Up The North (MUTN), a project that facilitates the development of livable, disability-friendly, age-friendly, universally designed, inclusive communities for all residents and visitors in Northern British Columbia, will host a conference "Creating Universally Designed Healthy Sustainable Communities" to be held at the Civic Centre in Prince George from April 6-8, 2009.

Over 250 delegates from across British Columbia as well as other parts of Canada and USA will attend. Delegates will include elected officials, planners, builders, developers, policy makers, code officials, designers, architects, health professionals, researchers, disability and senior's advocates and others. The anticipated results are more livable communities that help build local economies and enhance social development.

For the full story:
http://www.tumblerridgenews.com/story.php?id=203684

Related reading
http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_rockies/invermerevalleyecho/news/41331119.html
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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the AARP will host a briefing on Universal Design and the 50+ housing market. The briefing will feature the four national winners of the 2008 Livable Communities Awards. The awards honor builders, developers and remodelers that create attractive, well-designed homes and communities that are comfortable, safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

The suggestion to repeat the tried-and-true public works infrastructure solution for re-priming the US economy has made it up to center stage with president Obama proposing it to the nation's governors. Unless it is imbued 100% through and through with the principles of Universal Design it will simply be the largest exclusion-by-design project ever seen. Who is advocating inside the incoming administration for all infrastructure funded by this proposal be vetted for its adherence to the goal of socail inclusion for seniors and people with disabilites?

The nation's governors got to work on Tuesday, taking their case to the president-elect for a $136 billion infrastructure spending program that they hope will funnel immediate government money toward bridges, roads and rail lines in the hopes of creating jobs and spurring the economy out of recession.

It's not a handout or a bailout, insisted the host of the economic forum, Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, the chairman of the National Governors Association. Rather, it's the "best remedy for getting America back to work," Rendell said.

"We think that we can create literally millions of new jobs and at the same time lots of orders for concrete and steel companies and asphalt companies and lumber companies and the like," Rendell said. "None of the bailouts have created one new job. Infrastructure can create, the economists say, 40,000 jobs for every $1 billion of infrastructure spending. Well, that's a huge lift."

Source:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/796490.html

Universal Design in Home Design

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J. W. Elphinstone does a very good job of arraying the research-based arguments for Universal Design in home remodeling. Quoting Wendy Jordan, author of a book I highly recommend "Universal Design for the Home: Great Looking, Great Living Design for All Ages, Abilities, and Circumstances" the piece notes:

"A lot of people think that making a house more accommodating will make the house less stylish, but there are many (universally designed) homes that are beautiful and still work well for people young or old, tall or short, or if they have any kind of limitations."

Who will be the author- and the organizational champion that AARP has been - to popularize Universal Design in hotel design?

Occasionally the question arises, "What's with the interest in home design when the main topic here is travel?"

The answer is, "Because trends in home design are currently our best demonstration of future trends in hospitality design." Terms like "livability" are arising to measure the desirability of communities. The immediate post-WW II push to sell home appliances on the appeal of convenience has the following generations thinking bigger. They are evaluating the architecture of their entire domestic envelope -- home, neighborhood, and destinations of choice

The demographic bulge in aging is driving a boom in home design using Universal Design. That population contains the prime candidates for travel. Hotel, resort, and cruise ship businesses are responding by incorporating Universal Design to attract this demographic - although at a painfully slow pace in many cases.

Below is a speech by Chris Hansen, Group Executive Officer of State and National Initiatives at AARP from 2005 hitting all the key themes of this opportunity: Universal Design, Visitability, and Livabiity

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