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HAPPI in practice: designing for independent living

Tim Bell, Bell Phillips Architects, for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (HLIN) Designing for an Autonomous Community – Bruyn’s Court, Publication: 2018 Ranking: useful Using the HAPPI design principles this case study in South Ockendon, Essex describes an inclusive design that

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Why don’t women cycle

Various sources Publication dates: various, 2017 Ranking: useful There is a gender gap in cycling which various across different countries. These articles show what some of the issues may be and what physical design barriers need to be addressed. As

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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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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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If you only did one thing

The big lesson that Bloomberg Mayor‘s Challenge Winners can teach other cities The Atlantic: CityLab Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The article describes how the “Mayors Challenge” encourages cities to generate bold new ideas that solve urban challenges and improve city life.

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The purple pound

VisitEngland Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful The purple pound: volume and value of accessible tourism in England Facts and figures on the economic benefits of accessible tourism and accommodation venues. Download the information here at the VisitEngland website More access

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Dementia and housing assessment tool

Written by Sue Garwood, for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network Dementia and housing: An assessment tool for local commissioning Publication date: May 2016 Ranking: useful This self-assessment tool is designed to help local commissioners understand the progress made to enable

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Public Health in Planning

Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) with Angie Jukes (Stockport Council) and Chimeme Egbutah (Luton Borough Council). Public Health in Planning: Good Practice Guide Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful This guide is a practical resource produced to help public health and planning

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Building for Life

Building for Life Partnership Building for Life 12 (BfL12) is led by three partners: Cabe at the Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation, supported by Nottingham Trent University. Building for Life 12 Publication date: revised 2012

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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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Communication and consultation Exploring ways for staff to involve people with dementia in developing services

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful This project explored how staff can help people with dementia to express their views of services. They looked at various approaches by staff to consultation work and also what it would be like for staff

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Non-Mainstream Housing Design Guidance

Housing and Communities Agency Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful  This report summarises recent work carried out by Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency. It provides an overview and synopsis of the extensive published

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Improving The Environment – Enabling Independence Living well With Dementia

Sunderland City Council Publication date: April 2013 Ranking: useful   This leaflet has been compiled for use by those providing accommodation for someone living with a dementia diagnosis. This may include:- • Person living in their own home (family home)

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Making premises safe from fire – short guide for businesses

Department of Communities and Local Government Publication date: 2006 Ranking: essential This booklet provides practical advice to people responsible for fire safety in small and medium businesses. It provides entry-level guidance on how to make sure you are meeting the

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Easy Access To Historic Landscapes

English Heritage Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential The aim of this guide is to promote an inclusive approach to historic parks, gardens or landscapes. Its focus is on providing better access for people with disabilities. However, an equally strong priority is

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Equality Act: Summary guide for service providers

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Publication date: various from 2010 Ranking: essential The Equality Act started to come into force on 1 October 2010. The EHRC have created a series of guidance documents to help explain the Act and provide practical

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BT Countryside for All

Fieldfare Trust Publication date: first published 2001 and updated 2013 Ranking: useful Fieldfare, under the guidance of the National Advisory Group, which includes organisations representing people with disabilities, countryside service providers, national agencies and countryside user groups and users, researched

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Make it clear

Mencap Publication date: current (2013) Ranking: Useful Mencap’s guide to making written information clear and easy to read for people with a learning disability. How to view a copy Follow this link to their websiteHow to obtain a copy in

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Accessible thresholds in new housing

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Now Dept of Communities and Locl Government) Publication date: 1999 Ranking: Useful The aim of this guide is to suggest design solutions that will make the thresholds of dwellings more accessible to

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Accessible sports facilities – audit checklist 2012

Sport England Publication date: 2012 Ranking: Useful Sport England’s own checklist to help review schemes or premises How to obtain a copyFollow this link How to obtain a copy in an alternative format or language Sport England SportPark 3 Oakwood

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At your service- guide to improving accessibility of holiday accommodation

Visit England Publication date: 2011 Ranking: useful This guide is for those who own and run guest accommodation. It is written for owners or managers of hotels, bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation to help them better understand how they

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2012 Legacy for Disabled People: Inclusive and and Accessible Business

Office of Disability Issues/Dept. for Business and Skills Published: 2012 Ranking: Useful Advice for small and medium sized enterprises on better ways of working with disabled people, highlighting the business case and picking out examples of good practice. How to

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