17 Jun 2021

Are we failing to future-proof houses for the disabled?

From Nine To Noon, 9:25 am on 17 June 2021

There are growing calls for the Building Act to require all new housing to be easily adaptable for people with disabilities and for our aging population.

A recent study found that one in six New Zealanders need modifications to their home, and yet the key features of accessibility; level pathways and entrances, an easily accessible bathroom, and wide doorways, are only found in five percent of new homes.

Australia has recently committed to incorporating universal design standards into their Building Code from the end of next year, meaning by 2050, half of their housing stock will be accessible.

Prudence Walker, the chief executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly, and Paula Tesoriero, the Disability Rights Commissioner speak with Kathryn. 

close-up of hand and wheelchair

Photo: 123rf

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