Extension News

Online Seminar Shares Real Stories about Improving Accessibility in Existing Homes

2/26/2009

AMES, Iowa — When a family member has a disability, home may not be as welcoming as it used to be. However, with practical, low-cost modifications, home can feel like home once again. Iowans will share stories about changes they made in their homes to improve accessibility in a free Iowa State University Extension online seminar (webinar) Thursday, March 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Two Iowans will talk about their personal experiences with home modification, said Mary Yearns, the ISU Extension housing specialist who will lead the webinar. Yearns also will provide examples of other consumers’ home modification efforts and share a list of resources.

“People who have a family member with a disability need to think about ways to make their homes easier to live in,” Yearns said. “Your home must be welcoming and easy to move around in, regardless of your age, size, needs and abilities. The webinar will give you ideas about what you can do to make your home more convenient.”

The webinar will highlight practical modifications and low-cost to high-tech solutions, with room-by-room suggestions, Yearns said.

To register for the webinar, go to http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ud/event/event_info.html.
After registering, you will receive instructions for connecting to the webinar.

It’s a good idea to test your computer ahead of time to make sure your computer and network connections are properly configured. To conduct the test, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/testconnect.

The webinar is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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Contacts :
Mary Yearns, Human Development and Family Studies, (515) 294-8520, yearns@iastate.edu
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu
Binnie LeHew, Iowa Department of Public Health, (515) 281-5032, blehew@idph.state.ia.us