Terms and Definitions

Accessibility Features

Property managers can identify features that may be important to some persons with disabilities. This information is not intended to guarantee that any living units in a property are fully accessibility or meet standards as defined by the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards, HUD 504, Ohio Building Code, or other regulations or guidelines. Please contact the property manager for specific information on the accessibility features of any property or any individual living unit.

Site Access

Accessible Parking
Parking marked on a level hard surface
Accessible Van Parking:
Clearly marked disability parking in front of the unit with 5 foot or 8 foot access aisle
Zero Steps Into Building
Zero step entrance from parking space to inside apartment on a minimum 36 inch wide walkway
Bus Stop Accessible
Bus stop accessible for a wheelchair


Level Platform by Door
If ramped, must have 5 foot square platform at door
Latch-side access
Doors—Latch-side access (18 inch pulling toward and 12 inch for pushing)
Doorway at least 32 inches
32 inches wide doorway (minimum)
Lever style door handles
Operable with one hand open or with closed fist


Lower counters in kitchen
Maximum 34 inches high
Accessible Sink
Lower sink in kitchen with 29 inch knee space under it
Refrigerator side-by-side
Separate freezer door on side
Clear floor space in kitchen
40 inches wide, or if U-shaped kitchen must be 60 inches wide
Accessible cooktop controls
Stovetop controls are in front or on side for easy access
Lever handles on faucets
Operable with one hand open or with closed fist


Blocking In Walls
Walls reinforced to secure bars
Grab Bars
Already installed in bathroom
Lower Vanities
No more than 34 inches high
Accessible Sink
Bathroom lavatory is lower and has 29 inches of clear knee space beneath it
Curbless Shower
Stall is "roll in" with no sill
Adequate Floor Space
T-Turn or 60-inch turning circle unobstructed by door
Toilet Seat 17 to 19 Inches
Maximum height, top to floor

Devices and Reach Ranges

Accessible Outlets and Jacks
Minimum 15 inches above floor; Maximum 48 inches above floor
Accessible HVAC
Heating and cooling controls no more than 48 inches above the floo.

Smoke Free Housing

Smoke Free Housing Designation
A Smoke Free designation means that people cannot smoke inside the building or in other areas specified in the policy, such as on balconies and patios. Depending on the structure of the property this may mean certain buildings are smoke free, the whole campus is smoke free, or all buildings are smoke free. A free toolkit and information about adopting smoke free policies in Multifamily Housing is available at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/smokefreetoolkits1.


Interior Doorways Minimum 32"
Doorways inside, minimum 32" clear opening
Hallways minimum 36 inches wide
Hallways inside, minimum 36 inches wide
Elevator or Platform Lift
Elevator or Platform left (For Wheelchair)
Closets Minimum 32" Door and Low Rods
At least 32 inch closet door and lowered rods
Features for the Blind
Braille or other tactile guides
Accessible Floor Surfaces
Accessible floor surface (e.g. low-pile carpet, tile, wood, vinyl)
Features for the Hearing Impaired>
Features for the Hearing Impaired (e.g. flashing lights for doorbell and fire alarm)


"Elderly housing" generally restricts tenancy to older adults—but sometimes also serves non-elderly people with disabilities. To be considered 'elderly' you must be at least 55 years old, and in some cases, at least 62 years old. Age and disability eligibility varies—please contact property manager for more information.

For more detailed information and assistance on elderly rental housing and other supportive living options, please contact your area agency on aging at 1-866-243-5678.