Book and Video Show Parents of Disabled Children How to Create a Safe, Supportive Home

    • February 27, 2003

The Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology produced both a book and a video to help parents of children with a physical disability create a supportive home environment.

One goal of the center is to help people with chronic diseases and disabilities remain in their homes and live as independently as possible. Children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, paraplegia and spina bifida are increasingly likely to live at home with their parents for three reasons:

  • Fewer are dying during childhood and adolescence.
  • Institutional care sites are being shut down.
  • The philosophical orientation of the disability community leans toward home-based care. Research has shown that the physical environment within the home plays a vital role in caring for a disabled child.

Key Results

  • The center developed, printed, distributed and marketed a 120-page book, A House for All Children.

  • The center also produced, distributed and marketed a companion video, also entitled A House for All Children.

  • The research team developed a website that describes the project and features excerpts from both the book and video.