In late 2006, a group of advocates, stakeholders, state staff, and City of Columbus officials, came together to discuss the idea of proposing a visitability initiative for the State of Ohio.  Since that first meeting we have worked at ways to implement a statewide visitability regulation for all newly constructed homes.

What is “Visitability”?  Visitability is a growing trend nationwide. The term refers to homes designed in such a way that they can be lived in or visited by people who have trouble with steps or who use wheelchairs or walkers.

A house is visitable when it meets three basic requirements:

  • one zero-step entrance.
  • doors with at least 32 inches of clear passage space.
  • one bathroom on the main floor you can get into in a wheelchair.