Resources for Home and Business Modifications

  • Fact Sheets

    • There are several ways to create a more accessible space for a person in a wheelchair. Some options include: altering an existing floor plan, building an addition, converting existing rooms, or buying a new home. The following guidelines will be helpful to anyone planning for wheelchair accessible housing.

    • This website contains videos and information on all aspects of universal design. (From UW Medicine)

    • This infosheet contains a broad but not all-inclusive list of local, state, federal, and private programs designed to help fund various home modification projects.

    • ASSIST Inc is a non-profit Community Design Center that provides architectural design, community
      planning and development assistance to non-profit and community groups, and housing and accessibility design assistance to low income households or persons with disabilities.

  • Companies / Products

    • Bruno Independent Living Aids is a global manufacturer of accessibility products designed to enhance the lives of those challenged by limited mobility. For the transportation of personal mobility devices – wheelchairs, scooters and power chairs – Bruno has designed a comprehensive selection of Vehicle Lifts to accommodate almost any automotive vehicle. And, our award-winning Turning Automotive Seating helps you get into and out of your vehicle with ease. Bruno’s selection of straight rail and custom curved rail Stairlifts, and Vertical Platform Lifts provides effortless access in the home.

    • Butler Mobility Products is a Pennsylvania manufacturer of premium quality Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lifts, Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lifts, Courtroom Rostrum Wheelchair Lifts, Church Sanctuary Wheelchair Lifts as well as Dumbwaiters.   All of our platform wheelchair lifts and dumbwaiter products are rugged, sturdy units with UL® CSA certified components and are useful in commercial or residential applications. 

    • Prefrabicated accessible showers and accessories.

    • The FAWSsit™ Fold Away Wheelchair Shower stalls are manufactured by Care Giver Support Product, LLC. for use by individuals with disabilities who find that traditional bathing facilities are difficult or impossible to use, and who may not be able to do re-modeling of the bathroom to allow for full accessibility.  Additional FAWSsit™ models are designed for emergency services or HazMat. All FAWSsit™ models are completely wheelchair accessible and portable, requiring NO tools or modifications to a site for use.

    • Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators LLC is the designer and manufacturer of the vacuum elevator. PVE currently manufactures three versions of its air driven residential elevators, ranging from single to a three-passenger, wheelchair-accessible home elevator. All of PVE’s vacuum home lift systems are capable of up to a 35 foot (10.5m) vertical rise over as many as four stops. The unique design of the vacuum residential elevator is a perfect choice for any retrofit or new construction project and will enhance the value of one’s home without the consuming footprint of a traditional home elevator. The innovative home elevator does not require any pre-construction shaft, pit, or machine room and can be installed in as little as two days. By using a vacuum pump to generate areas of higher and lower atmospheric pressure within the cylinder hoist way, the unit smoothly moves between floors while using much less energy than other home elevators.

    • Safeway offers multiple bath accessibility products to provide easier accessibility to existing bathtub for a fraction of the cost compared to tearing-out the existing bathtub, including the Safeway Tub Door™ and the Safeway Step®.

    • The Sammons Preston catalog is a leading provider of rehabilitation, assistive and splinting products all over the world.

    • Since the introduction of the DDA and subsequently the Equality Act, many buildings have struggled to provide a means of access to their property that is barrier-free and ensures access for all. Even the smallest numbers of steps at the entrance of a building can provide a huge obstacle to visitors to a building and can lead to a situation where some visitors cannot access the building without assistance. Frequently, the property will install a retrofit solution that is difficult to use and can be an eyesore to the existing façade of the building. Sesame from Allgood Trio is a new innovative system that solves this issue by ensuring access for all whilst providing a discreet and aesthetically pleasing solution for the building.

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