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Accessible Housing Matters

Mar 28, 2022

Welcome to Accessible Housing Matters!


In today’s episode, I welcome Rosemarie Rossetti


Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally recognized expert on accessible and universal design. She speaks to and consults with design and building professionals who want to design homes and workplaces that are more accessible, safe, and inclusive. She is the President of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. which she founded in 1997.  Rossetti and her husband designed, built, and live in the Universal Design Living Laboratory, the national demonstration home, and garden. This is the highest-rated universal design home in North America earning three national certifications. 


Rossetti is the author of the Universal Design Toolkit. As a foremost expert on universal and accessible design, she shares her knowledge and experience through her book, feature articles in national publications, in-person presentations, webinars, radio/TV interviews, and podcasts.

Rossetti is an inspiring entrepreneur who is rethinking design and building by spearheading discussions and experiments around re-imagined living and working spaces. 


Listen to find out more about:


[00:01 - 04:21] Opening Segment

  • I welcome Rosemarie Rossetti to the Show
    • Bio
  • The Universal Design Living Laboratory
    • How Rosemarie made this bigger than her own home


[04:22 - 13:16] What Makes a Home Accessible

  • Making the Universal Design Living Laboratory a national demostration home
  • Home accessibility and visibility
  • 32 Months of Construction: The 10-Year Journey of Rosemarie’s Dream home
  • Rosemarie’s Grand Development


[13:17 - 25:04] Dream Home turned National Demonstration Site

  • A National Demostration Site
  • Rosemarie gives us a quick tour of their house
  • Moving in the house after over 2 years of construction
  • Bringing impact to the disability and development communities, and more
  • Lesson and Changes from Rosemarie


 [25:05 - 30:18] Closing Segment

You can connect with Rosemarie through, Universal Design Living Laboratory, Rosemarie’s TEDex Talk, and Rosemarie’s website.


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“You do need that team to develop your accessible housing. You can't do it independently.” - Rosemarie Rossetti