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Obedience Classes for Your Dog

UDS Obedience ClassesDid you know United Disabilities Services is now offering expert training classes for your dog?

Want a happy, well-behaved dog? UDS now offers Basic Obedience classes for your favorite canine! Learn proven methods and techniques for building a healthy relationship with your pooch. You’ll work directly with the same trainers who prepare the UDS Service Dogs to help with a myriad of daily tasks. Discover this great new UDS Service Dogs program for the community and help your dog be his best! One-on-one training is also available and all proceeds benefit the UDS Service Dogs program.

You and your dog will learn:

  • How to better communicate
  • Basic obedience instructions – sit, down, come, heel, stay, etc.
  • Socialization with other dogs and people

Call for class schedules and tuition, 717.397.1841.

Location:  1905 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster


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Selecting a Contractor for Home Modifications — Part 3 — Tailoring the Job to Your Needs

UDS Home ModificationsFind a contractor who’s willing to listen and provide a home modification tailored to your specific needs. Home accessibility is a specialized niche within the design and construction fields and while many reputable and skilled contractors are now entering the growing ‘aging in place’ market, they may not understand your physical and functional needs as well as they understand construction. It is vital that you educate them on your needs and play an active role in the design process.

Consider visiting the National Association of Home Builders at nahb.org and searching their CAPS Directory to find a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist in your area who is familiar with performing accessibility design or construction work, as well as being evaluated by an Occupational or Physical Therapist who can provide a report on functional considerations that must be taken into account when creating design solutions, such as an individual’s safest method of transfer. Oftentimes, combining the design and construction expertise of an experienced contractor with the disability-specific knowledge of a trusted medical professional can yield better individualized solutions.

And, don’t forget to reach out to the Accessibility Specialists at UDS Accessible Home Modifications for expert tips and guidance! UDS has been working directly with people with disabilities to support their independence since 1965 and we are happy to put our experience to work for you, from initial product selection though construction troubleshooting. Just contact us at 888-428-0240 or estore@udservices.org to let us know how we can best serve you.

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Selecting a Contractor for Home Modifications

Selecting a Contractor Part 1Looking for a professional to perform your accessibility modification? If you’re like many people, your home is your greatest asset and it’s important to have confidence in who you hire to perform work in it. Consider these points when selecting a contractor:

Ask around.  Instead of going straight to the Yellow Pages, check with your friends, neighbors and family members for their recommendations. Or, head online to read reviews of licensed contractors and find out who has a positive reputation in your community. Use these contractors as a starting point and ask them to provide several references for you to contact. Ideally, these references should be individuals who have had work done by the contractor that is similar in scope to your future project.

Are they licensed, bonded and insured?  Licensing regulations and requirements for contractors vary by state or locale, so research the laws in your area. Ask prospective contractors for their license numbers, then contact the agency overseeing licensing in your locale to verify their licenses are current and learn if complaints have been filed against them or they are facing any disciplinary action.  Depending upon where you live, there may be a toll-free number or online database available to assist with this step.

 Some states also require contractors to be “bonded,” meaning the contractor must purchase a surety bond to protect customers in the event the contractor does not meet financial obligations associated with a project, like paying subcontractors the amount they are due for their work or securing permits, or if they simply fail to complete the project properly.  To protect yourself, learn the requirements where you live and make sure your contractor meets them.  Additionally, request documentation on your contractor’s Workman’s Compensation and General Liability insurance and verify the policies are current.

Visit our eStore to shop the products available for home modifications.

Next time:  Part 2 – Seeking competitive bids…

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Why An Accessible Bathroom, Part II

At UDS, there are a wide variety of products to help you with making your bathroom customizable. If your bathroom modification is as simple as the strategic placement of grab bars, UDS can help you find the perfect match.  UDS offers the standard wall mounted grab bars and swing up grab bars for your home modifications. Additionally, UDS offers shower modifications for your bathroom. Both barrier free showers and walk-in showers offer customers with the complete home modification necessary to create a safe living space. Finally, UDS supplies shower seats for use in your barrier free and walk-in showers. These seats come in a variety of wall mounted styles, ranging from the standard series to premium series shower seats.Accessible Bathrooms Part II

The possibilities are endless for your next bathroom modification. It’s important to remember that you do not have to forgo style and comfort when modifying your bathroom. UDS provides superior customer service, including free equipment needs assessment, education and assistance for you and your physicians and therapists, help with insurance issues, as well as information about financial assistance. Visit our eStore today to learn more about in-home modification options!

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Why An Accessible Bathroom? Part 1

Why An Accessible BathroomNo matter the disability, the bathroom can be seen as one of the most challenging rooms to maneuver in the home. Having independence in the bathroom can be very challenging when considering accessibility and safety. While it can prove to be difficult, achieving safety and independence with bathroom modifications is not only possible, it is also customizable, attractive, and safe!

Modifying a bathroom can be seen as a very personal project. When modifying a bathroom, it’s imperative that the alterations meet the needs of the physical limitations that people are living with. These alterations lead to a customized bathroom space, and each person living with a disability has a different set of needs and preferences.

An accessible bathroom does not have to mean stark and institutional. It can be as beautiful and luxurious as you can imagine it to be. UDS provides beautiful tile, stylish sinks, and modern fixtures that help accommodate accessibility, independence, and safety.

Finally, a truly accessible modification to your bathroom is ultimately focused on safety. This space must be safe for you, ranging from something as simple as strategically placing a grab bar for balance, to something as complete as a full bathroom remodel.

Visit the UDS eStore today to learn more about in-home modification options!

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Smart Business: Hiring People With Disabilities

Hiring People With Disabilities 4 22 13All too frequently, individuals with disabilities are overlooked when applying for jobs. At UDS, we are driven to help those with disabilities find jobs through our employment services program. UDS Employment Services is designed to meet the needs of local employers and individuals with disabilities. Our counselors work one-on-one with individuals through all of phases of the employment process, from job assessment all the way to job maintenance. UDS Employment Services helps not only those looking for full-time positions, but those considering part-time, seasonal, temporary, and internship positions. To learn more about UDS Employment Services, take a look at the video.

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Do You Know About Our Construction Services?

Contemporary Bathroom with Handicapped Access

Contemporary Bathroom with Handicapped Access

UDS can help you with home modification products and equipment installation in the South Central PA region. Our process for construction services combines our technical knowledge and disability-specific expertise.

Individual needs assessment
Working together with you, we determine which livability needs can be met through home modifications, assistive technology and low-cost standardized solutions.  Our accessibility counselors each have over 20 years’ direct experience with persons with disabilities, as well as extensive design expertise.  Put their experience to work for you.

Home evaluation
We inspect your home to identify possible zoning, code, condition and structural issues that will affect the design/installation process. We believe there should be no surprises.

Modification feasibility assessment
We assess the appropriateness of specific products and modifications, including your ability to safely utilize the products, cost estimates and the effect on your home’s resale value. Our goal is to maximize home accessibility, safety and independence, all while staying on budget.

This is where our experience in accessibility and construction assures the desired results.  We supervise the entire construction/installation process, from start to finish.  Our trade specialists are fully licensed, insured and experienced in installing all of the specialized equipment available on our e-store.

If you are interested in discussing your Home Modification project with us, please contact us.

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