Access to information on how to
design for the disabled has been
difficult to come by in the past. The
Accessible Housing Design File, with
its clear presentation and numerous
drawings, goes a long way toward
remedying this situation. Its seven
chapters progressively lead you
through design issues from site
planning and entries to bedrooms
and egress requirements. Along the
way you'll learn why "flared"
sidewalk ramps are the preferred
style, when standard 9x7 garage
doors may not be high enough
(many wheelchair users have
modified vans), and why two-story
houses are preferable to split-levels.
There are also several sample
kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom
Despite its many strengths, the
Design File has several shortcomings.
First, as the authors acknowledge,
the primary focus is