Organization news Information/Education Page| Volume 95, ISSUE 10, P1995-1996, October 2014

Making Homes More “Visitable” for Wheelchair Users and Potential Hosts

      Wheelchair users and the people in their social networks want to enjoy each other's company. However, many homes have barriers (eg, entrance steps, narrow interior paths) that limit their visitability in a wheelchair. Visitability refers to an effort to change home construction practices so that new homes, whether or not designated for residents who have mobility impairments, offer 3 specific accessibility features: 1) at least 1 zero-step entrance on an accessible route leading from a driveway or public sidewalk; 2) all interior doors providing at least 81cm (31.75in) of unobstructed passage space; and 3) at least a half bathroom on the main floor ( These barriers can cause both wheelchair users and potential hosts to forego sharing special events or just spending quality time together, which is mutually important for all relations.
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