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DESIGN FOR LIFE/
Making a Home for Wounded Warriors
UNIVERSAL DESIGN REINVENTED TO OPTIMIZE ABILITY/ MORE THAN 200,000 U.S. soldiers have been injured to date
ﬁghting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly half of them are continuing their service and returning to active duty after rehabilitation. Yet every day they have to battle the environments they live and work in because those buildings are not designed to meet their needs. When most wounded service men and women return home and begin the long journey of rehabilitation and adjustment to their new “normal,” they ﬁnd it difficult to adapt to their surroundings, having to employ workarounds and make costly changes to their homes to meet their altered physical and mental health needs—even if the homes were built to be ADA compliant and accessibility friendly. Clark Realty Capital believed there had to be a better solution. The Virginia-based real estate ﬁrm, which is partnered with the Department of Defense on more than $4.7 billion of privatized housing for service members, collaborated with IDEO and Michael Graves and Associates on a new model for building accessible homes on military installations.
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