January 30th Austin City Council amended the single family building code to include Visitability standards. Starting in July 2015 ALL new single family and duplex homes will have to have:
- a no step entrance (back, side, front or garage door);
- an accessible path through the first floor;
- a 32 inch clear bathroom or half bath on the the first floor and
- light switches, electric outlets and other environmental controls between 48″ and 15″ (the same as in public buildings and newer apartments.)
In 1998 Austin passed similar requirements for single family homes that were built with city assistance. Since then over 7,500 visitable homes have been built and only 10 waivers were needed. With such a successful track record, ADAPT, the Austin Mayor’s Committee and other disability groups felt it was time for the next phase. Many of the affordable housing developers also supported this effort. We are proud that Austin has taken this important stride toward integration and inclusion, and we are elated that persistence has paid off. We want to acknowledge and thank Eleanor Smith and Concrete Change for their leadership in the Visitability movement.
The first two in a series of disability rights posters are now available! Perfect for holidays gifts and New Year’s inspiration. Order yours now. Order form is on the Support Us page
Display your pride in decades of activism with the first two releases in ADAPT’s “Rights Worth Fighting For” original poster series. Make a statement in your home or office and help sustain ADAPT’s powerful nationwide grassroots advocacy for all Americans with disabilities. Each 18″X 24″ poster is only $5, shipping included. Order 10 or more posters for $4 each! What a deal!
We have links to 2 new great videos, one on ADAPT and Freeing Our People
and one on the PACT and attendant issues.
Links are on the About Us page. (And they are captioned too)
Do you know someone who wants to get out of a nursing home? Texas is one of 17 states to get a federal Money Follows the Person grant to help people move out of nursing homes and other institutions. Call ADAPT for more information 512-442-0252.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA is more than two decades old. A lot has improved, but not everything. Know of a business that needs access improvements? Contact David Wittie or Nicky Boyte 442-0252. Do you have curb cut or other community accessibility issues? Contact Jennifer McPhail 442-0252. AND come to the Tuesday Access Club (Tuesdays at 12:30 at the ADAPT office) to get involved.
We won Best Champions for Equal Access 2012!
Access to mainline Capital Metro buses and bus stops is another issue Austin ADAPT is working on, Contact David Wittie 442-0252. Austin Cab,Yellow Cab and Lone Star Cabs provide wheelchair accessible taxi service in Austin. Having problems getting rides on those accessible taxi cabs? You can report it to the city of Austin 974-1554. And let us know too –David is collecting this information.
Are you interested in basic access in newly built single family housing? Contact Jennifer McPhail 442-0252. We need your help! Also we’re working for housing that is REALLY affordable to people on a disability income.
Looking for an affordable, accessible apartment? Contact Jennifer McPhail 442-0252. We are working to keep a partial list of places with vacancies, and ways to get access modifications.
Do you know an attendant/personal care provider/direct care worker who would like better pay? Well tell her/him to contact the PACT (Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas). PACT, a project of ADAPT, is working for better wages and benefits for attendants. Contact Cathy Cranston. In El Paso you can contact Kika Grajeda.