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Testimonials for Home Modification

Updated April 27, 2023

Leacey Brown

SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist

Man in a wheelchair cooking in an accessible kitchen with a woman.
Courtesy: Canva

Housing is a topic of great interest across the United States. Affordable housing receives the most attention, with many communities engaged in efforts to increase the availability of affordable housing. There is no doubt that affordable housing needs should be addressed. What is lost in the shuffle is the housing needs of people with mobility limitations. These individuals are often in greatest need of affordable housing.

Many individuals and families are living in homes that do not align with their mobility needs (e.g., accessible bathroom). Recent evidence suggests that 19% of U.S. households include an individual with a mobility-related disability (Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). However alarming these figures may be, they cannot possibly tell the lived experiences of people living in North Dakota and South Dakota. For this reason, the Voices for Home Modification of the Dakota project team invited various people in North Dakota and South Dakota to share their testimonials about mobility limitations and housing.

Many individuals and organizations are aware of the challenges people with mobility limitations face in the home. Their awareness is born of their profession or their personal experience watching a friend or relative struggle due to inaccessible housing. We invite you to read these testimonials to learn how real people in North Dakota and South Dakota are affected by home modification. 

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