Cost- and Eco-Friendly Ways to Making Your Home More Wheelchair Accessible

By Caroline Hampton

If you’re one of the 2.2 million people in the United States who depend on a wheelchair for mobility to aid in your day-to-day life, you know just how important quality home access is. From exterior gravel walkways and driveways, elevated entrances, and narrow doorways, to impossible flooring surfaces and inaccessible counter tops, your home can be filled with challenges.

In a 2016 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, participants with various functional limitations saw major benefits from home modifications. They included a reduction in falls and injuries, improved psychological effects that came with feeling more safe, and a positive effect on their quality of life.

With these great benefits in mind, it might be time to consider some ways you can decrease your frustration and increase your mobility. Let’s examine some cost- and eco-friendly accessibility home modifications.

Celebrate overcoming adversity through the film COMING TO MY SENSES and its corresponding grassroots #ColorMySenses digital campaign!

In 1999, Aaron Baker broke his neck in a motocross accident, leaving him completely paralyzed from the neck down. Despite doctors' grim prognosis, over the next 16 years Aaron decided not to listen to those who said 'he had a million-to-one odds of ever feeding himself again' and instead endeavored to regain as much mobility as possible. This journey through the unknown took him from the depths of depression to the joys of cross country road tripping via tandem bicycle with his mother and friends, and finally, culminated in his opening a socially conscious low-cost gym focused on increasing mobility for the disabled. Now, in COMING TO MY SENSES, we watch as Aaron takes one final journey which symbolizes his recovery: to cross a 20 mile tract of Death Valley unsupported on foot. But will he make it?

Though COMING TO MY SENSES chronicles the recovery of an individual suffering a high-level spinal injury, the film is much broader in scope and application that individuals of all stripes can take away a message of perseverance in the face of disheartening odds.

In conjunction with the film’s upcoming community screening tour and larger impact campaign, we are inviting you (and your organization) to participate in our grassroots #ColorMySenses digital campaign.