Back Home in Indiana Alliance: ‘Visitability’ moves from a new idea to an important trend in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — “Visitability” is not just a nice idea. In more and more Indiana communities it’s becoming a common practice due to advocacy and community education by not-for-profit groups like the Back Home in Indiana Alliance and Centers for Independent Living. “Visitability” is a term to describe housing that can be visited by people who have difficulty with steps or who use wheelchairs or walkers. A house is “visitable” when it meets three basic design requirements: at least one entrance with a zero threshold; doors have at least 31-3/4 inches of clear passage space, and there is at least one bathroom on the main floor that is usable by a person in a wheelchair. Read more (PDF).