Finding a New Normal

Universal Design

Building Freedom for All

“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”

-Ronald Reagan

What is Universal Design?

By Definition Universal Design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to those with and without disabilities. Universal Design takes into account the full range of human diversity, including physical, perceptual and cognitive abilities and involves designing products and spaces so that they can be used by everyone, regardless of age or size.

The Slattery Home

Caused by the dreadful day the truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel, disabling Matthew Slattery, and made possible by the Alter Urban Design team and occupational therapist, Ingrid Kanics, the Slattery’s fully wheel chair accessible home was completed this past summer.

The concept for the house was finding and defining a new “normal” for the Slattery family and is designed to help Matthew navigate the challenges of daily life in a wheel chair.  The new home consists of an open floor plan to accommodate the wheel chair, special cook tops, pull down cabinets, a therapy pool, and an overhead rail lift system to transport Matthew between rooms when needed.

Design Solutions

FANN’s reason for being is to raise the money and resources required to go into the homes of families and help them make the modifications they need.  The steps taken to complete our Design Analysis include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Evaluate current living situation
  2. Address the accessibility issues and needs of the home
  3. Provide recommendations
  4. Assist in funding the modifications or in the search for other accommodations
  5. Provide Project management support