Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so that they can continue to live independently and safely. These modifications may include adding assistive technology or making structural changes to a home. Modifications can range from something as simple as replacing cabinet doorknobs with pull handles to full-scale construction projects that require installing wheelchair ramps and widening doorways.
Making a Home Accessible:
A website dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities.
This page from Consumer Affairs contains information regarding stairlifts including brand comparisons, stair lift features, and expert stair lift reviews. Additionally, it features an option which allows users to answer seven questions and get matched with a stair lift that meets their needs. Please be advised that you are required to enter your phone number and email address to get your results from the matching questionnaire.
Information on building your own home wheelchair ramp including safety information and ramp specifications, manuals, and videos.
Now more than ever plenty of home buying programs are available to help people with disabilities and their families. Visit The Guide to Homebuying for people with disabilities for a list of home buying programs, home modifications, your rights as a homeowner and more.
Research and Statistics
UCP does not conduct nor fund clinical research, however the following organizations provide information on cerebral palsy and other disability research:
UCP is a proud member of the CP Collaborative.
The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) is a group of doctors, therapists and patient advocates collaborating to improve treatments and outcomes for people with CP. The network combines the expertise of doctors and therapists committed to treating CP with clinical epidemiologists and rigorous data collection practices to plan and execute high quality clinical trials and quality improvement protocols.
NINDS conducts, fosters, coordinates, and guides research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke, and supports basic research in related scientific areas.
Data and Statistics
UCP’s fact sheet, including statistics, risk factors and effects.
DHDS allows you to browse for data about disability, psychological distress, and disability-associated health care expenditures. Data can be viewed in interactive maps and in data tables that can be customized or downloaded.
The Compendium is an annual publication of statistics on people with disabilities and government programs that serve the population with disabilities. Contains national and state level data.
The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) provides information about CSHCN in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.
Data on carefully selected indicators of health coverage and health care financing for CYSHCN in every state plus DC and Puerto Rico
Other Helpful Resources
ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
Produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, the Report suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish.
UCP International Affiliates and Programs
International Disability Organizations by Country
Trinidad and Tobago