Accessible homes ensure that those who need them have the ability to function as independently as possible. Accessible homes provide unique features such as lowered kitchen cabinets, counters, and sinks, roll-under stoves and bathroom sinks, widened doorways, wheel-in showers and raised electrical outlets. The construction of new homes, or modification of existing homes, to be fully accessible enables people with physical disabilities to leave and enter their homes as they please, to reach sinks, electrical outlets, kitchen cabinets, stoves, and other appliances, and to use bathrooms without relying on the help of others.
Not only does accessible housing enable individuals to live independently, it also helps them remain within their community. Without the ability to leave or enter one’s home at will, it is virtually impossible to participate in one’s community. How can a person get to school, work, or anywhere else they need to go if they are unable to leave their home because of physical barriers? When able to access homes with accessible features, people with disabilities can often live on their own as productive members of their communities. Equal opportunity for people with disabilities is what affordable, accessible housing is all about.
March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of women throughout history and recognize the challenges they have overcome to achieve equality. This month is a time to reflect on the intersectional experiences of women, including those with disabilities. Women with disabilities have been at the forefront of the fight for disability rights and have significantly contributed to society.