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Designing for the disabled

June 26, 2005|Diane Wedner

Physically disabled buyers seeking newly built homes that go beyond "universal design" principles may find the answer in Simplified Disabled Housing.

The brainchild of Riverside entrepreneur Aaron Lema, these homes offer buyers a choice of heights, depths and widths of kitchen counters and cupboards. The plan also provides options for toilet placement and access to dishwashers and stoves.

Endorsed by United People With Disabilities, the plan is most popular so far with builders of manufactured homes, Lema said.

He hopes to increase awareness of his concept to on-site builders as well.

"I'm taking the universal design method a big step further," Lema said.

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