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The App links directly to UNSW’s HMinfo Clearinghouse website, which provides the most up-to-date information and research available on home modifications. UNSW research shows more than 15,000 DIY home modifications are undertaken by people with disability and older Australians each year in reach out stay at home NSW alone. “When people complete their own home modifications, they can Featuring up to 14-inch elevation A first-of-its-kind App designed by choose the products they want and and 20-degree forward tilt, the M3 UNSW researchers will give people have control over the process – the and M5 Corpus with ActiveReach with disabilities and older Australians DIYmodify App is designed to assist ensures your world isn’t one- the product information they need to them with this and shows that grab dimensional. modify their homes and stay in them rails and ramps can be installed in a for longer. way that won’t make their home look engineered, and maintains full like a hospital,” UNSW Associate suspension at any elevation, seating Department of Family and Community Professor Catherine Bridge said. position or driving speed, making you Services, will help consumers make feel more secure and reduce driving decisions around purchasing five designed with input from people fatigue, ensuring a more consistent common home modifications including with disability and seniors to ensure driving experience. grab rails and handheld showers. the highest level of accessibility for people with cognitive, vision and The suspension is meticulously The DIY modify App, funded by the The App is free and available Bridge says the App was co- for both iPhone/iPad and Android physical impairment, as well as non- devices. English speakers. products 13