A home owned by Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband Mark Leder, showcases all the latest features that a house must have for the disabled. Their 3,500 square foot home outside Ghana will not only be an ideal home for them, but will also serve as “Universal Design Living Laboratory”. Universal Design is that framework for living that benefits the widest range of people in varying range of situations, without having the need for a separate or special design. This house was developed when Rosemary was paralyzed from waist down. After a lot of struggle in looking a house, husband-wife along with architect Patrick Manley developed a single story plan, integrating more than 20 universal design feature combined with other environment friendly features, completely transforming the house.
These features were like having an elevator to the basement, extra-wide hallways, heated sidewalks, heated patios, lever handles on doors and faucets, casement windows, hand-held showers and front loading washers and dryers. It was on the advice of a networking group that they sought sponsors and made the house open for public. The money collected from the public tours will be used for spinal cord injury research at Ohio University.