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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.
    http://www.aarp.org/families/home_design/

  • Accessible Home Ramp Manual
    How to Build Wheelchair Ramps for Homes is a manual of design and construction for modular wheelchair ramps.
    http://www.wheelchairramp.org/

  • 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
    http://www.alpha-one.org/index.php?page=housing

  • Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access
    Gallery of "Bright Ideas" offers examples of modification products and possible "bright" ideas.
    http://www.ap.buffalo.edu/idea/Brightideas/index.asp

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

  • HUD's (Housing and Urban Development) "People with Disabilities" Page
    This site provides links to information, resources, and fair housing laws.
    http://www.hud.gov/groups/disabilities.cfm

  • 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.
    http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/nrcshhm/directory/

  • 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. 
    http://www.homemods.org/

  • 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). 
    http://adaptiveenvironments.org/neada/site/home

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