Designing Autonomy at Home. The ADA Project. An Interdisciplinary Strategy for Adaptation of the Homes of Disabled Persons. Housing adaptations are one of the main tools for improving quality of life for people with severe disabilities and for their caregivers. They are also the main tool of the ADA Project, an action research that developed a strategy to tailor adaptations to the specific user needs and profiles. After an introduction to disability, accessibility and housing adaptations, the book describes the ADA Project's goals, stages and tools. It then focuses on the main scientific outcome of the Project: the ADA Assessment Model (AdAM), an interdisciplinary tool that analyses and assesses the functional and social profile of disabled persons and their relationship with the physical environment in which they live. Antonio Laurìa, architect, is a full professor at the University of Florence's Architecture Department. He is the founder and scientific coordinator of the Florence Accessibility Lab.
His research focuses on accessibility, the design of urban spaces, and on typological and technological innovation in architecture.Beatrice Benesperi, architect, is an expert in environmental accessibility and works as educator and consultant for private and public institutions.Paolo Costa, sociologist and PhD, teaches at the University of Florence School of Architecture. One of his main research topics is the analysis and evaluation of spaces from the perspective of their inhabitants.Fabio Valli, architect and PhD, focuses his research on accessibility and on materials and technology for architecture. He also works as a freelance architect. [Publisher's text]