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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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Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Means of escape for disabled people

HM Government Publication date: March 2007 Ranking: useful This is a supplementary guide and should be read alongside other guides in the Fire Safety Risk Assessment series.It provides additional information on accessibility and means of escape for disabled people. The

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Making your project accessible for disabled people

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Publication date: December 2012 Ranking: useful This guidance has been written to support bids for funding to the HLF. It looks at how it is possible to improve projects so that disabled people, (visitors, volunteers or staff),

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Historic Buildings & Landscapes

Landscape Design for Dementia Care

Housing LIN Publication date: July 2013 Ranking: useful This Factsheet is intended to be used as a tool to further debate on the subject of design for dementia care in the specialist housing sector. The principles of landscape design for

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Neighbourhoods for life Checklist

Housing Corporation Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful   This checklist gives a range of design recommendations to help housing associations improve the quality of life of older people with dementia in the outdoor environment. How to view a copy To

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Neighbourhoods for Life: Designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments

Oxford Brookes University Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful The number of older people in the UK is rising dramatically, particularly in the age group of 85 years and above. As the likelihood of developing dementia increases with age, reaching a one

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Design and access statement. How to write,read and use them.

Design Council (formerly the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment) Publication date: 2006 Ranking: Essential In May 2006, the government introduced changes to the planning applications process that brought Design and Access Statements into more common use . Though Planning

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Planning, Project Management

State of Access Report 2014

Attitude Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful This report gives you an idea of what access is like to music venues for deaf and disabled people. Have a look as well at their case studies on the Case Studies Index page 

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Posted in Arts, Disability, Events & Meetings, Hearing Equipment

Accessible Train Station

Department of Transport Publication date: November 2011 Ranking: useful  This document outlines the code of practice for Accessible Train Stations specifically designed for disabled people. Covers all  issues from platform design and access onto trains to information, kiosks,  ramps, doors and car parking.

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Rail

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO)

I’DGO project Publication date: various Ranking: useful This is a link to the valuable website resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a part of a project that was established in 2003. I’DGO has a longstanding record

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Health, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

Dementia: design and built environment

Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) Publication date: updated periodically Ranking: useful Follow this link to the Housing LIN website which offers a range of publications and events on housing design and older people with information available on dementia. Other housing and care topics

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Short-changed: the Trailblazers High Street report

Trailblazers Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Describes the findings of an Autumn 2013 investigation into access to the High Street. Trailblazers have compiled a cost-effective guide with recommendations as to how businesses can improve disabled customers experiences in their establishments. Individual disabled

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Disabled women in London: housing, leisure and transport issues

London Women and Planning Forum (LWPF) Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful This is a report of a seminar held to examine the wider physical access needs of women in their local community. How to view a copy The report was available

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender

Communication and people with the most complex needs

MENCAP Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful This report provides some solutions to meeting the communication requirements of people with the most complex needs – what works and why they are essential. Within  the term “complex needs” are included people with profound

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Posted in Accessible Information, Disability

Accessible thresholds in new buildings: guidance for house builders and designers

Department of Communities and Local Government Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful The aim of the guide is to suggest solutions that will make the thresholds of dwellings more accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, whilst minimising the

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Posted in Building Regulations, Disability, Housing

Fire safety risk assessment: means of escape for disabled people

Publication date: 2007 Ranking: essential Guidance about completing a fire safety risk assessment for people responsible for providing means of escape for disabled people. This guide is a supplement to be read alongside the other risk assessment guides in this

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

Inclusive School Design – accommodating pupils with SEN and disabilities in mainstream schools

Department of Education Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Published as Building Bulletin 94, it provided advice and guidance on how to accommodate pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in mainstream schools in support of Building Bulletin 91. The illustrated text

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Planning and access for disabled people: a good practice guide

Dept. of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful The primary objective of this guide is to ensure the planning system in England successfully and consistently delivers inclusive environments as an integral part of the development process.

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Posted in Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender, Service Provision

Designing for disabled children and children with special educational needs (BB102)

Dept. of Education Publication date: 2008 Ranking: Useful Advice and guidance on how to meet needs of disabled pupils. Building Bulletin 102 provided non-statutory design guidance on accommodation for children with SEN and disabilities for special school and mainstream school

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Disability Design Standards

Publication date: updated 2013 Ranking: essential The North Somerset Council design sheets summarise design guidance for disabled people and are based on national guidance, good practice and the views of local disabled people. They form a part of the council’s policy

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Arts and and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities

Mencap Publication date: 2008 Ranking: useful Addresses accessibility of arts and cultural venues for families with children with a learning disability. Written for professionals, it outlines the importance of engaging people with learning disabilities in the arts, and to explain

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Access for All Design Guide

Environment Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The Environment Agency’s own information on how to plan and deliver inclusive public access as part of their construction activities. It should be used by anyone planning to undertake physical works in the

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Posted in Accessible Information, Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Gender, Highways, Landscaping

Housing Sight

RNIB Publication date: 2003 Ranking: useful A best practice guide to building accessible homes for people with sight loss. The guide has been formed by the views of people with sight loss and professionals in the field. Housing Sight is

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Posted in Disability, Doors, Housing

Meeting Checklist and Venue Guide 2017

North Somerset Council Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful The document sets out the requirements of the council for ensuring all meetings are held in accessible locations and run in ways that are inclusive, wherever it is reasonable and practicable to do

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North Somerset Equality Access Policy

Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Essential (North Somerset Council) This document sets out North Somerset Council’s policy for achieving accessible buildings, spaces and transport for everyone. It also addresses the related theme of accessible information. It provides a framework for the

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Changing Places: the practical guide

Changing Places Consortium Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential  The document aims to provide practical guidance on the design and management of a Changing Places toilet, as well as an understanding of why they are needed and who is likely to

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BS 9999:2008 – Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

British Standards Institute (BSi) Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential BS 9999:2017 is the fire safety code of practice for building design, management and use. It is based on government guidance and provides a best practice framework for fire safety. The standard

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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability

British Standard BS5888-8 Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings,

British Standard Institute British Standard BS5888-8 Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings. Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful – superceded. See BS 9999: 2017 “Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. Code of practice.”

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Posted in Building Regulations, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability

Blue Badge Scheme – rights and responsibilities in England

Department of Transport Publication date: Updated May 2012 Ranking: essential This booklet explains the key repsponsibilities and rights for the use of the Blue Badge and importantly who it may be used by. More detailed information about the scheme is

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The way we live now: What people expect from their homes

Ipsos MORI/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This research project has been commissioned from Ipsos MORI by the RIBA for the independent Future Homes Commission’s investigation into how the UK can build enough of the right kind

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Posted in Accommodation, Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Disability, Doors, Gender, Housing, Urban Design

Nightsite – the 24 hour city

Joint Mobility Unit (JMU) and the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit Publication date: 1999 Ranking: useful This study highlights the access needs of older and disabled people with a view to raising awareness of  the need to create inclusive environments among policy-makers and

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Manual for Streets

Department of Transport Publication date: 2007 and 2010 Ranking: essential Guidance for practitioners involved in the planning, provision and approval of new residential streets and modifications to existing ones. Its companion publication “Manual for Streets 2” addresses the wider urban area.

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Posted in Disability, Highways, Religion & Belief

Sign Design Guide

Sign Design Society and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).Written by Peter Barker OBE, BSc (Eng)  and June Fraser ARCA PPCSD Publication date: 2000Ranking: essential The book is concerned with making environments accessible to everyone and addresses the concept of

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The colour, light and contrast manual

University of Reading Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful The content of this book is drawn from the extensive work of the Inclusive Environments Research Group in SCME and provides the standard text on the provision of inclusive environments.  The book

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By all reasonable means

Sensory Trust Publication date: 2005 Ranking: useful Natural England’s national guidance publication, written and designed by the Sensory Trust. Useful for anyone planning access improvements to public greenspace, it provides practical information on standards, techniques and examples of good practice.

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At your service – business case for accessible hotels and guest houses

Visit England Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful Sets out case for businesses to become more accessible, highlighting size of the market and its value, benefits of having a business that appeals to the greatest range of people and which meets the

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Building Sight

RNIB Publication date:  First published 1995 (updated) Ranking: useful Describes building design requirements for people with visual impairments. Covers both exterior and interior issues. How to view a copy Please follow this link to the RNIB website How to obtain

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Lifetime Homes design guide

Habinteg/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The concept of Lifetime Homes was developed in the early 1990s by a group of housing experts, including Habinteg Housing Association and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The group was formed because of

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2012 Olympics Legacy for accessible businesses

Office of Disability Issues (ODI) 2012 Legacy for disabled people: Inclusive and accessible business Publication date: August 2010 Ranking: useful The report describes the compelling case for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to focus on disabled people as customers,

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BT Countryside for All

Fieldfare Trust Publication date: first published 2001 and updated 2013 Ranking: essential The Fieldfare Trust, working with organisations representing people with disabilities, countryside service providers, national agencies and countryside user groups, researched and developed Physical Accessibility Standards that meet the needs

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British Standard Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment

British Standards Institute BS 8300-1:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. External environment. Code of practice BS 8300-2:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. Buildings. Code of practice Publication date: 2018 Ranking: essential BS 8300: 2009+A1:2010 has been

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Breedon gravel aggregates

Breedon Gravel Publication date: not applicable Ranking: useful Breedon Wayfarer is a gravel based material, graded 6mm to fines limestone material with self binding properties providing stability with great versatility. It is commonly used on any paths used by disabled

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Building Bulletin 93 Acoustic design of schools

Dept of Education Publication date: 1993 Ranking: Useful Building Bulletin 93 aimed to give supporting advice and recommendations for planning and design of schools for anyone involved in the design of new school buildings. How to view a copy Follow

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Posted in Accommodation, Building Regulations, Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Hearing Equipment, Schools

Accessible Train Station Design for Disabled People: Code of Practice

Department for Transport and Transport Scotland Publication date: 2011 Ranking: Useful The purpose of the Code is to assist those operating passenger trains and stations in making railway travel easier for disabled passengers. In sets out key design criteria for

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Accessible Stadia

Sports Ground Safety Authority Publication date: 2015 (first published in 2003) Ranking: Essential This comprehensive updated publication brings together the background information central to designing and providing for disabled spectators at stadia. It lays out clearly the requirements and obligations of legislation,

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Accessible sports facilities – CAD drawings to support design guidance

Sport England Publication date: 2010 Ranking: Useful These CAD drawings offer illustations of how the Sport England accessible sports facilities guidance could be implemented. (See separate posting, “Accessible Sports Facilities“). How to view a copy Follow this link to the

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Accessible Sports Facilities

Sport England Publication date: 2010 Ranking: Useful Describes national standards for providing wide range of accessible sports facilities. Covers playing areas as well as changing areas and ancillary facilities. How to view a copy Follow this link to download a

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Access, churches and disabled people

ChurchCare Accessibility and disabled people Publication date: 2013 Ranking: Useful Provides guidance on improving access to church buildings with references to other websites, documents and guidance. How to obtain a copy of this document Please follow this link To obtain

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Access prohibited!

John Gill, Tiresias Access prohibited: Information for public terminal designers Publication date: 2000 Ranking: useful This publication explains the range of disabilities that make access difficult and provides information on how public access terminals can be designed to be as

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Designing for the Disabled

Selwyn Goldsmith Designing for the disabled Updated in 1997 as “Designing for the disabled: The new paradigm” Publication date: 1963 Ranking: Useful First authoritative guide on physical design for disabled people covering wide range of issues and subjects from external

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