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In the United States, there is a lack of adequate numbers of universally designed and accessible houses in the housing market for the older population and people with disabilities. Many barriers, such as financial support and lack of knowledge for housing-related professionals, can prevent this population from participating in home occupations. The project developed educational products, including the universal design housing experience booklet, universal design housing checklist, and universal design blueprints. These products were delivered through the blog post on Uncurbed LinkedIn website. The needs assessment was conducted to provide the guidelines for the chapters in the booklet and checklist. The educational products would educate people with disabilities and older populations about financial resources, home environmental barriers, and universal design in housing. The educational products also advocated for universal design in housing and educated housing-related professionals, including architects, interior designers, builders, and realtors, to increase their understanding and knowledge of universal design, universal design features, and the roles of occupational therapists in this field. Therefore, education and advocacy for universal design and accessibility in housing are important to increase universal design housing options.

Publication Date

Spring 4-11-2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Universal design, Accessibility, Housing, Occupational therapy, Design professionals, Education, Advocacy

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational therapists, Universal design, Housing, Accessibility of health services, Physical barriers


Architectural Engineering | Construction Engineering | Interior Architecture | Occupational Therapy | Real Estate


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

Education and Advocacy for Universal design and Accessibility in Housing