Creating Age- and Disability-Friendly Communities

Published on 29 October 2015

Good news! Aging and Disability Services filed its final draft Area Plan for 2016-2019 for Seattle-King County with the State Unit on Aging, part of the DSHS Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, on Oct. 5, 2015. State approval is expected in early 2016.

U.S. Access Board Member Karen Braitmayer to Speak at City Hall

Published on 1 October 2015

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Seattle architect and accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer will discuss this work of the U.S. Access Board from 12 noon–1:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave, between James & Cherry Streets in downtown Seattle).

The Village Model: Everyone Has Something to Contribute to Aging in Place

Published on 30 July 2015

Where do you envision living as you age? In the same place you are now? In a place you can call "home" (instead of a hospital-like-care-setting)?What will you do if you are still active and involved, but you need a little help keeping your living space repaired and cleaned? Or need a ride to an evening event because you no longer wish to drive at night?

How to Plan an Accessible Public Meeting

Published on 30 June 2015

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an important piece of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.

You Take Care of Mom, But Who Will Take Care of You?

Published on 31 March 2015

Family caregivers provide the majority of long-term services and supports; however, the supply of family caregivers is not likely to keep the pace with the future demand.

Revisiting King County's Senior Housing Crisis

Published on 31 July 2014

Here it is In a nutshell: More than 900 additional affordable senior housing units are needed each year until 2025.

Economics Make a Case for Universal Design

Published on 31 July 2014

The good news is that there are a lot more of us and we're living longer. Because of that very fact, the bad news is that we are headed toward an unparalleled economic crisis that we seem woefully unprepared to meet. The crisis is our inability to pay for long-term care services and supports.

Seattle Design Festival 2014: Community Mobility & Universal Design

Published on 31 July 2014

The Northwest Universal Design Council and King County Mobility Coalition invite you to attend Community Mobility & Universal Design, a Seattle Design Festival event that will explore Universal Design principles that can enhance community mobility. The event will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (12:30–2:30 p.m.) at Seattle Public Library—Central Branch, Meeting Room #1, 1000 4th Avenue, in downtown Seattle, as part of the two-day SDF14 Conference.

Make Sure Your Home Can Change As You Do

Published on 30 August 2012

Home sweet home! No one expects a simple turn of events or our changing lives to suddenly make our home sweet home become a barrier to our comfort and peace of mind. Unfortunately that is typically what can happen if we are not aware of the possibility of change and if we're not prepared to deal with it. 

Universal Design Goes Beyond the Home

Published on 29 February 2012

Have you ever watched a captioned television at an airport? Were you thankful for the curb cut when pushing your baby stroller up a sidewalk? Did you appreciate the automatic door opener at the grocery store? These are all examples of "universal design."