Person Centered Environments





The Bay Area Project






Design for Safety




Person Centered Environments
In April of 2002, Mr. Braddock, in collaboration with John Rowell, Architect, wrote Person-Centered Environments, a precedent study of existing residences of persons with developmental disabilities in California and Oregon. This authoritative work made a clear and compelling case for the critical role of the physical environment in promoting independence and improving quality of life for the individual and increasing the likelihood of a successful and satisfying life in the community. It outlined a systematic and inclusive process for creating desirable, cost-effective, durable, real homes that meets the requirements of people with developmental disabilities and their supports. If inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities in the larger community is good than a commitment to the creation to available housing stock that meets their needs and preferences is necessary. More here..

The Bay Area Project, Housing Design Guidelines
Agnews Developmental Center, with its 400 residents, in Santa Clara, California is scheduled for closure in June of 2007. In March of 2004, Creative Housing Solutions, LLC completed the planning guide now being used to develop housing in the Bay Area for these individuals. The Bay Area Project, Housing Design Guidelines utilizes a simple matrix to predict the number and types of homes that will be needed for them to move successfully into the local community. The process begins by identifying each individual’s environmental requirements and lifestyle preferences. This leads to the selection of one or two of the six specific Building Programs described along one side of the table. Any Building Program matched with the selection of a housing type, such as a single-family, duplex, apartment, condominium or attached unit. This match identifies a specific housing Template. These Templates are further described and illustrated with case studies elsewhere in the Guidelines. This process leads to the selection of a housing option or options that makes sense for all individuals who will be leaving the institution. This allows planners, developers and community support networks to predict how many, where and what type of living situations are needed. More here..

Design for Safety
Other publications include: Design for Safety, A Technical Assistance Manual produced in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Occupational and Safety Division. A multiple-disciplined team of experts in the fields of safety, nursing, architecture, community care and housing construction studied accidents in group-homes throughout Oregon to see if there were links between physical features of the home and worker or resident injury. The manual studies the characteristics of existing group homes and their sites. Evaluation was organized around individual rooms in the home and the work done there and illustrated with photographs and text. Improvement in layout, room size, special products, methods, materials and training were suggested for each room to support worker and individual safety. More here..





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