Head of Centre for Enabling Environments and
Assistive Technology (CEEAT)
Senior Lecturer in Occupational
Therapy at Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, York St
Maria has a professional background in housing, enabling
environment and assistive technologies.
She also conducts service evaluation and
workforce development activities for Re-ablement services,
including the KTP project with the City of York Council.
For more about Maria, visit her staff page
Message from the Steering Group
Darren Awang - Chair - genHOME Steering Group
"This is a challenging project with an added
international aspect that has not been attempted before. I
hope the genHOME resources will provide information and clear
directions of travel for a wide variety of groups and individuals
who have an interest in how housing can and should impact
positively on people's health and wellbeing."
Frances Gale - Chair
The COTSS-Housing is very pleased to be supporting the
development of the genHOME project through the award of a research
grant of £25,000 over the next 3 years. The award reflects
our members' recognition of the need for better evidence in the
field of housing design and adaptations and our commitment to
improving housing options for disable people. We are also
delighted that the project has attracted the collaboration of the
UKOTRF and additional funding from Pressalit Care plc.
Steering Group Members
Paraig O’Brien MA. Dip. COT
COTSS-Housing web co-ordinator
“Inclusive, collaborative working involving disabled people,
personnel in health and social care, housing, industry and
government departments is essential to address the challenges
disabled people experience in society.
The Genhome project can significantly strengthen collaborative
working by building an international, cross sector framework of
research evidence to achieve an overview of and co-ordinate
research activity into housing interventions which influence the
health and well being of older and disabled people”
Liz White - UKOTRF COT