In the last decade technology has given seating arrangement designers additional methods to assist severely disabled children and adults. It is crucial to find seating that reduces the strain on the spine and limbs. Positioning is usually the very first step in providing more specialized technical aids. Mobility devices like wheelchairs and mobility-skating scooters have been designed to make the disabled more mobile.
There is a growing need for safety and security to be a top priority for older and disabled persons. Elderly and disabled people could be the victims or at least unsafe in their surroundings. “Mobility Initiative” is an American Medical Association and American Association of Retired Persons initiative. This includes collecting statistics on crime and violence within neighborhoods that have a high number of seniors and disabled citizens. The mobility initiative also involves tracking crime statistics for the physically handicapped and elderly to determine what causes such higher incidents of crime.
Many older and disabled individuals face problems navigating the stairs. A new device called LISTA (Learning Interactive Voice Response System) makes it possible for a physically disabled individual to move up and down the stairs using only his or her hands. This new equipment means that a person doesn’t have to reach for any other objects or walls to use the railing. The user can use the handrail just as he or she would if it were a standard wall-mounted piece.
Many people with disabilities are trapped because of space limitations. They find themselves in stairwells and alleyways, which can cause them to feel restricted. Grab bars and handholds can be installed on nearby walls to make public spaces wheelchair-accessible. Many cities also have building codes which require certain precautions such as a barrier between curbs and building-side walkways.
A lack of readily available products is another obstacle for people with disabilities. Products designed for the user by people with disabilities often do not fit into the budget of a typical consumer. Many physically handicapped people live in a world where they must rely on items they must have to maintain their dignity, such as clothing, hygiene products, and other necessities. Retailers that specialize in the design and manufacture of products for the disabled have seen such an increase in business that they often sell items at reduced prices.
Building interiors with personal touches help a physically handicapped person feel more at home. This allows the disabled person to relax and reduces the risk of suffering from stress-related injuries. This is especially important for physically disabled people who are at greater risk of injury in their homes. Slips and falls, bedwetting, and other stress-related injuries like bed-wetting are more common now than they were in the past. A home that is accessible, yet allows the disabled person to relax and move freely can make a big difference in their overall well-being.
Designing interiors for disabled spaces is important because it gives the disabled a sense of belonging and an ability to shape their own lives. This is especially important to people who come from historically underrepresented groups such as African Americans and women. Historically, disabled people were less visible in the community and their needs were not addressed. By designing homes and other buildings for the disabled, the issue of historical neglect can be addressed. The design of houses for the disabled can help to create a wider target group and allow them to decide who they are and what they want.
Physical disabilities can limit the potential of any person to realize their full potential. Designing houses for disabled people gives disabled people a sense of belonging and a sense of value. Because they are able to speak up and be heard, it allows them to self-advocate. Designing houses to accommodate disabled people can challenge beliefs and behaviors about disabilities. Designing houses to accommodate the disabled can help increase social interaction as well as development.