Council resolution makes city more inclusive

This resolution will provide an incentive for builders to build zero-step entrances, wider doorways, basic access to bathrooms.

Book advocates for accessibility in single-family homes

The book aims at changing the way the industry looks at accessibility, in particular, for single-family homes.

Canton veteran welcomed back to his renovated home just in time for the holidays thanks to Purple Heart Homes

Farmington Valley Times Dec. 30, 2013 Joe Recupero’s home was renovated to include a new roof, handicap accessible bathroom and bedroom and a ramp out the front door. Volunteers also moved his driveway so he could gain easier access to the home. Read article

Aging at Home? Be the Host With the Most (Visitability)

Huffington Post June 6, 2014 Although “visitability” was not invented out of concern for older people specifically, its importance should be obvious for this expanding age group. Read article.

Builder: 7 Aging-In-Place Essentials

According to U.S. Census data, the number of Americans 65 and older is expected to rise 35 percent from 2010 to 2020. This plays a big part in the upswing of universal design and aging-in-place home features the past few years, accompanying the increase of multigenerational homes. A recent article fromThe Washington Post cites AARP… [Read More]

Concrete Change cited in “Psychology Today” blog

Social stigma is a breakdown of social empathy. Instead of seeing the world through the eyes of the other, a person who stigmatizes has imposed their own view onto the social identity…. Social empathy is the cure for social stigma. Successful design is empathetic design. Read the Psychology Today blog.

Concrete Change hosts U.S. Secretary for Fair Housing at East Lake Commons

On March 15, Concrete Change hosted U.S. Secretary for Fair Housing John Trasvina at East Lake Commons, a 100% visitable, 67-home intergenerational co-housing community which is the home of Eleanor Smith.  Mr. Trasvina had contacted Eleanor after hearing her speak on Visitability in DC and said he’d like to converse further the next time he… [Read More]

Advocate Gets Visitability Guest Column in City Paper

Right now, there are hundreds of people in Montana who cannot go home. They cannot go home because there are no available homes in Montana that they can use. […] Read more by Justyn Field in a guest column published on Missoulian on February 6, 2012.

Memphis Downtowner Visitability Article

Memphis CIL scores visitability article in city magazine (November 2011). Read the full article on the Memphis Downtowner website.

Public Health Award for Concrete Change

Concrete Change activist Eleanor Smith was awarded a 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from Emory University, the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School. HSmith of the Congress for the New Urbanism reports on the award: Concrete Change, a pioneering advocacy organization for those with disabilities, has been awarded with the 2011 Martin Luther… [Read More]