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Accessible Street Charter

Equality and Diversity Team, North Somerset Council Publication date: 2017 Ranking: essential The charter is based on work undertaken by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), to promote the concept of charters which set out the key principles

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), 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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Posted in Accessible Information, Disability

Life and times of a BSL interpreter at Glastonbury Festival

Here’s an edited account of one of Deafinite’s interpreters working with DeafZone at the 2017 festival.   Download the Glastonbury BSL story   For a copy in an alternative format or language please write to: Deafinite Interpreters 50 Topsham Road

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Posted in Accessible Information, Service Provision

Active ageing

Written by Liz Cairncross, Head of Research at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University, Housing LIN Active Ageing and the Built Environment Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The Briefing it looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Housing

A place for everyone?

Oxfam and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) A place for everyone? Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful This note relates to meeting the needs of women in Planning. It was produced at the time of the introduction of the Gender Equality

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Posted in Gender, Planning

Inclusive communication

Office for Disability Issues Inclusive communication Publication date: August 2014 Ranking: essential In their words: “This guidance aims to help you to: communicate using inclusive language and know which words to use and avoid when writing about disability include disabled

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Posted in Accessible Information

Successful places and spaces

Project for Public Places What makes a place successful? Publication date: various Ranking: useful In their words: “Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

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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Housing and health: building the evidence base

Liz Cairncross and Jeremy Porteous, HousingLIN. Housing and health: building the evidence base Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “This paper provides a review of the evidence base in relation to projects and pilot initiatives across the UK

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Posted in Health, Housing

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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Posted in Disability, Service Provision

Little boxes

TV2 Denmark What happens when we stop putting people in boxes? Published:  2017 (On YouTube) Ranking: essential   Answer: Watch here   To obtain an alternative format or language  Please write to: TV2 DENMARK A / S Rugaardsvej 25 5100

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An environment for all ages

Kt-equal A built environment for all ages Publication date: March 2010 Ranking: useful Notes of a workshop held in 2010 looking at evidence that well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance long term health and well-being for people who use them regularly.

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Health, Landscaping, Urban Design

Building the right home

Amy Swan, Housing Lead for the Transforming Care Programme. Local Government Association, NHS England and Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). Building the right home Publication date: December 2016 Ranking: Useful Guidance for commissioners of health and care services for children,

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Posted in Housing

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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Posted in Disability

Public transportation is a “women’s issue.”

Laura Bliss, The Atlantic; CityLab Mass transit mobilises women. Why don’t women mobilise for transit? Publication date: January 2017 Ranking: useful In their words: “Like the economy, climate change, immigration, and health care, public transportation is a women’s issue.” the author

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Posted in Gender, Highways, Rail, Urban Design

Shared space assessment

Paper by: Bart J.M. Melis-Dankers, Else M. Havik and Aart C. Kooijman (Royal Dutch Visio, Centre of Expertise for Blind and Visually Impaired People) Frank J.J.M. Steyvers, (University of Groningen, Department of Psychology, Groningen) Helen Petrie, (University of York, Department

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

Creating age-friendly cities

Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Creating age-friendly cities Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful This POSTnote from the  examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. As the number of older people living

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

Why you can’t ignore dementia and tourism

National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Dementia: Why is it important for tourism? In their words: “This brief guide, is designed to give businesses in the visitor economy advice, information and resources on becoming dementia friendly. The NCTA has produced

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Posted in Accommodation, Health, Private Sector, Service Provision

Briefing – Accessible housing standards 2015

Habinteg Accessible housing standards 2015 – briefing Publication date: November 205 Ranking: essential Using a simple chart and symbol format this guide runs through the changes between the Lifetime Homes standards and the latest 2015 Building Regulations Approved Document M4 (2),

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Comparison of European accessible housing standards

European Federation for Living (EFL) Accessible housing in different European countries: comparison leaflet Publication date: unknown Ranking: useful This leaflet sets out the differences between standards in the UK and Finland, France, Germany and The Netherlands. It lists examples of

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Accessible housing design ideas

European Federation for Living (EFL) The Housing and Design Centre of Finland EFL Design Competition 2015-2016: Jury Report and The Book of Designs Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful Alongside describing the winners and commendations in the competition, this report outlines

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Accessible communities

Housing LIN Design Hub – Building homes and communities  Publication date: various dates Ranking: useful This is part of the website of Housing LIN where they offer guidance and examples of effective design principles and practice in mainstream and specialist

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Building better places

House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment.  Building Better Places Publication date: February 2016 Ranking: useful This report covers the findings of the Select Committee. The Committee commented: “(the) …cumulative effect of progressively diluting the capacity

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Design Standards (Environment), Private Sector, Service Provision

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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Posted in Disability, Housing

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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Posted in Disability, Housing

LLDC Inclusive Design Standards

London Legacy Development Corporation LLDC Inclusive Design Standards Publication date: March 2013 Ranking: useful This document sets out the design standards used by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as a part of the Olympic Legacy process. It develops the guidance

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

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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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Disability

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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Posted in Disability, Housing

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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Posted in Disability, Housing

Shares space experience in Ireland

Tom Grey and Emma Siddall, with contributions from Eoghan O’Shea; TrinityHaus, (Trinity College, Dublin). Shared Space, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones from a Universal Design Approach for the Urban Environment in Ireland Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful The research was

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Posted in Urban Design

Website accessibility standards

Equality and Human Rights Commission / British Standards Institute PAS 78:2006 Guide to commissioning accessible websites Publication date: 2006, updated 2014 Ranking: useful Prepared originally by the former Disability Rights Commission, this comprehensive document sets out the specification requirements that

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What’s your place really like?

Arts Council England Disability access – a good practice guide for the arts. Publication date: 2004 Ranking: useful Originally written in the context of Lottery funding and the arrival of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995, this document still offers

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Small plot, big technology

Papworth Trust Small plot, big technology in accessible bungalow design Publication date: 2015 Ranking: useful. The Papworth Trust have constructed two space-saving bungalows in Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire. They are an example of how to create accessible accommodation with a focus

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Co-design in Peckham

Guardian Newspapers Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Co-design picks up on the idea of “co-production” where in this case local people were able to provide the council with access to their local expertise on an area rather than having a top down approach.

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Listening to your customers and service users

Housing LIN User Involvement and Co-production Publication date: various from 2015 Ranking: essential The Housing LIN web based resource has now set up a section looking at examples and methods for consulting people who use services and how to get

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Outdoor Events Accessibility

Independent Street Arts Network. Produced by Attitude is Everything. Access Toolkit: Making outdoor arts events accessible to all Publication date: 2009 Ranking: essential The toolkit highlights simple measures that organisers can undertake to improve access to any outdoor event .

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Posted in Arts, Auditing

Fair Play for Children!

Department for Victorian Communities, State of Victoria. The Good Play Space Guide Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful Published by the State of Victoria this Australian guide sets out in detail how to go about providing accessible play spaces. Importantly it

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Do you know who you’re speaking to?

Employers Forum on Disability Publication date: 2010 Ranking: useful Knowing your customer or client is invaluable to a designer or business. It allows you to tailor your service to their needs and ensure no discriminatory barriers are being created. This

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Top of the ladder

DEMOS, Claudia Wood. Top of the ladder Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful “This report brings together the evidence regarding the UK’s ‘next housing crisis’ – the chronic under supply of appropriate housing for older people. While all eyes are on those struggling to

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Playing out in the woods!

Forestry Commission England Design guidance for play space Publication date: 2006 Ranking: This short guidance note sets out principles for considering the needs of the people who will use the space. Using multi-disciplinary teams it aims to show how naturalistic

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Housing design guidance

Housing design guidance inclusive design resource Housing LIN Publication date: various Rank: useful This website resource offers useful publications on different aspects of inclusive design that may assist in the design, development and commissioning of housing. They include research around neighbourhood

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Case study 3: Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything Publication date: various dates Ranking: Useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice. All the case studies can be found in our case study index post. CS3 Attitude is Everything – access to live music

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Posted in Accessible Information, Arts, Events & Meetings

Great places to go

Case studies – index North Somerset Equality and Diversity Team Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Here are both buildings and spaces that show how good inclusive design can be achieved in practice. The cases are not all brand new buildings and

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Posted in Design Standards (Buildings), Health, Project Management, Service Provision

Case study 2: North Somerset Town Hall

North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team Art of combining steps and a lift in one Publication date: 2014 Ranking: Useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice All the case studies can be found in our

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Case study 1: Knightstone Housing Association offices

North Somerset Council Equality and Diversity Team Accessible offices Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The case studies aim to show inclusive design in practice All the case studies can be found in our case study index post. Scheme 1 Knightstone

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Future perfect, designer labels for an ageing society

Housing LIN Publication date: December 2013 Ranking: useful The Housing LIN has published a selection of resources that consider in detail the built environment and the physical design criteria that can meet the housing needs and lifestyle choices of older

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Posted in Accommodation, Housing

Ways for staff to consult people with dementia about services

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Publication date: 2001 Ranking: useful Previous research has demonstrated that, given the right support, individuals with dementia can express opinions about services. However, staff need help with identifying and using opportunities for meaningful consultation. This study by

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Local Transport Note 1/11

Department for Transport Publication date: 2011 Ranking: essential This Local Transport Note (LTN) focuses on shared space in high street environments but many of its principles will apply in other settings. It places particular emphasis on stakeholder engagement and inclusive

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

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

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