Accessible Dreams' PhilosophyEven today, builders continue to build with the same decades-old standards. That’s thousands of new homes with the same inaccessible entrances, hallways, and interior doors.
It is our belief that 10% of every new community should be built using Universal Design standards. We’ve found that the demand for accessible housing crosses all demographics, including working persons with disabilities, persons on social security, veterans, seniors, and families with children or parents with disabilities.
For the past seven years, we have provided a range of real estate and housing development services targeted specifically to the needs of people with mobility and other disabilities.
By serving as a nonprofit developer of accessible homes, to date Accessible Dreams has assisted more than 150 individuals and families living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties of western Pennsylvania to remain in their communities by making the places they live more accessible.
With this in mind, Accessible Dreams sees real opportunities to move beyond housing development services, re-framing its business model to lead a Center for Independent Living (CIL): a consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential agency that is designed and operated within western Pennsylvania by individuals with disabilities, which provides an array of independent living services.