Tonight at 10: Universal building techniques help people thrive in living environments

Tonight at 10: Universal building techniques help people thrive in living environments

For some people with disabilities, handicapped building techniques do not go far enough.

Madison resident Jane Nemke Earl, who has muscular dystrophy, discovered the limitations of her condo when her disease confined her to a motorized scooter.

Everyday construction standards, such as a flooring strip, stackable washers and dryers or high countertops, make living in her home difficult.

Then Jane heard about a different approach to building. It’s called universal design. “Universal design is just that, it is universal. It’s for everyone, and if we take that into consideration at the beginning stages of construction, you don’t have to be spending money to redevelop and redesign,” Jane said.

Instead of remodeling her old condo, Jane decided to remodel a different union in her building using universal design from the ground up.

Tonight on News 3 at 10, Jane gives our Mark Koehn a tour of her new surroundings and shows us how many of these techniques can be utilized in our own homes.

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