Other Resources

The information featured throughout Accessible U is intended as a primer on accessibility features. The following resources provide more comprehensive and more technical information, and may be useful for tackling more challenging situations, for further specificity, or for other perspectives.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Accessible Housing by Design. A national initiative with dozens of resources, including case studies, room-by-room guides, and examinations of issues like fire safety and home automation. See also House Designs and Floor Plans.

Home Modification Information Clearinghouse. This Australian aid hosts hundreds of useful resources available in multiple formats, on topics like widening doors and adding ramps, and the impact of home modifications on caregivers. With everything from FAQ’s to literature reviews, consumer fact sheets and discussion boards, this website contains much valuable information.

Access Design Standards. This document describes the City of Calgary’s approach to universal design in the built environment. It is intended to complement the building code and enhance accessibility. The standards apply to buildings owned and operated by the City of Calgary and to facilities that are newly built. The City encourages their use among design professionals, the building industry and other community members.

Barrier Free Design Guide. Building on Section 3.8 of the Alberta Building Code (2006), which defines the technical requirements for barrier free design, this guide explains the intents and objectives of each component of the code. It also points out best practices and recommendations related to barrier-free design and universal design.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Flex Housing. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has done extensive research on the housing needs of persons with limited mobility, particularly the adaptability of housing over time. FlexHousing is the result of this research, and the website features videos, images and recommendations. This resource is most useful for new construction.

Designing for Accessibility: A Compendium. This document includes a synopsis for designers, builders and planners for accessible and affordable housing design, and also makes linkages to new design movements. It includes cost comparisons, statistics and background to these movements. It also features several in-depth case studies of specific units that are accessible, examining the accessibility features and demonstrating how the units are lived in by the residents. There is a comprehensive glossary and list of resources.

Home for Life. Partnering with the City of Edmonton and Age Friendly Edmonton, this website features recommendations for life-long residential home design. Design features of Home for Life were developed to be flexible, safe and ageless, so people are able to modify their homes as their needs change. Home for Life’s blog also features more in-depth examinations of specific areas of the home.

Visitable Housing Canada. Visitable housing refers to the concept of homes with basic accessibility that enables people of all abilities to access a home. Visitable homes feature one no-step entrance, clear passageways and an accessible bathroom on the main floor. Visitable Housing Canada has developed dozens of resources, including case studies, cost analysis and photo galleries.

The Center for Universal Design at NC State University. This American resource provides a host of publications that detail universal design in various environments. Resources include designing accessible multi-family housing, various guides to bathroom drains, and several other technical packs that detail design ideas for different areas of the home.