Breakthroughs with Martin Sheen Introduces Audiences to Universal Design in the American Home

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In a report airing this spring on Insights PTV's Breakthroughs, audiences will see how more new home construction includes the elements of universal design.

Breakthroughs host Martin Sheen

Universal design is becoming a more prominent element in the minds of home designers as they work to make the home accessible to more people.

The producers of Breakthroughs with Martin Sheen are pleased to announce a new report highlighting efforts to make the American home more accessible to people with disabilities.

Breakthroughs Martin Sheen PBS is an independently produced television series airing in markets around the country on public television. The program is hosted by the legendary Martin Sheen, who is about to embark on his second half-century in American entertainment in 2013. Mr. Sheen has developed a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most respected actors during a career that includes more than 60 film appearances.

Breakthroughs Martin Sheen reviews important news about how industries are responding to new demands in the marketplace. In the marketplace for new homes in the US, there is a growing demand for floor plans that incorporate the tenets of universal design, which enhances accessibility for those in mobility devices like wheelchairs or scooters. The producers of Breakthroughs are talking to experts in home design and advocates for the disabled about how these home designs are becoming more popular.

Stairless homes, easy to operate door and cabinet handles and more reachable home controls like thermostats are all elements of universal design. In a new report for public television audiences, elements of universal design will be explained and shown in practical use in a number of residential settings.

The producers of Breakthroughs Martin Sheen are targeting March distribution date for the new report. Check local listings for air times on public television and PBS affiliates in individual markets. For more information the producers can be contacted via the official website for the show at

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