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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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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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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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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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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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Government response: report of House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. HMSO. Government Response to the Report of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment Publication date: March 2018 Ranking: useful This is the Government’s response to the inquiry by the Committee.

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A Guide Dog’s LIfe

BBC Scotland Publication date: February 2018 Ranking: essential Crossing the road: a Guide Dog’s life Video highlights the lack of understanding by many drivers of the needs of visually impaired people. This video has a spoken commentary and English subtitles. To

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How adaptations can improve later life

Centre for Aging Better, University of the West of England and Building Research Establishment. The role of adaptations in improving later life. Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “Very little attractive, affordable housing has been built in the right

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Standards make the world accessible for all

British Standards Institute BSi documentary – Building accessibility Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential Why are accessibility standards important? How do standards help designers? How can we make the World Wide Web wider? With a new documentary on accessibility, BSI Group

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Review of accessible hotel stock in London

Grant Thorton, Colin Buchanan, David Bonnett Associates and Inclusion London for Design for London (DfL)/London Development Agency (LDA) and Greater London Authority (GLA). Accessible Hotels in London Publication date: March 2010 Ranking: useful This report was commissioned to provide evidence to inform a new London

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Design for dementia

Bill Halsall, Halsall Lloyd Partnership and Dr. Rob MacDonald, Liverpool Moores University. Design for Dementia, Volume 1 – A Guide Design for Dementia, Volume 2 – Research Projects Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: ‘Design for Dementia’ is a

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Office life for Deaf people

Charlie Swinbourne, The Guardian What’s it like to work in an office when you are Deaf? Publication date: 31 May 2012 Ranking: useful Explains many of the barriers faced by Deaf people when working in a variety of types of

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Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment

House of Commons Select Committee: Women and Equalities Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential Download a copy here from the Parliament website  The report sets out the Select Committee’s findings and recommendations on

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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Highways, Paving, Urban Design

Code of practice for wheelchair passport schemes

British Standards Institute (BSi) Code of practice (CoP) for wheelchair passport schemes Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This CoP promotes the use of a passport scheme which would include basic details required by wheelchair users to enable their safe travel

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Why the UK voting system must change

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Turned out 2017 Published: 2017 Ranking: essential Whilst all voters have the right to vote independently and in secret the RNIB’s research into the last UK General Election has shown “…breakdowns in the current voting

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Managing Accessible Toilets

Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)  Managing Accessible Toilets Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential This guidance sets out the need for accessible toilets, the legislative background and the standards for the various different types. Importantly, it highlights 10 key good practice

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Deafspace

Hansel Bauman (hbhm architects) in conjunction with ASL Deaf Studies Department, Gallaudet University. The DeafSpace Project (DSP) Publication date: 2005 Ranking: useful In their words: “Our built environment, largely constructed by and for hearing individuals, presents a variety of surprising challenges

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Digital accessibility

Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office Making your service accessible: an introduction Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: essential This forms part of the guidance to central government services to ensure that all services are digitally accessible to equality groups. It contains

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The case for play

SENSE  Making play inclusive: a toolkit for play settings Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful In their words: “For three months between September and November 2015, Sense undertook a public inquiry into the provision of play opportunities for children aged 0-5

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Does someone need your seat?

Aine Pennello, The Atlantic CityLab. Do you know who needs you subway seat? Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful Article discusses issues for people with unseen impairments who may need a seat on public transport with reference to the new Transport

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Being disabled in Britain

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal Published: 2017 Ranked: useful In the EHRC’s words: “Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and

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Education, estates and equality

Equality and Human Rights Commission (and former Disability Rights Commission). Two documents are posted here. It is important to read the historic guide in the context of the current guidance in the 2014 EHRC document.   Estates: The Disability Discrimination Act

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Transport and disabled people

Access to transport for disabled people House of Commons Transport Committee 2013-14 Publication date: September 2013 Ranking: useful This Parliamentary report reviews the government’s progress on meeting its own action plan targets and those set out in law to meet

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TED goes designing for disability

TED  ideas worth spreading   A playlist of 10 videos all on subject of designing for disability from TED conferences around the world. In their words: “Good design — and smart technology — should fuel inclusivity. These talks show how tech

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Dementia and Town Planning

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Dementia and Town Planning – RTPI Practice Advice Publication date: January 2017 Ranking: useful In their own words… “This practice note gives advice on how good planning can create better environments for people living with dementia. It

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Core disability design documents

Compiled by North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team. Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: essential These documents are the key ones which we feel underpin most design work from service delivery to transport, interior design or the public realm. Disability

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The Equality Act and disabled people

House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people Published: March 2016 Ranking: essential In the committee’s words: “The Equality Act 2010 is the legislative framework. We have been examining whether it adequately

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Autism and public transport

Ambitious about Autism Using public transport Ranking: useful Publication date: June 2015 Public transport for someone with autism can pose particular challenges that complicate the journey if a dedicated taxi isn’t available or you don’t have access to car. This

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Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020

Produced by Williams Lea for the Department of Health Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020 The former Prime Minister David Cameron launched the initial dementia challenge in 2012. The document sets out a number of goals

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Adapting your home

Age UK Adapting your home: Services and equipment to help you stay living at home Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This useful guide is aimed at disabled people wanting to make adaptations or improvements to their homes to make them

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Making a house a home

Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) Making a house a home: Local Authorities and disabled adaptations Publication date: March 2016 Ranking: useful This report highlights some of the issues raised with the LGO when the process goes wrong, and the impact this

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BSI code of practice on dementia friendly communities

British Standards Institute BSI PAS 1365:2015 Code of Practice for the recognition of Dementia Friendly Communities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: essential This code of practice aims to help support existing communities and to inspire more areas to get involved in

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Customer service and people living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Society How to help people with dementia: a guide for customer facing staff Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This guide gives key tips and guidance for staff in how to assist customers living with dementia and explains some of the

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Repealed legislation under Equality Act 2010

A number of pieces of equality and discrimination legislation were repealed when the Equality Act 2010 came into force. It is unfortunately too common a mistake by construction and environmental professionals to still refer to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

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Shared space: is it evidence based?

University of the West of England (UWE): Simon Moody and Steve Melia Shared space – research, policy and problems Publication date: 2012 Ranking: essential The authors’ introduction states: “Shared space is an approach to street design which minimises demarcations between vehicles

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Colour, contrast and perception

Keith Bright, Geoff Cook and John Harris; University of Reading. Colour selection and the Visually Impaired – A Design Guide for Building Refurbishment Publication date: 1997, updated 2004 Ranking: useful Report describes how visually impaired navigate buildings and how colour

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Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit

Habinteg and Town and Country Planning Association Towards Accessible Housing Toolkit Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential The introduction states: “This toolkit has been assembled to help planners to plan and secure delivery of accessible homes.” The document describes: The process

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Best kept secrets

Your home’s best kept secrets Style and décor design advice is available everywhere. But here’s something you may not see a lot about. The Big Opportunity is all about the top 10 features in your house that we think you

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Building dementia friendly communities for everyone

Geraldine Green, Senior Policy Officer and Louise Lakey, Policy Manager, Alzheimer’s Society Building dementia friendly communities: A priority for everyone Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful This report describes the views of people affected by dementia and their carers. It explores the barriers

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SEND Code of Practice 2014

Department of Education and Department of Health Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years Publication date: July 2014 Ranking: essential This Code of Practice provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3

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Access survey of galleries and arts venues

Arts Council of Wales Disability Access Survey of Revenue Funded Venues and Galleries Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful Key findings include addressing access to information, improvements to overcome specific barriers faced by Deaf people and making sure all venues have appropriate

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Is your hospital dementia friendly?

The King’s Fund Centre An EHE Environmental Assessment Tool Is your hospital dementia friendly? Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This is an audit tool for assessing hospital wards. The King’s Fund’s overarching design principles for dementia friendly design are reproduced at

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Want to be a dementia friendly community?

Alzheimer’s Society The dementia friendly communities Publication date: various Ranking: essential The Alzheimer’s Society  are working nationally to … as a part of their …five year plan. Use these links to find out how to work towards becoming a dementia friendly

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Stop, look and think for a moment

Link to something more! Some of our posts will already be taking you to a variety of external websites which offer help and support on equality and design. We’ve gone one further here and listed some of the key groups

Posted in Disability, Gender, Race, Religion & Belief, sexual orientation

Hotels

British Standards Institute (BSi) PAS 88:2008 Guidance on accessibility of large hotel premises and hotel chains Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful The document contains principles of good practice based on the duty to make reasonable adjustments and provide equal standards of service

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Small venues – big changes!

Guardian Music blog How small venues can make big changes for disabled fans and artists The music charity Attitude Is Everything has signed up its 100th venue to its Charter of Best Practice. Mystery Jets frontman Blaine Harrison explains how

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Gardening for wheelchair users

TERRAform Product All products are publicised here as examples of design solutions. This not an endorsement of the design or the company. Ranking: useful Raised garden or allotment bed that allows access for wheelchair users. Takes account of reach and

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