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.