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This section includes doors, windows, flooring, safety products, ramps, rails and stairs, and other building fixtures.

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Design & Building for Access & Safety

The Australian Standards for Housing Design and the development of building products have long recognised the needs of people with a disability. Manufacturers are producing an increasing range of equipment for people with disabilities, the elderly and carers, to make life easier. Standards provide guidelines for designing an accessible environment. For example, they illustrate zones for mounting grab rails and provide a range of preferable bench heights.

The standards, however, do not provide a simple formula that can be used with any person in any home. Individual solutions require thorough consideration of the person’s needs now and in the future. Collaboration between builder and/or architect, occupational therapist, the individual and their carers will lead to a cost effective long term solution to suit all parties.

Do You Need More Help or Advice?

Please call our national ILC Infoline 1300 885 886. You will be connected to your local state/territory ILC for the cost of a local phone call. Northern Territory callers are automatically directed to ILC in South Australia.