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Volume 12, No. 2, Spring 2004

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Housing Workshop Informs and Energizes

Beth Mineo, DATI Director

Despite the bitter cold, an enthusiastic crowd turned out on January 23 for the Universal Design in Housing workshop sponsored by DATI. Dick Duncan, Training Coordinator at the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University, provided an overview of universal home design features, products, and home building plans in the morning, and then shared his expertise with the group in a lively question-and-answer session in the afternoon. Attendees included consumers, builders, contractors, architects, therapists, AT specialists, state social service and housing agency representatives, and many advocates concerned with the limited stock of accessible housing in Delaware.

It appears that Mr. Duncan's message reached the right people at the right time, because during lunch, groups of attendees hatched some mighty big plans for bringing the universal design message to all corners of Delaware. Discussion topics ranged from awareness campaigns to the actual construction of homes embodying universal design principles. At press time, we are pleased to report that a coalition of agencies, organizations, and individuals has formed to support the construction of a universally-designed home in Sussex County. Steve Tull, a Seaford builder, will be instrumental in making this vision a reality. Another universally-designed home built by Mr. Tull is the subject of a new video, Accessible Housing, produced by Mark Snow, and available from the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council. For more information, contact Al Rose at (302) 739-3623 or To add your name to the growing roster of those with interest or expertise in universal/accessible home design, please contact the DATI Central Site.
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