Home Elevation’s Impact on Accessibility

Greetings Recovery Stakeholders:

Throughout Hurricane Sandy recovery, many homeowners are facing the decision to elevate their homes to prevent potential damage in future flood events. Living in an elevated home presents challenges for anyone but is especially difficult for people with disabilities.

During recovery from a disaster, disability advocates promote the use of “universal design.” Universal design is planning space with accommodations such as elevators or lifts, to assist anyone, with or without a disability particularly when the home is elevated. The New York Sandy Recovery Office worked with external stakeholders to produce a 6-munite long informational video about the impact of home elevation on accessibility.

Please see below for a link to the video:

>http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/108162

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