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    Our new workshops are an education project funded by private donations and a generous grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. These Quality of Life grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases and birth conditions.  To see more about their wonderful programs visit  the Reeve Foundation at  http://www.christopherreeve.org

    Universal Design –

    Advocating for Accessible Residential Building Codes

    Workshop Summary – Architect, Laura Montllor, AIA will explain the principals of Universal Design and teach how to advocate for changes in legislation at the local level.  The Powerpoint presentation will include many examples and pictures, of accessible home renovation projects such as; no-step entries, accessible kitchens and safe bathrooms.  Participants will learn the history of the Universal Design movement, compare examples of current accessible building codes regulations, and examine coming trends. This workshop will include case studies of example Zoning and Building Codes from around the country.

    Program can be adapted to audience type and special interests.

    Project Concept– Advocate for Change in Building Codes

    This educational project was inspired a few local governments that have passed legislation that adds Universal Design requirements to their residential Zoning and Building Codes.  Starting with local municipalities in Georgia and Arizona, this is a growing national trend. More than 20 new pieces of legislation have been passed in New York State in the last few years. This as an excellent opportunity to empower people, promote community involvement and encourage more people to influence their local municipalities to act. 


    • September 28th,2011 at the Suffolk Independent Living Organization ( SILO) in Coram, NY – call for details.
    • November 6th,2011 at Port Washington Library. Port Washington, NY 2pm
    • WEBINARS with the AIA  – register at http://network.aia.org/events/webinars/

      1 – Universal Design in Commercial facilities, April 11, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

      2 – Beyond the ADA: Residential Universal Design –  May 9, 1:00p – 2:00p EST

      3 – Myth Busters: Excellence in Universal Design  – June 13, 1:00p – 2:00p EST
    • June 20th – Town  of Huntington – 

    Wednesday – 2pm  at Office of Handicapped Services and Women’s Services

    John J. Flanagan Activity Center at the Village Green 423 Park Ave.

    To register call 516 883.0403 or see Town of Huntington

    • September 13th 2012 – Long Island Independent Living – LICIL – 1:30pm 3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Suites 208 & 500, Levittown NY 11756.

      It is easily accessible by public transportation or by car, with plenty of parking facilities. For bus information in Nassau County, call (516) 766-6722.

      LICIL Phone: 516-796-0144 Fax: 516-520-1247 TTY: 516-796-013 E-mail: licil@aol.com

      Would like a to schedule a free workshop for your  Independent Living Center, Library or Senior Center?  Program can be adapted to audience type and special interests. Program:  Length –  30 minutes to One hour.  Time for questions and audience participation. Contact Laura Montllor, AIA at Architect@HomeFreeHome.org