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Hints and tips for disability etiquette

Remploy  Disability awareness: Hints and tips for disability etiquette Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful   In their words: “Around 19 per cent* of the population have a disability or health condition. Many of these will be unseen, such as epilepsy

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Housing our ageing population – case studies

Housing LIN. Local Government Association Housing our Ageing Population – Learning from councils meeting the housing need of our ageing population Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential In their words: “The case studies in this report demonstrate how Birmingham City Council,

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What have the Planners ever done for us?

Danial Scharff, Housing LIN Senior momentum: What have the Planners ever done for us? Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful In their words: “…some of the ways in which themes being discussed and implemented through the planning system could hinder or

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Inequality in the cycle lane

Anne Lusk, CityLab Publication date: February 2019 Ranking: useful: You Can’t Design Bike-Friendly Cities Without Considering Race and Class So what’s the issue? Research by the Harvard T H Chan School of Health with specially formed Boston focus groups identified:

Posted in Consultation, Highways, Urban Design

Are Planners ignoring older people?

Andrew Ross, Housing LIN How can local planning authorities engage better with the housing needs of an ageing society? Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This paper for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) sets out how

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What’s a veg peeler and a ramp got in common?

Fast Company Oxo Cookware Company The untold story of the vegetable peeler that changed the world Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Inclusive design. Read on. “One of the most important moments in the history of industrial design occurred in 1990,

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How to make your service welcoming for disabled people

Business disability forum  Welcoming disabled customers Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful In their words: “The spending power of disabled people in the UK is around £249 billion per year and set to increase as the number of people living with

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Service Provision

Age friendly housing – a list of further reading

Housing LIN and Levitt Bernstein Authors: Julia Park and Jeremy Porteus Age friendly housing – a list of further reading (2nd Edition). Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful In their words: “To accompany RIBA’s publication, the Housing LIN and Levitt Bernstein

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USA intergenerational housing project lessons for UK

Dr Emma Garland  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Learning from Intergenerational Housing Projects in the USA In her words: “The key findings are that: • Intergenerational housing works particularly well as a model for supported housing; • It fosters the

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Disabled Facilities Grant review 2018

University of the West of England (UWE) Authors: Sheila Mackintosh, Paul Smith, Helen Garrett, Maggie Davidson, Gareth Morgan, and Rachel Russell Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and other adaptations External REview: Main Report Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential In their words:

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Impact assessment of costs of Housing Standards

E C Harris Built Asset Consultancy Part of Arcadis company Housing Standards Review: costs impact Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential Report describes government’s view of cost implications of implementing the 2015 revised national housing standards. To obtain a copy in

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Dementia and housing resources

Housing LIN In Focus – Innovations in Housing and Dementia Publication date: various Ranking: essential In their words: “The number of people living with dementia is set to grow. These dedicated pages have been specially created to put the spotlight on

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Can children really see cars coming when they cross the road?

Royal Holloway, London.  In Psychological Science, Vol. 22, No. 4, 04.2011, p. 429-434. Authors: John P. Wann, Damian R. Poulter, and Catherine Purcell Reduced Sensitivity to Visual Looming Inflates the Risk Posed by Speeding Vehicles When Children Try to Cross the Road Publication date:

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Shared Space Delineators – are they detectable?

Transport for London and Accessibility Research Group, University College London. Authors: Childs CR, Fujiyama T, Boampong, DK, Holloway C, Rostron H, Morgan K, Tyler N Shared Space Delineators – are they detectable? Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In the context of

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Event planning guide

Equality and Human Rights Commission Engaging with disabled people – an event planning guide Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential Event planning checklists of things to consider when planning an engagement event involving disabled people. These cover: arranging the event finding a

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Who is your designer?

Design Council  Authors: Sally Benton, Stephen Miller, Sophie Reid. The Design Economy 2018 Published: 2018 Ranking: useful We wanted to highlight here a short section from the Design Council’s report, “The Design Economy 2018″ subtitled,  “the state of design in

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Cashiers do Blue Peter!

North Somerset Council Case study 9: Accessible cashiers desks Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful To meet the needs of both staff and customers, cashiers at Sheffield City Council helped design the cashiers desks for the then brand new Howden House

Posted in Disability, Service Provision

Feedback – how to fix the Bronx bus service

John Suico, CityLab How to fix the Bronx bus service? Ask the commuters Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Using the context of the Bronx bus service the article highlights the value of consultation and involvement of customers or  citizens. It

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Health benefits of Play Streets

D’Haese, S., et al 2015. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Organizing “Play Streets” can increase physical activity during school vacations Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The study highlighted how creating Play Streets significantly increases children’s moderate to vigorous intensity

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Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Government response to the Second Report of Session 2017-19 of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential The Government response acknowledges the Select Committee’s recognition that

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Age friendly housing design

Jeremy Porteus and Julia Park Housing LIN Age-friendly Housing: Future design for older people Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful In their words: “This book embeds the principles of how we should approach the design of future housing for an ageing population, reminding us that

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Why older people really move

PHASE@Manchester School of Architecture RIGHTSIZING: Reframing the housing offer for older people Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful “Despite common assumptions that most people want to downsize or enter specialist accommodation as they age, this report reveals that when it comes to choosing

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How to design unequally

ProPublica Original article by Lena Groeger Discrimination by Design Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Sub-titled “the many way design decisions treat people unequally,” this article highlights some examples in social media and environmental design in America. The article picks out

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Living with dementia and accessing green spaces

Natural England: P. Clark; N. Mapes and S. Preston. Greening dementia Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful This is a literature review of the benefits and barriers facing individuals living with dementia in accessing the natural environment and local greenspace. It also

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Posted in Disability, Landscaping

Sydney’s tactile sign

City of Sydney from article in GovNews Tactile street signs for City of Sydney Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful The City of Sydney have introduced tactile signs to lamp columns and pedestrian crossing points at street corners which use both

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Kerb, what kerb?

Accessibility Research Group, University College London. Effective Kerb Heights for Blind and Partially Sighted People Publication date: 2009 Ranking: essential Commissioned by The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs), this research report looks at the effect of removing kerb heights in

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Shared space – DPTAC summary

Disabled Person’s Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) DPTAC position on shared space Publication date: June 2018 Ranking: essential This page on the Government’s website provides a summary of key reports and sets out DPTAC’s position. It provides some general observations and

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Homes of people with sight loss

Thomas Pocklington Trust Daylighting and windows in homes of people with sight loss Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful In their words: “This report presents findings from a …review of research on daylighting and windows in the homes of people with sight loss,

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How good is older people’s housing?

University of Sheffield, with PSSRU, University of Kent. EVOLVE Tool – Evaluation of Older People’s Living Environments Publication date: 2011 Ranking: useful In their words: “Evolve is a tool for evaluating the design of housing for older people. It is

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Scared spaces

Guide Dogs  – Rachel Kitchen Scared Spaces Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful This report of a survey into shared space in the UK looked at the experiences of all road users comparing their views on shared space versus traditional streets.

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Building for Everyone

National Disability Authority Building for Everyone – a universal design approach Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful In their words: “… provides comprehensive best practice guidance on how to design, build and manage buildings and spaces so that they can be readily

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

Case study 8: DWELL Co-design process

DWELL  – designing for well-being in environments for later life DWELL Co-design process Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential This part of the DWELL project website summarises the participatory co-design research methods with local residents from neighbourhoods in Sheffield over the

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Fire safety in schools

Department for Education, (DfE) Building Bulletin 100: Design for fire safety in schools Publication date: 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This guide provides fire safety design guidance for schools in England and Wales. The guidance applies to nursery schools, primary and

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It’s a co-housing life!

Melissa Fernandez (Lancaster University), Kath Scanlon (London School of Economics) and Karen West (Aston University) for Housing LIN Viewpoint 89 Well-being and age in co-housing life: Thinking with and beyond design Publication date: January 2018 Ranking: useful In their words:

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Housing disabled people

Equality and Human Rights Commission Housing disabled people – Britain’s hidden crisis Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential   In their words: “In December 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) launched a formal inquiry on housing for disabled people.

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Accessible housing in North Somerset

North Somerset Council Accessible and adaptable housing in North Somerset. Publication date: April 2018 Ranking: essential North Somerset Council adopted a planning policy in 2016 requiring accessible and adaptable housing to be provided as a part of all new housing

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Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence 1

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) Report In their words the report: “The Inquiry report makes a number of ‘rural proofing’ recommendations

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Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence 2

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People  Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) InfoGraphic This infographic illustrates the key findings from the report. In their words the report: “The

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Designing with downsizers

University of Sheffield. DWELL –  Designing for well-being in environments for later life. Authors: Adam Park, Friederike Ziegler and Sarah Wigglesworth. Designing with downsizers Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful In their words: “Downsizing – rather like much else to do

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The Awkward interview – Alex Brooker

BBC Television Publication date: 4th August 2015 Ranking: useful The “End the Awkward” campaign looks at the way able people interact with disabled people and the issues that a lack of awareness creates.   To obtain a copy in an

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DIY access guide to music venues

Attitude is Everything Attitude is Everything’s DIY access guide Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful A guide for bands, artists and promoters on how to gigs and tours more accessible for Deaf and disabled people. The guide includes a quick checklist

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Designing for well-being in later life

DWELL research project, University of Sheffield DWELL (Designing for Well-being in Environments for Later Life) project Publication date: Ranking: useful DWELL was a multi-disciplinary design research project at the University of Sheffield. EPSRC-funded , the three year project investigated how the design

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Dementia villages

The Guardian Publication date: March 2018. Ranking: useful Shops, cafes and round the clock care: life in a “dementia village” This project aims to construct a self contained community for people living with dementia in Kent. Modelled on a concept

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Do housing adaptations improve later life?

Centre for Ageing Better, University of the West of England, Bristol and Building Research Establishment Publication date: November 2017 Ranking: useful The role of home adaptations in improving later life In their words: “The review aims to provide evidence to make

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Housing our ageing population

Local Government Association (LGA) Housing our ageing population – learning from councils meeting the housing need of our aging population Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful The report contains a number of case studies which highlight four key themes: Having a

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Posted in Housing, Planning, Project Management, Service Provision

Healthy placemaking

Design Council and Social Change UK Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Healthy Placemaking In their words: “(The)  Healthy Placemaking report explores the attitudes and behaviours of built environment practitioners towards healthy placemaking. The report makes a valuable contribution to the evidence base,

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Planning

Planning and healthy developments

Michael Chang, Town and Country Planning Association Securing constructive collaboration and consensus for planning healthy developments Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful The report describes ten workshops comprising local authority planning and public health teams, housing developers and stakeholders. The built environment

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Are we nearly there yet?

Sustrans Are we nearly there yet? Exploring gender and active travel Publication date: February, 2018 Ranking: useful The paper’s authors highlight how in their words “designing our cities to be more inclusive has stalled”. The paper describes how despite some progress, women continue

Posted in Gender

Quick links – alternative formats

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2012 – 2017 Ranking: useful A useful summary of guidance on a variety of format and language issues to make information accessible for everyone. To obtain a copy in an alternative language or format please

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NHS Estates design guidance

NHS NHS Estates design guidance Publication date: 2016 Ranking: essential Health building notes give best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and on the adaptation or extension of existing facilities. They provide information to support

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