The Formulation of Sensible Regulations for Accessible Rehabilitation Housing

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1979-07
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Osterberg, Arvid
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In order to achieve better housing alternatives for America's elderly and disabled populations, sensible regulations covering accessibility are necessary. A more accessible housing market could help reverse the present rise in the number of dependent care settings. The regulation of new construction in terms of accessibility will soon be easier with the publication of the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) standard on accessibility for the physically disabled. While the document is expected to be comprehensive in terms of new construction, the same standards may not be appropriate in regards to the adaptation of existing housing. Additional research on adaptation is necessary in order to formulate guidelines for making existing housing units accessible for wheelchair bound individuals. The new research should include a study of a variety of existing housing units which has been adapted and modified by disabled users to become more accessible. Methods for programming designs of housing projects with future adaptations in mind need to be explored. Until these new research findings become available, regulatory officials will have a little to guide them in regulating housing adaptations.
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This article is published as Osterberg, A.E. The Formulation of Sensible Regulations for Accessible Rehabilitation Housing. In Research and Innovation in the Building Regulatory Process, U.S. Department of Commerce. July 1979. https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/Legacy/SP/nbsspecialpublication552.pdf
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