Livable Communities

Using a participatory action strategic approach to enhance accessibility and participation in arts and cultural events: Results of four focus groups

Nancy Vandewiele Milligan, Ph.D., O.T.R.L., F.A.O.T.A., Els R. Nieuwenhuijsen, Ph.D., M.P.H., O.T.R.L., Carolyn L. Grawi, L.M.S.W., M.S.W., A.C.S.W. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 1, p105–113 Published online: October 28, 2013 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.09.001 Background Cultural events are abundant in a midwestern college town; however, individuals with disabilities have expressed concerns about their accessibility. Policymakers, […]

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Physical access in urban public housing facilities

Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, Ph.D., Gail Regan, Ph.D., P.T., Jacqueline Y. Reese-Smith, M.A., Katie M. Heinrich, Ph.D., Rebecca E. Lee, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, January 2008 Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 25–29 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2007.11.003   Abstract Background Public housing facilities play an important role in housing individuals with physical disabilities, including older adults, who are unable to afford […]

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Cell phone use by adults with intellectual disabilities.

Although cell phone use has grown dramatically, there is a gap in cell phone access between people with disabilities and the general public. The importance of cell phone use among people with intellectual disabilities and studies about use of cell phones by adults with intellectual disabilities was described. Our goal was to determine the extent […]

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Home modification.

Almost 50 million Americans–about one in five–live with a mental or physical disability, many in homes that are inconvenient, restrictive, or dangerous for them. Modifying the home using universal (barrier-free) design, architectural accessibility, and other such concepts can reduce the risk of falls and improve overall function. Nurses can be involved by assessing patients’ living […]

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Evaluation of a redesigned self-checkout station for wheelchair users.

Self-checkout is the emergent/emerging retail technology wherein users (shoppers) check out their own items using an interactive kiosk. A dramatic growth is anticipated in the prevalence of self-checkout systems in retail environments. A study was conducted to develop and evaluate a redesign of a self-checkout system with a focus on issues related to physical accessibility […]

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Livable communities for adults with disabilities.

In 2004, the National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned the Center for Home Care Policy and Research to research and prepare a report on the topic of “livable communities” for adults with disabilities. The following is a summary of the major findings in the report and the priority action steps that communities should take to […]

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Profile of arthritis disability: II.

OBJECTIVE: Arthritis is the most common chronic condition and the most common cause of disability among older US adults. We studied social participation, disabilities in many life domains, accommodations used (buffers), and accommodations needed (barriers) for US adults with arthritis disability compared with adults with disability from other conditions. METHODS: The data source is the […]

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Aging, disability, and frailty: implications for universal design.

Throughout the world all populations are seeing burgeoning numbers of “elders”, defined as persons aged 65 year and older. In many countries, including Japan, the United States, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, those aged over 65 are at or approaching 15% of the population. As their numbers have increased, so have their health care […]

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Use of electronic technologies by people with intellectual disabilities.

Today’s electronic technologies, including computers, cell phones, Internet, and electronic organizers, hold great promise for individuals with intellectual disabilities, yet little research has been conducted to explore patterns of use among this population. Drawing upon a survey of 83 adults with intellectual disabilities, we examined factors affecting use for three key electronic technologies: computer, Internet, […]

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Using remote assessment to provide home modification services to underserved elders.

PURPOSE: Although remote home assessment would enable specialists to prescribe home modifications for anyone, anywhere, the strategy is dependent on the ability to provide specialists with the same information as an in-home assessment. The purpose of this paper is to document that remote assessment is feasible and concurs largely with traditional in-home assessment based on […]

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