Home Modification Guidelines
Content by: United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Indiana
Some homes are better candidates for modification than others. A home is considered to be adaptable if it has all or most of the following key structural features to allow reasonable entry and circulation without extensive modification:
Individual access needs vary widely, but some additional items to consider when building new or buying a house that needs to be accessible include:
Some modifications that could me made in the home include:
Accessible Entrance/Exit – includes adding ramps, widening doorways, making entrance locks and door handles accessible and providing an emergency exit
Accessible Interior – includes widening hallways or interior doors, moving electrical switches and outlets related to door widening
Accessible Bedroom – including widening doorways, making the closet accessible (lowered shelves and hanging rods), relocating electrical switches and outlets
Accessible Bathroom – includes modifying design of commode, sink and cabinets, tub or shower, widening entrance, moving switches and outlets, faucet hardware
Accessible Kitchen – including cabinets, counters and appliances for disabled adults to prepare their own or their family’s meals
Do you have questions about making modifications to your home or vehicle?
Visit the My Child Without Limits support community and talk to parents, caregivers, and professionals about their experiences with changing homes and cars to better suit disabled children.
Looking for more information on Assistive Technology and Individualized Service Plans?
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
Alliance for Technology Access
National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership (NATTAP)
DisabilityInfo.gov (AT resources)
National Council on Independent Living
Independent Living USA