Making Your Home Accessible for People with Disabilities

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    If you are in a situation where you’re struggling with certain activities and would like some help determining what you need or how to go about setting up or rearranging a room to make it easier for you to manage, visit an Independent Living Center (ILC) a demonstration home, a bathroom design center, or a home health store to try out products and devices that may work for you. Ask your doctor for an assessment by a physical or occupational therapist or a referral to a rehabilitation specialist. Today,...Read More
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    For many years, my “office” was a tiny space located in a little alcove off our master bedroom—not the best place to locate your “place of work.” Even while I was in bed resting, I could see the desk, computer, file cabinets, and, of course, the mess. Sometimes I thought I could even hear the work calling to me, but unfortunately, there was no other location in our house to carve out another office area. Today, stores offering office equipment and supplies have hundreds of options and choices...Read More
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    Accessibility in your home starts at your front door. Let’s face it—if you cannot easily get in or out of the house, you are not going to get very far. I remember when I started using my little three-wheeled Amigo scooter because I could no longer walk from one end of our ranch-style house to the other. While I could still walk a few feet and maneuver a step or two, I knew it wouldn't be long before those limited abilities would make it impossible for me to get in or out of my house independently. I...Read More

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Shelley Peterman Schwarz

Shelley Peterman Schwarz and her husband, Dave, live in Madison, Wisconsin. At the time of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 1979, Shelley was working part-time as a teacher of the deaf. Since 1985 she has published more than 300 articles and received numerous awards including the Mother of the Year from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society, the Partner in Health award from the Combined Health Appeal of America, and the Spirit of the American Woman award from J.C. Penney. Her nationally...

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