Friday, January 23, 2009

The Competition

Sarah and I met this past week and discussed our journey so far...and the competition. She has developed a list of "basic" universal design principles that should be included in the homes. Now, it is up to me to take the draft of the the competition RFP and finalize it. We would like to think we could move this along by may, for Older Americans' Month...but we will see.

General Requirements

Step free entrance with flush threshold
Open floor plan
One level home or at least one accessible bedroom and full bath on first floor
36” wide door openings
Flooring -- flush thresholds, maneuverable surfaces, and non-slip/non-glare surfaces
Adjustable height storage
Lever handle hardware
Loop handle cabinet and drawer hardware
Light switches 44” - 48” high
Thermostat no more than 48” high
Windows maximum 36” sill height
Electrical outlets 18” minimum height
Adequate maneuvering space in bathroom (60” in diameter)
Curbless shower or tub with integral seat
Clear space in front of and to the side of toilet
Single lever faucet controls
Lavatory height (adjustable or at 32”)
Knee space under lavatory
Scald guard
Adjustable hand-held shower hose
Knee space under cabinets
Accessible appliances (refrigerator, stove, dishwasher)
Adjustable height countertops
Adjustable height storage
Single lever facet controls
Utility Room
Accessible washing machine, clothes dryer (front loading with controls on front)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Other Details Need Attention Too

We haven't done much work IN SL recently, but have been quite busy on other fronts related to the project, and others are demonstrating a high level of interest in what the group is attempting to accomplish with it. There have been numerous requests for presentations to university faculty about SL recently, but folks are also specifically interested in the project. These presentations provide a forum to enthuse and excite others about the educational possibilities of virtual worlds.

Additionally this week, a pre-application was submitted to the National Institutes of Health which includes this project as part of the overall aim. Notification should come in April if the project is selected as one for which the reviewers would like to see a full proposal.

Two of us are meeting next Tuesday to reevaluate where we are with the project and to begin discussions about the competition.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Links of Interest

For a list of interesting projects in SL, please visit:

For a list of articles about SL, please visit: