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The Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP)

The Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP) is a program of the Alberta Government, Department of Human Services that is available to eligible wheelchair users to modify their home to be more wheelchair accessible. Applicants can apply for a RAMP grant for up to $5,000. All wheelchair users, regardless of age, within Program guidelines (homeowner, tenants, and persons living with family). Eligible modifications are: 1. Those that facilitate access by the wheelchair user into their own home or living space; and, 2. Those that facilitate movement by the wheelchair user within their own home or living space. There are many more conditions and limitations to this program, so please consult the RAMP website at this link.


Barrier-Free Design Guide

Barrier-free design requirements for people with disabilities and seniors apply to all buildings with the exception of single family homes (apartment suites included), unless used for social programs. Other exemptions include temporary facilities for housing a construction force, and some industrial facilities. Some industrial buildings, for example, pose a greater hazard to their occupants due to dangerous materials or hazardous processes. In some industries, particularly in forestry and metallurgy, the nature of the operation can make barrier-free design impractical. It is intended that Code requirements be applied with discretion to such buildings. lf an industrial building also contains space for offices, showrooms or other such uses, it is reasonable to expect that barrier-free access be provided to these areas.

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Access Design Standards - Advisory Committee on Accessibility

 

Today, people with disabilities are in the mainstream of society, where opportunities are the same for everyone and is enriched by the diversity of its active and contributing members. It is important that people of all abilities be positively supported by their surroundings.

A well-designed environment is safe, convenient, comfortable, age-friendly1 and readily accessible to everyone. Design solutions that also respond to the climate variations in a winter city, like Calgary, increase and enhance the accessibility to the outdoors throughout the year.

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Universal Design Checklist

Great spaces arise from great design. Universal design is today’s best practice for building accessible environments because it embodies two simple, yet critically relevant tenets: it’s sustainable and cost–effective. Making a building accessible from the beginning is easier and less costly than retrofitting an existing building and can benefit the greatest number of people. So, regardless of a user’s ability, these environments can be accessible, functional and aesthetically pleasing as well as financially feasible.

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A Framework and Action Plan for the Development of Sustainable Inclusive Design (SID) Awards in Alberta

A house becomes a home where our spirits reside. 
The places where we dwell are where we invite friends and family in for holidays; where we have family portraits taken; where our children are raised, having their Birthday celebrations and growing from their nursery rooms into their teenage dens and later converting their rooms for other purposes when “the kids move out” (if/and/or when they move out). Even the most humble domain can be a thing of beauty (as long as it is appropriate, affordable and accessible) with our family being close to us, and with our sometimes simple but most precious memorabilia surrounding us.

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Designing for Accessibility: A Compendium

 

There is a quickly growing movement toward more functional and accessible housing designs in Calgary, in Canada and within North America. Why? There are several important contributing factors:

Our aging Baby-boomer Population (and their caring for elderly parents).

The growing demand for more sustainable housing (keeping one’s dwelling for greater lengths of time).

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People with Physical Disabilities and Inappropriate Housing

Having accessible and affordable housing for people with physical disabilities is not only a pragmatic issue, but also an ethical one. Ethics derives from ancient Greek philosophy, with the root of “ethos” literally meaning “abode”, “dwelling place” and “the place from where we start” (Nussbuam, 1986). To address the issue of the absence of affordable and accessible housing, we begin by exploring the etymological meaning of ethics as introduced by ancient philosophy, which is about virtue and “goodwill towards others.” The issue of need for appropriate housing requires a collective effort, that no one person, or organization can solve alone. It requires the collective ethics of all to create action. Thus, dwelling is not only the place that we inhabit; it is also how we are in the world.

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