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Home Modifications — What can go wrong?
This session explores a proven multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to Home Modification projects for the purposes of supporting individuals living with disabilities and those wanting to age in place. Through the unique lens of each client and their Home Modification Team, participants will learn the importance of maintaining professional boundaries, mitigating legal risks, and avoiding common project pitfalls. High impact, collaborative, and inclusive design considerations as they relate to improving client function, safety and accessibility will be shared and will surely add to any renovator/contractor, architect, designer, occupational therapist or other involved professional’s Home Modification tool box.
Marnie Courage is CEO and Inclusion Specialist at Enabling Access Inc. in Winnipeg. She is an Occupational Therapist with more than 20 years experience in her field. She has completed Universal Design courses through the University of Buffalo and holds an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. Marnie teaches Creating Inclusive Workplaces – Accessibility to Accommodation course at the University of Winnipeg’s Human Resource Program. She sits on the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Home Modifications Task Force and is a member of the Canadian Home Modification Council. Marnie was involved with the course content review for the new Canadian- Certified Aging in Place Specialist (C-CAPS) course and runs a well established Safe Living Manitoba an OT Home Modification Assessment and Consultation service to support people living with disabilities and those wanting to age in place. Marnie is a Certified Life Care Planner, providing medical-legal cost of future care services nation wide. She continues to use innovation and collaboration to help create more inclusive communities and is a dynamic public speaker, presenting at national conferences on topics related to accessibility and inclusion.