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Residential design for persons with neurological disability

Amsterdam, November 18, 2009 IOS Press announces the November 2009 publication of a special issue of NeuroRehabilitation: An International Journal devoted to residential design for persons with neurodisability. While there is clearly agreement that the nature of the long-term living environment can improve quality of life and minimize safety risks for individuals who are cognitively, behaviorally and/or physically challenged due to neurodisability, residential design factors are often either ignored or minimally considered. This unique issue calls attention to the important topic of community-based residential designs for persons with neurodisabilities by presenting a compendium of cutting edge design perspectives, insights and practical information not available elsewhere.

Guest Editor Nathan Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FACRM, CBIST, who is CEO and Medical Director of Tree of Life Services, Inc and Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd., Richmond, VA, has assembled a diverse group of contributors including some of the top experts in residential design for persons with disabilities.

Dr. Zasler comments, "I took on this special issue of the journal because I felt it was a very important topic of post acute management of persons with neurodisability regardless of the underlying cause. The field of design for persons with disability-related challenges was important to me professionally because of the lack of adequate resources dealing with architectural design issues. Hopefully, this issue of NeuroRehabilitation will serve as a commonly referenced source for architects involved in building design for persons with these types of challenges."

The issue focuses on how design planning should reinforce the need to view individuals holistically, as well as functionally, and try as much as possible to individualize design modifications to optimize both home and community reentry.

Dr. Margaret Caukins of Innovative Designs and Environments for an Aging Society provides an insightful review of the evidence-based literature on long-term care design. Dr. Sharon Joines from the North Carolina State University, College of Design, has written an overview dealing with the concept of universal design and its application to residential design for persons with neurological disability. Professors Victor Regneir and Alexis Denton from the Architectural and Gerontology Department of the University of Southern California contribute an article on new and emerging building trends that focuses on European models of design. The topic of lighting design is explored by Elizabeth Brawley of Design Concepts Unlimited, Sausalito, CA.

Dr. Sherril York from the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University shares her architectural views on outdoor design relative to accessibility related issues. Dr. Tony Gentry, OTR/L has contributed an article dealing with "smart homes" which provides a state-of-the-art look at some of the technology currently available to facilitate independence in community based residential settings. Lastly, Laura Kiser, OTR/L and Dr. Zasler provide an overview of practical residential design recommendations for persons with acquired brain injury (ABI). The issue also includes a listing of extensive web-based resources that provide further information to facilitate design decisions and their implementation.

"This special thematic issue of NeuroRehabilitation on residential design serves as a 'one-stop' resource for individuals interested in serving the housing needs of persons with neurodisability and/or for those making modifications to their own home" stated Dr. Zasler. Because of the importance of this issue, IOS Press has made its content available at no cost at:


Contact: Saskia van Wijngaarden
IOS Press

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