Beyond Code: Taking a Progressive Approach to Disability Accessibility & Inclusion

One in four Americans lives with a disability, yet it’s estimated that less than 6% of the national housing supply is designed to be accessible. As housing communities are created, they don’t often meet the diverse accessibility and inclusion needs of people with disabilities. While basic code and compliance measures require specific features, no holistic set of guidelines and standards define an implementable, progressive approach to design truly accessible and inclusive housing communities. Equipping designers, builders, and developers with a set of standards and a new framework for disability-forward design, that highlights accessibility and inclusion, can drastically improve housing quality and housing options for all people.

The Interior of the courtyard of The Kelsey Civic Center. Trees are visible in the courtyard. People can be seen sitting, standing and walking.

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