Consumer Consulting Group: Accessibility is a major obstacle faced by many disabled people in our community when trying to secure housing. People with physical disabilities may be prevented from renting places because the accommodation is not accessible to someone in a wheelchair. Seniors who become newly disabled may be forced to moved from their home because of mobility or other disabilities that prevent them from living independently. Often, minor renovations to a senior's house can enable that person to remain independent. ACPD's Consumer Consulting Group is a group of disabled consumers trained in accessibility and other design issues who will act as a resource to a wide range of people in the community to increase the number of accessible housing units and to enable individuals to remain in their home. People who may use our service include: * Homeowners wishing to make their place accessible * Landlords who may wish to know if their units are accessible or how they can be made accessible * Tenants who may wish to have their units reviewed for possible renovations * Seniors wishing to know what adaptations can be made to their homes to maintain their independence. * Residents of social housing developments who may wish to know how truly accessible their wheelchair designated unit is. Our Accessibility Consulting Group will provide the following services: * An "on-site" assessment and evaluation of the "accessibility" on an existing housing unit or property. * "On-site" inspection of newly constructed (or being constructed) accommodations to ensure that accessible features are being taken into consideration. * Recommendations on how to make the unit and/or site more accessible. * Information on Building Codes such as 3.7 (Building Requirements for Persons with Disabilities) and other codes. * Information on Government grants such as the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (see Government Housing Programs and Grants menu). * Information on local architects, trades people and other individuals in the housing industry who specialize in accessible design and construction. * Information on various home adaptation products and aids that can assist one to live independently in their home. If you would like to have an accessibility assessment done on your home, property or building give Michael a call at 383-4105. Michael is the Coordinator of our Consultant Group. Or if you just want to know more about this service, please give us a call. And while we are on the topic of accessibility, we encourage you to take part in the discussion group under the general housing menu. Maybe you know of some unique ways in which homes can be made more accessible. Or perhaps you have read - or even use - some product that makes living easier in one's home. We would also like to hear about positive examples in our community of homeowners, landlords and others who have made their places more accessible for people with disabilities. We want to hear about them. Maybe you know of a new housing development in your neighbourhood. Do you know if some of the units are being made accessible? Let us know! Together we can increase the number of accessible, affordable and suitable housing units for people with disabilities in our community.