A story about the ZeroThreshold Design Competition appeared recently on cleveland.com.

An excerpt from the story by Steven Litt is below:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jayne Reed thinks that living independently with disabilities at any age shouldn’t mean having to live in surroundings that look cold and clinical.

Reed, 47, suffers from autoimmune diseases that have weakened her body, but not her desire to live in a house that’s both functional and beautiful.

“I don’t want people to come into my house if I’m having a party and have it look like a hospital,’’ she said. “I don’t want people to use my bathroom and say, ‘wow I didn’t know it was that bad.’ ”

North Coast Community Homes, a Cleveland nonprofit that operates scores of homes for developmentally disabled people in Northeast Ohio, wants to address the needs – and aspirations – of people like Reed.

The organization is holding an international design competition this year called “ZeroThreshold’’ to encourage architects and landscape architects to pioneer new ways of designing barrier-free environments beautiful enough to appeal to anyone.

“Everyone deserves something that’s attractive and beautiful, especially in the home,” said Jamie Van Doren, chief marketing officer of North Coast Community Homes.

The first phase of the project, funded with $149,800 from the Cleveland Foundation, includes financial prizes plus publication of prizewinning concepts in a book intended to spread awareness.

Read the full story here!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the ZeroThreshold, purchasing tickets for the exhibit or awards celebration, or becoming a sponsor, please visit us online at ZeroThreshold.org or contact Shannon Hill at 216-365-2619 or shill@ncch.org.