We make sure that all of our switches, outlets, and thermostats are mounted onto walls within ADA requirements. Although the allowed minimums and maximums exceed the heights that we are using, we have found these heights to be the most usable for people of differing abilities. Outlets and switches can easily be reached by people in wheelchairs, but only require slight adjustments for able bodied persons.
It is very important to make sure that people of differing abilities can comfortably use the kitchen. To help ensure that, we use many drawers. Behind cabinet doors, we install pull outs to make for easier access. People can maintain much more comfortable and stable positions with the use of drawers.
Walls and doors create obstacles for people with disabilities. Homes in our communities are built with open floor plans. Where a load-bearing structure is necessary or privacy is desirable, there are walls and doors. But in common areas, we keep as much free space as possible.
From the entrance and throughout the homes in our community, we ensure that they are all 36" wide. Most interior doors of the average home are 32" wide. Having 4 extra inches make all rooms within a residence much more accessible for people with disabilities.
Door latches are a much more accessible option than knobs. People that have problems with gripping and turning a knob don't have the same issues with a latch. Latches are also more convenient for people from all angles above and below.
Every building within our communities are single level facilities. Steps are one of the greatest obstacles for people with physical disabilities. Not only will there be no stairs within a building, but none to enter or exit as well. Each community will be landscaped to be as flat as possible.