Universal Design - Module 2: Aging and Disability - Implications for Home Modifications and Independence


This course is designed for individual consumers and other interested parties with a stake in maintaining independence for people with disabilities and seniors.  The goals for this course include:

  • Increase awareness of universal design concepts
  • Illustrate examples of home modifications
  • Increase awareness of appropriate products and resources

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course will include individual consumers, family members, service providers, case managers and real estate professionals.


The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Course Content

There are six sections in this course:

Section 1: How Are We Changing?
Section 2: The ADA and Building Codes
Section 3: Home Modification Ideas

Section 4: Determining a Strategy for Implementation
Section 5: Additional Resources
Section 6: Funding/Financial Information

There are review questions at the end of section 1 to 4. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is a post-test at the end of the course. 

For a full description of requirements for receiving a Certificate of Completion, please go to the "Certificate of Completion" page.


The following organizations collaborate on the development of this course: Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Living Well Iowa at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, Midwest Accessibility Initiative, the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC), and Institute for Public Health Practice (IPHP) UI College of Public Health.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.