Accessibility has a long way to go before making into the mainstream thought processes of developers around the world. Accessibility laws, especially in places like New York, are a travesty, with many of the only housing options being 1-10 floor walk-ups with no accessible options whatsoever. New developments and renovations are underway with new builds, but these cost a pretty penny, and many of New York City’s ageing population cannot afford them. What happens then? To the hundreds of thousands of citizens who will most likely need some form of altered-living in the next 10-20 years? In theory, rental buildings constructed in New Yor after 1991 should be accessible to people in wheelchairs, but the update has been slow and exceptionally problematic due to New York’s affinity for extremely cramped living spaces.
The Fair Housing centre estimates that 50,000 New Yorkers use wheelchairs. But as baby boomers reach retirement age, that number is expected to grow. At the same time, more seniors are choosing to grow old at home rather than in assisted-care facilities, making it important that their apartments be capable of accommodating wheelchairs. Ageing in place needs to be made possible in order for boomers to make it through the next 10-30 years. Many do not have the funds for assisted living facilities, and what happens when the influx of those needing public housing shoots through the roof? Read the full article here.