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Dec 8, 2021

An accident can change everything. The fall of a 7,000 lbs. tree, while riding her bicycle on her wedding anniversary, left Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. paralyzed from the waist down. Coming home from the hospital in a wheelchair was a rude awakening. Rosemarie knows firsthand how our homes can either offer frustration or ease and independence. This led to her life’s work and personal mission of educating those in the housing industry, government policymakers, and the public about universal design, green building expertise, and aging in place. The goal is to provide accessibility for those who wish to stay in their home for as long as possible to support those family caregiving needs. Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti's work is inspiring as she challenges us to rethink design and accessibility. Thank you, Rosemarie, for having important discussions around re-imagined living and workspaces.


Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti shares about:
*How her accident and return to home shaped her life's work
*What is universal design?
*Why this generation of boomers are making the choice to age differently than their parents
*The benefits, features and financial advantages around universal design
*What can people do to make their homes safer and more accessible?
*What features does a sustainable home provide?
*Rightsizing vs. downsizing
*What are some of the challenges facing the housing industry, government policymakers, and the public at large to address and meet the needs of housing for an exponentially growing aging population?
*All about the Universal Design Toolkit


Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally known speaker, trainer, author, consultant, and president of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. since January 1997. Her company is
certified as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise. 

She is the author of the book the Universal Design Toolkit, Time-saving ideas, resources, solutions, and guidance for making homes accessible.

The Universal Design Living Laboratory is included in the second edition of the Universal Design Handbook.

To Learn More About Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti:

To Learn More About the Universal Design Living Laboratory and the Universal Design Toolkit:

Her TEDx talk video about the Universal Design Living Laboratory can be viewed at


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