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April Inclusive Housing/Home Modifications Course in Austin, Texas! See Future Dates & Locations

Discounts for 2+ attendees–see link to brochure for details and pricing.

LIVE COURSE:   April 13-14, 2016  Austin, Texas
Inclusive Housing: Space Planning, Design & Building a Business

The course is scheduled as a two-day course; however, attendees can choose to register for just one day or both days of the course.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER CLICK HERE!
http://www.empowerability.com/ProfessionalEducation.html

Future Dates & Locations: 
May 16-17, 2016 Hamden, CT
May 19-20, 2016 Philadelphia, PA
June 13-14, 2016 Charlotte, NC
June 16-17, 2016 Virginia Beach, VA
June 20-21, 2016 Arlington, VA

February 5, 2016 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

January Home Modifications Course in Las Vegas–Early Registration Ends 12.22.2015! See Future Dates & Locations…

Early Bird Registration ends 12.22.2015!

Discounts for 2+ attendees–see link to brochure for details and pricing.

LIVE COURSE:   January 14-15, 2016 Las Vegas, NV
Inclusive Housing: Space Planning, Design & Building a Business

The course is scheduled as a two-day course; however, attendees can choose to register for just one day or both days of the course.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER CLICK HERE!
http://www.empowerability.com/ProfessionalEducation.html

Future Dates & Locations: 
April 13-14, 2016 Austin, TX
May 16-17, 2016 Hamden, CT
May 19-20, 2016 Philadelphia, PA
June 13-14, 2016 Charlotte, NC
June 16-17, 2016 Virginia Beach, VA
June 20-21, 2016 Arlington, VA

December 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

My gift to you: Home Modifications Continuing Education Course Early Bird Registration Extended!

Don’t miss Early Bird Registration!  Discounts for 2+ attendees–see link to brochure for details and pricing.

LIVE COURSE: 
Inclusive Housing: Space Planning, Design & Building a Business

The course is scheduled as a two-day course; however, attendees can choose to register for just one day or both days of the course.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER CLICK HERE!

January 14-15, 2016    Las Vegas, NV

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR VEGAS EXTENDED  1 WEEK!

 

Future  Dates & Locations: 

April 13-14, 2016         Austin, TX

May 16-17, 2016          Hamden, CT

May 19-20, 2016         Philadelphia, PA

June 13-14, 2016        Charlotte, NC

June 16-17, 2016         Virginia Beach, VA

June 20-21, 2016        Arlington, VA

 

Course Description:

Day 1:  Space Planning & Design  9:00am–4:45pm (6 contact hours)

This intermediate level course starts with a review of the housing laws and the different types of design, generated from their inception as it relates to environmental modifications. Attendees will participate in interactive activities to use knowledge of design principles to environmental modification recommendations.  The course is filled with visual imagery to provide examples of the design of each of the major home areas (e.g.: Entry, second floor access, Kitchen, Bathroom) as it conforms to a varied spectrum of users.  Space relationships and drawing the built environment for the purpose of either reading drawings and/or creating concept drawings to accompany a home/environmental modification assessment will be reviewed.  This course will also incorporate content and examples specific to design for aging, design for the senses and gerontechnology to provide attendees a holistic approach to creating an environmental modifications plan.  Case studies will be provided for attendees to apply what they have learned throughout the day and create/modify a concept drawing to accompany an environmental modifications plan.

Day 2:  Building a Business   9:00am–4:45pm (6 contact hours)

Interested in starting your own home modifications business? As a private practitioner, you must carefully plan your business development and strategies for marketing.  Prioritizing your goals and objectives, time management and finances are imperative to the success of running the business. Marketing and networking, as well as, explaining the distinct value of your services as a home modifications consultant, are essential to building relationships and obtaining referrals/clients.  This course will incorporate content regarding building a home modifications business including home modification business models, process for home modification service provision, creating clearly defined business contracts, accessing funding, as well as marketing and advertising.  The roles of the home/environmental modifications team members will also be discussed, for successful inter-professional collaboration as a means to advocate and market services.

December 15, 2015 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Don’t miss Early Bird Registration for Home Modifications Continuing Education Course!

Inclusive Housing: Space Planning, Design & Building A Business

January 14-15, 2016  Las Vegas, NV

Registration and Course brochure here:
http://empowerability.com/ProfessionalEducation.html

 

The course is scheduled as a two-day course; however, attendees can choose to register for just one day or both days of the course.

Course Description:

Day 1 Space Planning & Design  9:00am–4:45pm (6 contact hours)

This intermediate level course starts with a review of the housing laws and the different types of design, generated from their inception as it relates to environmental modifications. Attendees will participate in interactive activities to use knowledge of design principles to environmental modification recommendations.  The course is filled with visual imagery to provide examples of the design of each of the major home areas (e.g.: Entry, second floor access, Kitchen, Bathroom) as it conforms to a varied spectrum of users.  Space relationships and drawing the built environment for the purpose of either reading drawings and/or creating concept drawings to accompany a home/environmental modification assessment will be reviewed.  This course will also incorporate content and examples specific to design for aging, design for the senses and gerontechnology to provide attendees a holistic approach to creating an environmental modifications plan.  Case studies will be provided for attendees to apply what they have learned throughout the day and create/modify a concept drawing to accompany an environmental modifications plan.

Day 2:  Building a Business   9:00am–4:45pm (6 contact hours)

Interested in starting your own home modifications business? As a private practitioner, you must carefully plan your business development and strategies for marketing.  Prioritizing your goals and objectives, time management and finances are imperative to the success of running the business. Marketing and networking, as well as, explaining the distinct value of your services as a home modifications consultant, are essential to building relationships and obtaining referrals/clients.  This course will incorporate content regarding building a home modifications business including home modification business models, process for home modification service provision, creating clearly defined business contracts, accessing funding, as well as marketing and advertising.  The roles of the home/environmental modifications team members will also be discussed, for successful inter-professional collaboration as a means to advocate and market services.

December 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

WEBINARS: EmpowerAbility provides Continuing Education on Inclusive Housing & Communties

After many years of presenting at professional conferences and continuously educating and collaborating with professionals on home and community design projects, EmpowerAbility is taking the last 10+ years of content and case studies and providing live webinars and live one and two-day continuing education courses.

Upcoming webinars are:

09.17.2015: Inclusive Bathrooms

09.23.2015: Inclusive Kitchens

Here is the link for more information and to register!

http://www.empowerability.com/ProfessionalEducation.html

August 11, 2015 at 8:18 am Leave a comment

A critical look at the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)

Do you know where the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) come from????  

Most people are unaware that these guidelines were created from data that was taken from the military back in the ’60s and the ’70s.  Anthropometric measurements (body measurements) were collected and provided a baseline to create the technical specifications for accessible spaces.  So, essentially, this data was taken from mostly young men, who are in very good physical shape and are now being utilized to represent the disability population.  Are you starting to see the problem here?

It is important to have a baseline, data to draw from, however, please keep in mind that the ADA accessibility guidelines are considered minimum requirements.   This means that they are going to meet the ‘minimum’ need for accessibility within a community space.  This is why use of ADA accessibility guidelines is NOT recommended for a person’s home.  

For example:  ADA grab bar height is 33-36″ above the finished floor.  This may meet some people’s needs, but because it is a minimum requirement, it certainly will not meet all people’s needs and is certainly not very individualized.  Why place a grab bar in your home in a location that is not specified to your needs?  Consider, they do not specify that all walking canes have to be between 33-36″ in height–instead, what is done, is the cane is measured to the height that meets the individual’s needs…..and so should grab bars in your home.  Recommendations from an occupational therapist regarding  installation of grab bars based on ergonomics provides for maximum access and safety by the end-user.

Knowledge is power. ~Francis Bacon

November 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Even Lady Gaga can benefit from Universal Design…..

I frequently say we are all temporarily able-bodied.  In a previous blog post titled, “My personal journey with Universal Design”, I stated that we are all temporarily able-bodied.  No one can predict if, when and where illness, injury or disability may strike.  Accidents certainly do not discriminate by age, ability-level or even celebrity status.

In entertainment news I could not help but notice that Lady Gaga is temporarily using a wheelchair after a surgery to repair a torn labrum in her hip.  While she may be rolling around in a leather and 24 karat gold-plated wheelchair (see pictures here), it is a wheelchair nonetheless; one in which she may have never thought she would ever have to use at the ripe old age of 27.  As an occupational therapist that specializes in environmental modifications I start to ask, “how is she getting in/out of her home?  in/out of a shower? How is this environment impacting her ability to participate in daily and meaningful activities?”

Being proactive and incorporating Universal Design (Lifespan Design) features into your home/environment provides you with a layer of convenience now, and flexibility later to meet any changing life needs.  Universal Design features would certainly come in handy for Gaga right about now….what about for you?

March 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm 1 comment

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