For more information on adapting houses . . .

September 13, 1992

As founder and co-director of the American Paralysis Association's National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline, Karen Colvin deals with the issue of inaccessible housing every day, receiving calls from senior citizens as well as younger people with disabilities. Call (800) 526-3456.


In Canton, a Southeast Baltimore rowhouse has been remodeled with many special adaptations to demonstrate how a home can be more "senior friendly." The house, at 3003 Fait Ave., features a stair glide and fully accessible, modern kitchen and bathroom. It is open to the public for tours on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Call 327-6193.


Volunteers from the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders **

Association of Maryland are expected to begin work this fall on a similar project which will redesign a South Baltimore rowhouse to meet the needs of its elderly resident.

Organizers need donations of materials and supplies as well as the services of skilled construction workers who are willing to donate their time. For information about the project, a collaborative effort of the Remodelers Council, WBAL-TV and the Maryland State Office on Aging, call Dwight Griffith, vice president of Griffith Brilhart Builders, at 557-8900.


Limited financing is available to help cover the costs of retrofitting a home. Contact the Maryland State Office on Aging at (800) AGE-DIAL.


* "The Do-Able Renewable Home: Making Your Home Fit Your Needs" (D12470). Free from the American Association of Retired Persons. Write: AARP Fulfillment, 601 E St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20049.

* A booklet filled with accessible home designs and floor plans is available for $3 from the National Easter Seal Society. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Easy Access, c/o National Easter Seal Society, 70 East Lake Street, Chicago, Ill. 60601.

* A variety of publications including "A Consumer's Guide to Home Adaptation" are available for purchase from the Center for Accessible Housing, North Carolina State University, 219 Oberlin Raleigh, N.C. 27695. Write or call (919) 535-3082 for a list of publications.

* "The Occupational Therapy Guide to Home Modification." By Shoshana Shamberg, $12 plus $4 postage and handling. Available in four to six weeks. To order, write to: Abilities Occupational Therapy Services Inc., 3309 W. Strathmore Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21215 or call (410) 358-7269.

* A comprehensive information packet on Accessible/Adaptable Housing is available for $30 from the NAHB National Council on Seniors Housing, National Association of Home Builders, 15th & M Streets N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005, Attention: Gail Hartwigsen. Call 202-822-0386.


* Adapt Your Home, available from Abilities Occupational Therapy Services Inc. $40 plus $6 postage and handling for individuals, $30 plus $6 for non-profit organizations. To order, call (410) 358-7269.

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