Accessible Homes and Accessible Software


Accessibility Options for the Home

As we age we often need to adapt our homes to make them user-friendly. Residential homes are expensive, and there are no longer any reasons why we should move. A better option would be to adapt your home to suit your changing needs. This lets you stay in the home you love, and worked hard for over the years.

Our homes can be made more accessible, and thanks to modern technology, there are ways of doing so at a reasonable price.

Before you decide to contact a home remodeling or home renovation contractor, identify the areas of your home that are giving you the most problems. Start from the outside and work your way in and around the home. You will be surprised to find obstructions that may not be causing a problem now, but could potentially do so in the future.

Outside Access to Your Home

The first key issue is to make sure your home can be easily accessed from the outside. Even a few small steps may be a problem should you come to rely on a wheelchair or mobility scooter.

If, you are only dealing with a few small steps, a ramp may be the ideal solution. A ramp may mean a permanent structure alternatively there are mobile options available. Some ramps can even be folded away, and you can take them in the car when you go shopping. Mobile ramps offer best solution when one homeowner faces physical challenges.

Rails should always be fitted to any longer or shorter outside stairs. They will be their just in case you need them, and do not look obtrusive. Most rails, or grab rails, are easy to fit and can be fitted in less than an hour.


The vast majority of senior homeowners complain about the stairs in their homes. As a matter of fact, many homeowners sell their homes as they find they cannot longer manage the stairs. Moving home can be a costly process, but there are alternatives which may cost less than moving home.

Stair lifts offer a fantastic alternative to selling your home, and many options are available. Straight stair lifts are only suitable for straight staircases however there are stair lifts available for both curved and spiral staircases. Even outside staircases can be catered for if you have to cope with a lot of steps on the outside of your home.

Elevators used to be the only option, but stair-lifts have come a long way in recent years. They are quiet and smooth running, and with regular maintenance they will continue to work for many years.

You can order stair lifts with a variety of seat options. A perched seat option is available when you find it difficult to bend your knees, and the seat itself can be made to swivel allowing you to get off and on more easily.


Kitchens can become difficult places to make effective use of as you get older. You may find that cabinets are at the wrong height, or you may a problem standing up for a longer period of time.

Kitchen cabinets can be easily lowered to make sure that you can reach them safely. Once you come to sell your home, cabinets can quickly be repositioned if the new homeowners are more able bodied.

Standing up for longer periods of time is often a challenge as we age, and you may want to consider investing in a tall stool or perching chair.


Your bathroom may become difficult or awkward to use. Discuss the options available with a plumber or house remodeling contractor, you will find that there are options such as walk-in showers that can easily be installed.

Stepping over a curb to take a shower can be both difficult and dangerous, however, curb less showers are a good option. A shower chair, or dedicated seat in the shower, will go a long way to make the shower a safer place.

Specialist Contractors

Some home building contractors specialize in making homes more user-friendly for seniors and the physically challenged. Discuss all the options available to meet with your current needs, but at the same time make sure you are thinking ahead.

This type of home remodeling projects are often better trusted to a contractor with previous experience, and don’t hesitate to ask for his credentials or proof of previous jobs.

It is a good idea to work with a local contractor. Working with a local contractor will make it easier for you to resolve any problems, and it is better to have someone close to hand should your stair lift need servicing.

Just as it is important to have an accessible home. Having a accessible operating system is also needed this day and age that we are living in. Sonar GNU/linux is like having an accessible home where it meets all of your needs and has assistive technology and accessible software in mind when it was created.

Sonar 2014.1 is out!

We are proud to announce the latest Sonar GNU/Linux! This has been a long time coming and it is finally here! A big thanks goes out to Kyle Brouhard for getting this release done. He has put a lot of work into this and it shows.

This is the first release of Sonar being based off of Manjaro Linux which is built off Arch linux. The Manjaro team has been really great to work with and has helped greatly with the transition from Ubuntu to Manjaro. Phil miller the project leader of Manjaro has made the move a fantastic experience. phil has also done a lot of work for Sonar and it is greatly appreciated. Without the help from Phil this wouldn’t have gotten off the groud. Sonar would also like to commend Phil and the manjaro team for making sure they could make everything as accessible as possible. We hope that Phil and the Manjaro team will be a great example of concerns with accessibility within the Free sofware community. Everyone should folow their lead and make sure that they play their part in assuring that people can access technology once and for all.┬áThat is the goal of Sonar and Kyle and Phil are making this possible.

With Sonar being based off of Manjaro this will assure that Sonar will always be running the latest assistive technology to give our users the best experience. If you have never tried out Sonar before what are you waiting for? Go to the download page and get your copy now!