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DESIGN FOR LIFE/
CUSTOM SOLUTIONS FOR ALL ABILITIES/ SOMETIMES ONE CLIENT or one project can change a designer’s or architect’s entire way of thinking about the work that they do. This was the case for Deborah Pierce, as she describes in her new book, The Accessible Home. Hired to redesign a house to accommodate the family’s young daughter with cerebral palsy, Pierce was able to see ﬁrsthand what life was like for the child within her home, in stark contrast to when she was at her barrier-free school. Pierce describes her as a different child, “independent and engaged,” when given the freedom of a thoughtfully designed and fully-accessible environment. Meanwhile, at home her parents carried her up and down stairs, and in and out of bathrooms that would not accommodate a wheelchair.
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Accessibility is not about the elderly, it’s about all kinds of families. Accessible design is a way to bring attention to the range of human differences and the need to create homes tailored to their occupants.
Spending time with the family in order to better understand their unique needs, based on their home and lifestyle, allowed Pierce to gain a holistic view of how their home could be redesigned—beyond simply installing ramps, grab bars and elevator shafts. This thoughtful, customized approach is particularly important for “non-traditional” accessibility clients. Accessibility is not about the elderly, it’s about all kinds of families. Studies estimate that as many as three out of 10 babies are born with some sort of disability requiring special care. This generation has seen thousands of young soldiers returning home with severe physical and psychological injuries. According to Pierce, accessibility is a way to bring attention to the range of human differences and the need to create homes tailored to their occupants. The Accessible Home shares the stories of dozens of homeowners and the design solutions that truly changed the way they lived. Case studies include an example of a “visitable” home where the owners are physically able but wanted the home to be welcoming and accessible for a wheelchair-bound family member. Another extended family was in the unique situation of living in three separate homes on the same street, each custom-designed to address the residents’ speciﬁc disabilities. Augmented with site plans and hundreds of photographs, The Accessible Home shares the story of each home’s design, through all stages of the design process, as each project developed to meet a unique set of requirements. It also provides overviews of accessibility modiﬁcations for a variety of types of homes and the spaces within them, each as unique as its residents. i
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Winter 2012
Data and Design: A Winning Combination
The Two Voices of Interior Design
Design for Life
Resource Guide & Advertisers Index
ASID Icon - Winter 2012