For people who are physically able and neurotypical, the bar is relatively low. As long as a place is clean, structurally sound, and secure, it’s safe. Food, friends, and fun make a loved one’s home a welcoming environment.
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But for people with disabilities, “safe” and “welcoming” are relative terms, and the environment requires closer scrutiny. For the 61 million Americans who are differently abled, safety is knowing that you can enter a space without the risk of hurting yourself, and feeling welcome is being hosted by a friend who is aware and supportive of your unique needs.