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Researcher Releases List Of Simple Home Modifications
February 8, 2005

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY--A New Jersey Institute of Technology research professor has come up with a list of 16 "easy and affordable" ways to make homes safer and more comfortable for people with disabilities.

Environmental psychologist Richard Olsen, PhD, developed his recommendations from a state-funded project and a federally-funded project. The first involved interviews and household assessments of 25 family members taking care of a loved one with a disability. The other assessed the abilities and homes of 80 older people with intellectual disabilities.

"Our studies consistently illustrate that with several simple, relatively inexpensive modifications such as reorganizing the kitchen cabinets or installing anti-skid strips on the stair tread, people can create safer and more comfortable living environments," Olsen said in a statement.

The list was published by several on-line news services.

"NJIT Expert Recommends 16 Easy, Affordable Ways to Make Homes Safer for People with Disabilities" (Kansas City infoZine)


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