Home Usability Resources

Resources for identifying home usability problems and determining appropriate solutions! For funding home usability projects check out our funding resources page.

Home assessments

Home Usability Plan

Home Usability Program plan. This worksheet will help you track you home usability problems, set home usability goals, and identify resources. There is even a tracking sheet that will help you set objectives, assign tasks and set deadlines. If you want, you can work with the Community Living Specialist at your Center for Independent Living to complete the work plan.

Home Usability Solutions

Home Usability Solutions: Examples and Resources

So far, nearly 200 people have benefited from working with their Center for Independent Living on the Home Usability Project. Check out some of the projects they have worked on throughout their homes.
Some home usability issues can be addressed using smart home technology. Check out these resources for more information on all the possibilities!
All states should have an Assistive Technology (AT) Center that can help with identifying what might work best for you. Use the resource below to identify your AT Center or learn more about Assistive Technology and how it may help you.
  • The Christopher Reeve Foundation has a wide range of resources (including videos) that highlight how people with paralysis have successfully modified their homes and navigate the community.
  • Explore these videos on YouTube created by people with disabilities that illustrate the simple solutions they have identified to help them throughout their days.

Centers for Independent Living

  • NCIL-Check out the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) to learn more about independent living, federal policies and advocacy.
  • APRIL-Check out the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) to learn about independent living in rural areas and the issues affecting people with disabilities in rural communities.
  • ILRU CIL Directory-Check out the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)’s directory to locate the CIL nearest you!