Cartoon reprinted from Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, by John Callahan

Cartoon reprinted from Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, by John Callahan

The cornerstone of the American dream is owning a home, but for wheelchair users–who often can’t even get in the front door–searching for the dream can become a nightmare. Whether you rent or buy, the current stock of detached, single-family homes has little to offer in accessibility.

The Americans with Disabilities Act has nothing to say about single-family housing, nor do any building regulations. The perennial construction standard remains two or more steps at the front entrance and small bathrooms with narrow doors.

Recent advocacy has focused on “visitability,” which involves one level entrance, wider doors, and a usable bathroom on the main floor. Austin, Texas, and Atlanta have each enacted visitability o