CAPS Contractor Makes Accessibility Accessible
Atlanta contractor Jim Karl, CAPS isn’t just interested in accessibility — he’s interested in making accessibility accessible.
Karl created the Accessibility Services Plaza in Marietta, Ga., a 30,000-square-foot retail center with four stores — including his own business, All In One Accessibility — that cater solely to disabled individuals and their families.
The center provides one-stop shopping for products and services for people with accessibility needs:
Incorporating Universal Design
All In One Accessibility provides home evaluations to determine what new accessibility features might be needed by home owners. The fully functional showroom gives clients ideas about their own home’s potential and visually demonstrates the ease and necessity of universal design elements.
All in One Accessibility’s easy-to-use modifications include overhead lifting and transfer moving systems, ramping systems, roll-in showers and walk-in tubs, among others. The modifications are designed and created so disabled individuals and their families can use them easily.
“We have a lift that is about the size of a large bagel toaster and weighs only about 18 pounds,” Karl said. “With this overhead transfer system, a 12-year-old could move a 200-pound person by touching a button without risking a fall or back injury.”
Karl and his team stay constantly updated on the latest design developments and their client base has grown to include people of all ages.
“There have been incredible advances in accessibility products,” said Karl. “In the past, most of our customers were handicapped, but these products will help anyone with accessibility issues and we are seeing more and more seniors come in.”
Karl first became interested in accessibility after a friend’s child was born severely handicapped. He helped the family by making adjustments to their home that accommodated the child’s disability. Before Karl knew it, he was a specialist.