Persons with Physical Disabilities

These are persons who have physical impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities, have a record of such impairment, or are regarded as having such impairment.

The Uniform Building Code requires that two percent of the units in a project be designed to be “accessible” to people with physical disabilities.

If the project’s funding includes Federal funds,the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act) require that a minimum of five percent of the units be designed to be “accessible” by the physically disabled.

The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1991 requires that 100 percent of the ground floor units in multifamily housing projects constructed after 1991 be “adaptable” for the physically disabled. In addition, the entry to each unit and all common areas in the project must be “accessible”to the physically handicapped.

Please consult an architect for the full meaning of “adaptable” and “accessible” as used in these statutes. Households with physically disabled members should consult with the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living at its offices in Phoenix for information and referral services, including housing referrals:

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
1229 East Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 256-2245
(800) 280-2245 (V/TDD) (602) 254-6407 (Fax)