Online Extra: Web Resources for Universal Design

Here's a list of guides on building or altering homes to suit the needs of the elderly or disabled

AARP Guide to Understanding Universal Design

Very complete Web site includes room-by-room advice and narrated slideshows of homes employing universal-design principles

National Association of Home Builders' Directory of Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists

Searchable directory of remodelers and contractors who have been trained to understand the home modifications often needed by the older adult population

The Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University

The leading resource for research and information on universal design provides stock floor plans for houses and detailed plans for home modifications

Practical Guide to Universal Home Design

Commonsense, illustrated introduction to universal design with checklist of what to consider when buying, building, or remodeling a home

Universal Design Checklist, Kansas State University

Short checklist of universal-design basics for residences, compiled from multiple sources

Lifease LivAbility Questionnaire and Report

Personalized report ($19.95) offers suggestions as well as links to products tailored to your specific living situation and physical abilities

Homes for Easy Living: Universal Design Innovations

Complete with resources and examples, this is the Web site of an award-winning consultant specializing in single- and multifamily universally designed housing

Network of Care, Alameda County, Calif.

Searchable database of more than 21,000 assistive tools for the elderly or disabled

Lowe's Home Improvement How-To Library: Universal Design

Room-by-room recommendations for remodeling projects that can help you around the house

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