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Apartment Accommodations

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One of the most pressing issues a person with a disability encounters when considering employment options is not only the ability to get to the job, but all that is involved in preparing to exit the home to begin the work day. Data from the Disability Followback Survey administered between 1994 and 1997 (National Center for Health Statistics, 1999), indicated that 14 million Americans with disabilities lived in homes modified to meet their specific needs. Among these, over 1.5 million persons reported needing further home modifications to already existing structures. One million persons with disabilities who did not have any home modifications indicated that they needed such accommodations. Considerations regarding renting or owning will typically play a significant role on the extent of structural changes to the home environment that an individual or funding source approves. Home ownership allows for creative uses of assistive technology that is built into the surroundings and is designed for functionality as well as aesthetics. However, this should not limit the possibilities that individuals with disabilities should explore if they choose to rent and are restricted by their choices in accessible rental units.
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2003-08
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