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Useful Links and Resources

  • AARP Universal Design Home Modifications
    This site discusses how to make homes accessible for all ages, it also includes a checklist to assess your own home and suggestions of solutions.

  • Accessible Home Ramp Manual
    How to Build Wheelchair Ramps for Homes is a manual of design and construction for modular wheelchair ramps.

  • Alpha One Maine's "Access Design" Service
    Alpha One has a service called "Access Design" that provides technical assistance for design professionals, builders and developers. They also maintain a listing of contractors and workers who consumers have recommended. Alpha One does not screen or recommend anyone on this list; however, you can obtain the list (includes name, address and phone numbers) and screen them yourself. To obtain the list, call Alpha One (it is not available electronically) at (800) 640-7200. To find out about the "Access Design" service, link to

  • Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access
    Gallery of "Bright Ideas" offers examples of modification products and possible "bright" ideas.

  • Concrete Change
    This site is focused on changing current building practices to make homes visit-able and accessible for all people.

  • HUD's (Housing and Urban Development) "People with Disabilities" Page
    This site provides links to information, resources, and fair housing laws.

  • National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
    This site includes basic listings of organizations in every state that can assist with home modification.

  • National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
    This group is focused on aging in place and independent living and provides some resources to meet those goals.

  • New England ADA & Accessible IT Center
    One of ten regional disability and business technical assistance centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

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