There seems to be no end to websites these days, with themes on seemingly everything and anything the human mind can think of. I’ve thought a lot about website ideas myself, and I don’t think I’ve ever come up with an idea that hasn’t been on a site already, although I like to think some of my ideas have some originality, or improvement, or edge over other websites of their kind.
At any rate, this is the first in what I hope is a series of articles pointing out helpful websites in line with the theme of HousingForTheDisabled.com, that is, for individuals or families with special housing needs. Given the vast amount of literature on the internet, I am hoping to pull some of the more helpful sites, so that you do not have to spend the time looking. Just check into HousingForTheDisabled.com as often as possible for a one-stop Disabled Housing experience. That is the idea anyway.
For this first paper I would like to mention several websites. The first http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/tough-choices-people-with-disabilities-face-housing-crisis/, by Mary O’Byrne and Stephen Dale, is just an introductory article describing some of the problems faced by those in need of special accommodations, with a short history of some of the reasons behind these issues. Although a little older, it still seems very relevant today. I will follow up on further articles from these authors.
Next is a guide to help the disabled in the home-buying process. They list five important steps and talk about available financial assistance. The link is here: https://www.mortgageloan.com/disabilities. I think it can help some of you.
Next, http://protectedtomorrows.com/community/articles/153.php talks about how to choose an architect to build or remodel your home with accessibility, as well as the usual considerations, in mind. The article recommends an architect specializing in ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility.
Another useful link talks about housing programs for people with disabilities. It is referred to as a Disabilities Guidebook, and includes explanations of “The McKinney Homeless Assistance Act,” “The Housing Act of 1959,” etc. Some good information here: http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.dsp_content&contentID=175.
Finally, a discussion of rights for the disabled renter (houses or apartments), by Marcia Stewart. It is on a legal site called NOLO, and you can link to it here: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/disabled-renters-housing-rights-30121.html.
Well, that will wrap it up for now. Again, please check in from time to time for new material, and of course, just use our Contact Us page should you have any material you wish to contribute… we would be happy to try and accommodate you.