Check It Out: The Universal Design Toolkit

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on July 20, 2017 # Mobility

New in the PRC Library …

The Universal Design Toolkit by Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.

In The Universal Design Toolkit, Rossetti shares time-saving ideas, resources, solutions and guidance for making homes accessible to wheelchair user family members. It also provides a value and understanding for anyone interested in using Universal Design in their homes. Rossetti discusses the types of benefits and myths about Universal Design, space planning, dimensions and more to help you properly equip your or your loved one’s home.

The author has a personal interest and years of experience in Universal Design. In 1998, Rossetti and her husband were riding along a bike trail when a 7,000 lb. tree fell on her leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She felt her life was over and her years of schooling had been wasted, as it took her eight years to finish college and obtain her Ph.D. Upon arriving home after a period of rehabilitation, she realized that her wheelchair prohibited her from maneuvering around her house easily. One day, while reading a magazine, Rossetti and her husband Mark saw an article about a woman in her universally designed home which gave them a glimpse of hope.

Acquaint yourself with universal design principles as they may help you with home modifications.

A copy of this book can be checked out from the Paralysis Resource Center’s Library.

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