Other Resources

These hand-selected sources will get you off to a good start in your search for more information, services, and equipment. The "GO TO" text in red indicates a link you can click to visit a website of interest.

Read a Few of Our Favorite Books

Universal Design for the Home, by Wendy Jordan (3rd edition, 2008, $24.99, ISBN 1-59253-381-7). This book reviews design principles, project profiles, and photo galleries that illustrate effective designs. It includes examples of the wide array of products now available and lots of great ideas to inspire homeowners – as well as their architects, designers, remodelers, and builders – to create universal-design homes tailored to their preferences and needs. The book is loaded with full-color pictures that bring the concepts to life and make it difficult to stop turning the pages.


Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century, 102 Plans You Can Order and Build, by Charles Schwab (3rd edition, $29.95, ISBN 0-9748559-1-X). The 102 home plans in this book are based on Universal Design principles for people of all ages and abilities. The plans are for homes that range in size from 654 sf to 4850 sf. Custom plans for “double-master,” “empty nester,” and duplexes are also included. The plans incorporate energy-efficient design and sustainable building practices. This is a great place to start for those who are seriously thinking about building a universal design home.


The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities, by Deborah Pierce (1st Edition, 2012, $27.95, ISBN 978160085-491-0). The first part of the book is an overview of the accessible home. It is organized by activities rather than rooms, as the open floor plan that characterizes many accessible homes makes traditional rooms obsolete. The second part carefully reviews 25 case studies. These are homes for people living with a wide range of disabilities: conditions from birth, progressive illness, debilitating injuries, hearing and vision loss.There are homes for families, for couples, and for single people. Both new homes and renovations are represented. It’s well organized and easy to read, with beautiful full-color pictures of key features and completed projects.


Get Connected with Research Centers

The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University is a leader in the development of The Principles of Universal Design. Their online publications expand on the information reprinted by MFH and provide a more detailed look at all four levels of design.


The Easter Seals® organization has been a strong advocate for accessibility issues for almost 90 years. Their website offers a variety of educational services, including a section dedicated to “Making Our Lives Accessible.”


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is part of the National Institutes of Health. The NIA funds and conducts research on issues related to aging, including practical information to help older people remain healthy and independent so they can continue to live on their own. The NIA website covers a wide range of health and aging topics with dozens of well-written articles on health issues, nutrition, exercise, choosing a doctor, medicines, preparing for medical emergencies, and tips for making your home “senior friendly.”


Find Equipment/Hardware Resources

AbleData provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available to consumers, organizations, and caregivers. The website serves the disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities providing a database of more than 40,000 products grouped within the following categories: Aids for Daily Living, Blind and Low Vision, Communication, Computers, Controls, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf Blind, Education, Environmental Adaptations, Housekeeping, Orthotics, Prosthetics, Recreation, Safety and Security, Seating, Therapeutic Aids, Transportation, Walking, Wheeled Mobility, and Workplace. AbleData is sponsored by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).