Four Week Visitability Course

Course begins March 15th, 2005 [Registration | Start Course!]

The Center on Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA) at The State University of New York at Buffalo is pleased to offer a new online course on visitability, a sustainable and affordable approach to inclusive home design. Developed in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification located at the University of Southern California, the four week course will be offered in spring 2005. A tentative start date has been set for Tuesday, March 15, 2005.

The course covers information related to the history of visitability, its fundamental principles, as well as existing visitability programs and proposed initiatives. It combines readings with weekly assignments, cyberclass discussions with fellow students and the professor, a final quiz and a final paper.

The course is being offered at a special introductory rate of $75.00 and will be limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded 10 continuing education credits. If you are one of the first 20 people to register, you will receive an email notifying you of where to send your check for $75. If you were blocked out of this session, please look for future postings on additional offerings of this visitability course.

Internet-based. Instructors: Jordana Maisel M.U.P. $75 application fee.

Home Modification: The Basics and Beyond

Course begins 8/17/04 - 9/14/O4 [Registration | Start Course!]

Course Syllabus: The Basics and Beyond


This course covers what home modifications are and why they are important. It will discuss the important aspects of universal design and assistive devices in maintaining independence. Students will become familiar with home assessment instruments and safety checklists. Students will learn important communication skills for making suggestions and recommendations for home modifications. Students will learn about common home modifications. Internet-based. Instructors: Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.; Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L. $75 application fee.

Home Modification: Funding Resources and Financing Mechanism

Start Date: 9/21/04 - 10/19/04 [Registration | Start Course!]

Course Syllabus: Funding Resources and Financing Mechanisms

This course covers how to fund home modifications and how to tap into community resources. It will discuss finding resources within individual communities as well as at state and federal levels. It will also discuss what opportunities are available in the private sector. Internet-based. Instructor: Richard Duncan, MRP. $75 application fee.

Home Modification: How to Get It Done

Start Date: 10/26/04 - 11/23/04 [Registration | Start Course!]

Course Syllabus: How to Get It Done

This course will teach students how to identify a qualified contractor, how to negotiate for contractor services, where to locate products and how to evaluate a project upon completion. Internet-based. Instructor TBA. $75 application fee.

Home Modification: Raising Community Awareness and Coalition Building

Start Date: 1/11/05 - 2/8/05 [Registration | Start Course!]

Course Syllabus: Raising Community Awareness and Coalition Building

This course examines the process of raising community awareness about the need for home modifications. It will teach students how to assess the home modification needs of their community and how to build strong, effective community coalitions. It will teach students how to tap into the national home modification network. Students will gain the skills needed to conduct community outreach events such as exhibits and demonstrations. Internet-based. Instructors: Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.; Dory Sabata OTD, OTR/L; Chris Lee, MSG; Florence Omens, MSG. $75 application fee.

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