These 7 Products Make the Home More Accessible

When stylish products are also designed with an attention to flexibility, intuition, and a range of abilities, everybody wins.
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HEWI’s System 900 is just one of the German company’s accessible bathroom solutions. With an emphasis on technology and hygienic design, the system was developed to be installed in hospitals, clinics, residences, or hotels. Every detail in HEWI systems are developed with universal design “with no compromises” in mind: from elegant support rails, adjustable mirrors, barrier-free showers, to soap dispensers. Courtesy HEWI


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark legislation that mandated increased access and inclusion within the built environment. While many architects and designers simply stop at “ADA-compliant,” some product manufacturers, such as Motionspot and HEWI, take the ADA’s precepts a few steps further, in terms of both tech and aesthetics. Other brands such as Duravit and Lutron, while not known specifically for ADA-certified offerings, have recently released new products that are geared toward people with a diverse range of abilities.

By incorporating new technologies, these products provide choice and adaptability to different users while limiting physical effort. Design should not discriminate, and these releases demonstrate flexible, intuitive, and equitable solutions for both public and private spaces.

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