The forum we hosted on VisitAble Housing was attended by planners, builders, realtors, elected officials, advocates and consumers. All supported the concept and agree that everyone would benefit from this thoughtful and inclusive design. Explore and learn more about this concept that holds a promise to improve lives of many - view the videos of the presentations and accompanying slides. We posted a brief report from the afternoon workshop and would like to hear from you as well.
The journey home can be stopped by a single set of stairs. Even just a few steps can amount to an insurmountable barrier for a new parent juggling groceries with a stroller, the athlete recovering from an ankle injury, or the grandparent wanting to visit family.
Enter: VisitAble Housing.
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"Understanding Accessibility Features to Meet Housing Needs - A Guide for Real Estate Professionals & Home Seekers" is a checklist guide to help assess a home for the basic level of accessibility (VisitAbility) and additional accessibility features along the des
On February 26th, members of the Kitchener-Waterloo VisitAble Housing Task Force met with real estate agents from Kitchener Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR) to discuss the benefits of VisitAble Housing in Waterloo Region. Great discussion focused on the spectrum of accessible housing design, and how building more VisitAble homes could impact our community for the better. For more information on VisitAble Housing, visit www.waterlooregion.org/visitable.
The Visitability Project is a three-year national initiative that runs until March 2016 to increasing awareness of VisitAble Housing to buyers, builders, policy makers and other stakeholders. Kitchener-Waterloo Task Force led by the Social Planning Council is one of the six teams across the country working to increase awareness, plans to develop a workshop and resource package for real estate agents about the benefits and selling features of VisitAble Housing. A checklist so agents can determine if a house they’re selling is VisitAble is also in the works. Read more from REM, Canada’s premier business publication for the real estate industry.
Visitability Project - Collaborative Knowledge Building and Action for Visitable Housing In Canadian Cities has come to Kitchener-Waterloo. Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is the local coordinator of the KW Visitability Task Force and will be contributing its longstanding experience and mobilization of knowledge to support the initiative in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies. The first planning meeting of the Task Force is held on January 30th and launches a process that will unfold until September 2015.