Today’s wonderful guest post on designing for people with special needs comes to us from Carolyn Von Der Ahe. And how appropriate on Mother’s Day weekend that we are graced with a post from such an awesome woman who thought of all this with her own beloved daughter’s special needs in mind. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and enjoy!
Designing for special needs doesn’t mean that your design has to be strictly ADA (American Disability Act Compliant). Some basic accommodations in the home can mean the difference of staying in your home well into retirement, as well as being prepared for potential disabilities. Decorating for those with special needs, which includes basic aging issues, does not include throwing out dynamite décor…make it beautiful, make it fun! Having a daughter with special needs challenged me to prove that! Here are a few things to take into account…furniture design, fabrics, floor plan, and allowing for mobility and safety.