As designers and thru our own personal experiences in being caregivers for family members, partners and friends, we inherently understand the vital role homes and houses play in all our lives and how important it is to remain independent in going about our daily routines.
During our meetings, it soon became obvious that we needed to share what we knew and what we learned. We wanted to help others remain independent despite circumstances that can occur and change lives forever. We wanted to educate others about the importance of making certain decisions to the design of a home ahead of time and decisions that would extend the ability to live independently in a home of one's choosing for an extended period of time.
We wanted to inform colleagues about how they might help clients and customers to "stay in place" by sharing resources and information on the subject. And we wanted to become advocates for policies that would make our cities and towns better places to "stay in place."
From those discussions over a period of months, we created a concept to establish a platform that would help us expand this conversation with many people and businesses and provide the knowledge, education and resources that helps sustain the quality of life.
And now, we are proud to announce the creation of the Design Alliance for Accessible Sustainable Environments ( DAASE ), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, registered in the State of California, an organization of compassionate people and businesses to educate, inform and advocate for the design of environments that support everyone's independence.