- Adil, Janeen R. Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools, andPlants. Idyll Arbor. 1994. 300p. illus, index. ISBN 978-0-933149-56-4. pap. $16.95.
This guide to “barrier free gardening” by an avid gardener and mother of a child with spina bifida
includes tips on tools, emphasizes container gardening and raised beds, and features 100 black-and-
white photos and drawings. Unique to this resource is its chapter on how to make gardens accessible to
children with disabilities.
- Barrier Free Environments Inc. Staff. The Accessible Housing Design File.Wiley. 1991. 213p. illus, index. ISBN 978-0-471-28436-9. pap. $95.
For remodelers working with contractors and architects, this book contains very detailed specifications
and diagrams to be used in conjunction with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
regulations. Both exteriors and interiors are addressed, and the instructions for building or modifying
entrances, ramps, doorways, kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms are clear and jargon-free. Includes
over 300 detailed illustrations.
- Davies, Thomas D. & others. Accessible Home Design: Architectural Solutions for theWheelchair User. Paralyzed Veterans of America. 2006. 148p. illus, index. ISBN 978-0-929819-18-1. pap.
One of the few guides available that discusses in any detail installing an elevator in a residence, this is
also a good all-around sourcebook on universal design, addressing the usual entranceway, kitchen, and
bathroom issues as well as outdoor spaces and garden paths.
Fairview Health Services. The Accessible Home: Easy Ways To Improve the Safety, Practicality, and Value
of Your Home. Fairview Pr. 2003. 32p. ISBN 978-1-57749-142-2. pap. $4.95.
Cowritten by two occupational therapists specializing an accessibility issues, this brief saddle-stitched
booklet is basically a checklist of things to consider–and there are so many–when buying or remodeling
for accessibility. A good place to start for those who are uncertain of their needs.
Herwig, Oliver. Universal Design: Solutions for a Barrier-Free Living. Birkhauser Basel. 2008. 208p. tr.
from German by L. Bruce. illus. ISBN 978-3-7643-6718-1. $69.95.
Written to German standards rather than ADA, this volume, which is available through Baker &
Taylor, gives an overview on general universal design concepts, but products for everyday living are the
text’s mainstay, and only one chapter is devoted specifically to home design. Since there are currently
few books on this important topic, this is an optional purchase for larger and academic libraries
supporting design programs.
Holmes-Siedle, James. Barrier-Free Design: A Manual for Building Designers and Managers. Architectural
Pr. 1996. 176p. illus. index. ISBN 978-0-7506-1636-2. pap. $85.95.
Aimed at architects and building managers, this volume by an industrial psychologist and design
consultant is geared more toward the construction and revamping of commercial buildings and college
dorms than single-family homes. The chapter on ramp construction, however, is extensive and includes
plans, diagrams, and black-and-white photographs that can be used in home ramp design.
- Jordan, Wendy A. Universal Design for the Home: Great-Looking, Great-Living Design for AllAges, Abilities, and Circumstances. Quarry: Quayside. 2008. 208p. illus. ISBN 978-1-59253-381-7. pap.
Jordan, senior contributing editor of Professional Remodeling magazine, replaces the institutional-
looking UD ideas of the past with stylish, smart new projects. Her well-organized, well-written manual
combines floor plans, specifications, color photos, and recommended products. There is also a focus on
outdoor spaces such as patios, decks, and pathways, not often found in other UD titles. (LJ 1/08)
- Peters, Rick. Remodeling for Easy Access Living. Hearst: Sterling. 2006. (Popular MechanicsMoney Smart Makeovers). 192p. illus, index. ISBN 978-1-58816-465-0. $19.95.
This valuable remodeling manual is organized into three sections–planning, real-life examples, and
detailed instructions for specific projects. The color photos, specifications, and detailed diagrams are
invaluable. Projects include a list of needed tools and estimate the cost of materials. Out of print, but a
new edition, entitled Practical Improvements for Older Homeowners (ISBN 978-1-58816-776-7. $19.95),
will be out in April 2009.
Riley, Charles A., II. High-Access Home: Design and Decoration for Barrier-Free Living. Rizzoli Universe
Promotional Bks. 2003. 160p. photogs. ISBN 978-0-7893-1025-5. $14.98.
“High-access” can also mean high end as this brief title displays the elegant side of universal design.
Lavish color photographs show how accessibility can be not only functional but also beautiful. Aesthetics
and interior design are the main focus.
CD-ROMS & VIDEOS
ADA Technical Assistance CD-ROM. order online at www.ada.gov or call the ADA Information Line: 800-
514-0301; 800-514-0383TTY. Free.
A complete collection of the Justice Department’s ADA materials, including department regulations,
architectural design standards, and technical publications.
Building & Remodeling for Accessibility. color. 30 min. Hometime Video, www.
hometime.com/store. 1997. VHS $14.95.
The hosts of the longtime PBS home improvement show Hometime highlight how to build a wheelchair-
accessible ramp; remodel a kitchen and bathroom for greater accessibility; and demonstrate other
products designed for accessibility. Unfortunately, not yet available on DVD.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
ANSI helps to certify the safety of products and ensure safety standards in the United States. Its
regulations (like ANSI Standard A117.1-2003, which applies to accessible and usable buildings) can play
an important role in L/D construction and remodeling.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
ADA design standards and updated regulations can be found here as well as in a Q&A section and
links to ADA publications.
BJ Industries; bjindustries.com
A site for purchasing mechanisms to elevate kitchen/bathroom/shampoo sinks, cooktops, counters, including cabinetry, for residential and care
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (University at Buffalo)
The Idea Center of Buffalo is dedicated to improving environments and products through the
incorporation of UD principles. The web site includes finks to an email newsletter, electronic lists,
various research reports, an interactive exhibit, and Bright Idea Gallery of UD products.
The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
Founded by Ronald Mace, the “father of UD,” CUD promotes UD and accessible design in housing,
commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products. Its site includes links to the latest
UD news and CUD publications and multimedia products, e.g., Principles of Universal Design; Curbless
Showers: An Installation Guide; and Accessible Home Modifications Slide Show on DVD and Script.
Fair Housing Accessibility First
An initiative to promote compliance with the 1988 Fair Housing Act’s Accessibility Guidelines for new
multifamily housing units. Site has FAQs, common violations/key legal issues, and extensive related
links. The full guidelines, including updates, can be found at http://hudguidelines.notlong.com.
A leading producer of manufactured housing also makes UD units geared to aging in place.
National Association of Home Builders Research Center www.nahbrc.org
This housing research organization’s annual online Directory of Accessible Building Products lists
primarily bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances by national producers; a print copy is available from
the NAHBRC at minimal shipping cost.
Shared Solutions America
As an AARP consultant, this nonprofit is dedicated to showing how to apply the principals of universal
and accessible design to existing and new housing. Its site includes interactive tours of universal design
homes, UD solutions to meet specific needs, checklists of residential UD features, and assistive products
for aging in place.
Universal Design Alliance
Aiming to create awareness and expand public knowledge of UD, this nonprofit lists UD distance
education programs, promotes the Easy Living Home concept, and provides links to useful articles and
other relevant web sites.
For a complete schedule, go to www.libraryjournal.com. Publishers wishing to submit titles (new and/or
backlist) should contact Wilda Williams four to six months in advance of issue dates listed above (646-
746-6472; Email: WWilliams@reedb snail mail: Library Journal, 360 Park Avenue S., New York, NY
Lisa Felix, MLIS, is Manager of the Bittersweet Branch of the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, IN.
She has a personal interest in universal design and handicapped accessibility issues. Her husband, Jim,
has muscular dystrophy