Moving out of your home and into a brand new one is already a daunting task, but coupled with a disability, it can be even more challenging. Keeping yourself organized and focused is essential for anyone undertaking a big move. But for those who have accessibility concerns, frustrations are bound to happen during the moving process.
There are many skills you can learn, however, to make a more accessible and stress-free environment for you or your loved one with a disability. Your disability doesn’t have to hold you back from accomplishing your moving goals, and these tips will help you do so.
Making your new home accessible
If you or a loved one is disabled, it’s a number one priority to make sure the house you’re moving into is accessible and includes the right assistive technology. Conducting a home assessment is helpful in confirming a house is right for you. These are questions you should be asking when looking at houses to move into:
- Are the doorways wide enough so wheelchairs can go through them?
- Are doors easy enough to open for those with low grip strength?
- Can ramps be installed at this house?
Home organization is helpful for everyone. But for families with disabilities, keeping your home organized is vitally important. To better accommodate your new home for wheelchair users, consider purchasing accessible kitchen and bathroom appliances so daily tasks can be stress-free. Lowering the height of appliances such as ovens and sinks helps those in wheelchairs go about their day easier and without a hassle.
There are many ways to make your home a more accessible environment for someone with a disability, but here are a few tips:
- For those who are hearing-impaired, installing carpet in your new home can help make sounds not echo as much as they would on a hardwood floor.
- Closing doors and attaching tennis balls to chairs can reduce background noise and make it easier for those with hearing loss to understand clearly what’s being said to them.
- For blind and visually impaired individuals, reducing the amount of clutter in your home is helpful for them to be able to navigate safely and efficiently. Using different textures in your home’s rooms can help low-sighted people figure out which room is which easier.
For many families, lots of travel is required during a move. But traveling with a disability can be extremely challenging. If you’re flying to a new destination, a level of planning is required to make sure the airport is wheelchair accessible and your mobility devices won’t become damaged by airline workers. When booking your flight, make sure you have an aisle seat so you can travel comfortably without having to climb over the person next to you.
If you’re travelling to a new city or state, you’ll have to plan ahead to make sure your disability benefits and services are still available. If you use a local disability service, plan ahead to see if this service can be used in your new hometown. Contacting your housing authority or city government can help in determining what disability benefits and services are available to you.
If you have a child with a disability and are moving to a new area, it’s important to find a school that’s right for them and their disability needs. Finding an inclusive classroom for your child can surround them with positivity and support. Whereas a special education classroom separates students with disabilities from others, an inclusive classroom creates a learning environment in which students with disabilities work alongside all kinds of different students, have more opportunities to interact with students, and are given the same access to lesson plans. According to research by Concordia University, there are several benefits to having an inclusive classroom, including “better communication skills, improved social skills and more friendships.”
Find the best moving company
When you’re all packed up and ready to move, you’ll need to find the right moving company with the capability to handle all of your needs. Some moving companies may help you unpack and have experience working with movers with disabilities. If you have movers helping you unpack, make sure present you’re present with them and keep an eye on important belongings so they’re not misplaced.
Checking reviews online can help you find the right moving company for your needs. Make sure they’ve handled customers with disabilities and have a good track record doing so. If you’re willing to spend a little extra cash, you can hire someone to pack for you, which can eliminate the stress and hassle that comes along with it. These individuals are professionally trained to make sure items are packed safely and securely so they won’t break or become lost in the move.
Moving into a new house can be scary, especially for those with disabilities. But having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be a successful mover. By planning ahead and keeping yourself on track, you’ll be settled into your new home in no time!
Frankie Wallace is a freelance blogger who contributes to a variety of blogs online. Wallace is a recent graduate from the University of Montana and resides in Boise, Idaho.