Accessibility & Community Participation

Making Homes Visitable: A Guide for Wheelchair Users and Hosts (PDF)The cover of Making Homes Visitable shows a woman in wheelchair being greeted by another woman at the front door of a house.
This booklet provides information on how to make a home “visitable” for guests who use wheelchairs or have any type of mobility limitation. It provides suggestions about how hosts and potential guests can have a productive conversation about what a person needs in terms of accessibility to make a visit possible. A barrier checklist suggests options for making temporary changes to create a visitable home so that friends and family members can be part of gatherings. Authors: D. Nary, B. Buchanan and V. Renault, 2018.

Accessible Parking Etiquette: Honor the Aisles! (PDF version)
This brochure explains the differences between van-accessible access aisles, which are designed for those who use ramp- or lift-equipped vans, and standard access aisles. It also provides tips on how to be courteous when using accessible parking. Produced by the Research & Training Center on Independent Living, 2017.

Removing Environmental Barriers: Independent Living for People With Psychiatric Disabilities
In this webcast, researchers discuss their project focused on helping people learn about grocery store use and providing them with adaptations. Presenters: Tana Brown, Melisa Rempfer, and Elizabeth Sheils

Full Participation in Independent Living: Are We Making Progress?
An overview of the NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center on Full Participation in Independent Living (RTCFPIL) at the University of Kansas is discussed in this webcast in addition to preliminary data from its first three research projects. Presenters: G. White and D. Nary

Advocacy and Research for the 21st Century: Interviews with Key Disability Rights Informants
Through 30-minute telephone interviews, key informants with 16 disability advocacy and research organizations — half were visible leaders in shaping national disability policy during and after passage of the ADA, half were state and local leaders who represented constituencies who had not had a visible presence at the national level — discussed their top five research and advocacy priorities for the next ten years in this report and how they thought research could advance the disability advocacy agenda. Authors: B. O’Day and M. Goldstein.

Tribal Disability Concerns Report Method: Respecting Sovereignty and Building
Describing a process to identify and involve American Indians in research and to address their tribe’s issues, this report presents and overview of the process, examples, and additional resources. Author: H. Scalpcane

Training Consumers with Acquired Brain Injuries to Serve on ILC Committees and Boards
This manual explains how a meeting is run and the various tasks that go into making a meeting productive. Authors: K. Froehlich, G. White, and R. Gutierrez

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Visitable Homes Improve Quality of Life

Print out this educational page to share with patients and their caregivers. Dot Nary, PhD, published “Making Homes More ‘Visitable’ for Wheelchair Users and Potential Hosts” in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (10/14, 95:10, 1995–1996).

"Diagnosis Isn't Enough"

Research by Amanda Reichard may inform care for people with disabilities. Reichard is lead author of Diagnosis isn't enough: Understanding the connections between high health care utilization, chronic conditions and disabilities among U.S. working age adults, which appears in Disability and Health Journal (8.4, Oct. 2015, 535–546).

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