Center for Inclusive Design and Access at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The IDeA Center is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
Since 1984, the IDeA Center has been a leading site for research, design, service, education and dissemination activities related to universal design. The Center was founded by Edward Steinfeld, an architect and Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. See – http://www.ap.buffalo.edu/idea/Home/index.asp
The Center for Universal Design (CUD) at North Carolina State University is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products. Our mission is to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education and design assistance. http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/index.htm
The Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA, summer 2008, vol.74, no.3) has an excellent research on the status of accessible housing, statistics and government regulations. The study found that “people with mobility impairments often need features like zero-step entrances and wide interior doorways to reside safely and comfortably in their homes, but such features are generally missing in US housing stock. One study estimated that 90% of the housing units in the United States are inaccessible to people with disabilities” The findings also show that the lack of accessible housing has serious consequences including a greater risk of injury and danger of falls, a greater burden on caregivers and a negative impact on health and self-esteem. As a result, many disabled people are “forced either to remain in homes ill-equipped to meet their needs or to move prematurely into nursing homes or other institutions” The full article is available from Concrete Change at http://concretechange.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/JAPA-08-Dis-Age-Housing.pdf
Delta Has Universal Design bath/ shower systems and zero- threshold show pans See – DELTA WEBSITE
The TOTO Washlet toilet is designed for unprecedented comfort, while delivering maximum cleanliness. An integrated, self-cleaning nozzle extends to release a warm, soothing stream of aerated water to provide the ultimate in personal cleansing. TOTO Website
Moen offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products and kitchen sinks for residential applications each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful innovation, useful features, and lasting value.
The Welborn Active Living Collection meets the demands for accessible living and aging-in-place environments for all generations of the family. The wide array of door styles, wood species, cabinet sizes and cabinet lines suits many budgets and interior designs. WELBORN CABINET WEBSITE
KraftMaid cabinets are available with a wide variety of styles, counter heights and options. See – KRAFTMAID CABINETS WEBSITE