UNIVERSAL DESIGN MEANS EASY LIVING FOR EVERYONE

Guests:  Jane Earl and Tony Earl

No one knows better than Jane Earl how important it is to create an environment that makes it easy for everyone to live in, regardless of age, size or ability. Jane has muscular dystrophy and uses a scooter to maneuver herself through rooms and spaces. She and her husband, former Wisconsin Governor Tony Earl, want to stay in their own home, to age in place, like so many of us do. Already a Certified International Color Consultant, Jane expanded her environmental expertise to include how spaces can be designed to be convenient, flexible and exude great style – not just for her and her husband but for all living environments as we move forward.

On this program, Jane asks us to ponder such questions as, “Have you ever returned home from grocery shopping with both hands full and unable to open the front door? Have you ever struggled to reach something in the back of the top shelf in your kitchen cupboard? Have you searched to find a convenient place to plug in your device charger? Do you have difficulty getting into your bathtub or shower? Do you have trouble hanging up or reaching your clothes hung in your closet?” These are barriers to “aging in place,” and Universal Design offers the solutions.

Tune in as Jane Earl and her husband describe how they have designed their own living environment to be “universal,” and how Jane is working with architects and builders to incorporate the guidelines of Universal Design into projects currently on the drawing board.

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