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      Size that fits all

      If you could change your house or a building to be more accessible for your needs, what would you do? Well, that's what many are talking about at the Universal Design Conference at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

      The buildings you go into or even your own home might not be as accessible as you may think. At the Universal Design Conference, experts came together to give insight on how to make a building fit everyone's needs.

      Cynthia Leibrock, owner of Easy Access Health , trains people on ways to make their property accessible to anyone.

      "If you really think out design of buildings, design of products. If you think out architecture; what you get to is one product, one building that works for all people," said Leibrock.

      She says it's best to incorporate universal techniques when a structure is being built. Some features include having wide halls, doorways, a gradual incline into the home, and making your bathroom and kitchen adaptable.

      When it comes to making a home safe for older people, keep the space inviting.

      "You don't want to pick products that turn your home into a hospital. That stigmatizes you and advertise age and disability. There's a lot of products out there that won't ruin your home, that will still allow you to physically use it for the rest of your life," Leibrock said.

      These techniques are also encouraged to be included when it comes to outdoor recreation. The Department of Natural Resources continues to make upgrades to existing amenities at state parks.

      "Van Riper State Park, we just completed a new non-motorized path down to their beach and play area. Then, in addition to that, we have rehabilitated a fishing pier on Harlow Lake in Marquette near Little Presque Isle," said Eric Cadeau, DNR.

      If you're interested in learning some tips to apply to your property, the conference continues until October 3.

      Click here for more information.