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Social interactions in urban places

Caroline Holland, Andrew Clark, Jeanne Katz and Sheila Peace. Joseph Rowntree Foundation Social interactions in urban places Publication date: 2007 Ranking: useful In their words. “This research focuses on the use of different public (and pseudo-public) spaces in urban areas.

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Guide to people living with autism spectrum disorder

MIND Supporting people living with autism spectrum disorder and mental health problems A guide for practitioners and providers Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential This guide is in the form of a toolkit which aims to support professionals in: Consulting and

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Practical guide for employers supporting disabled people

Remploy Practical advice for employers supporting disabled people and those with long term health conditions in the workplace Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful In their words: “The guide give a broad overview of 19 core disability areas including learning disabilities,

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Review of transport system mobility guidance

Karen Lucas, Gordon Stokes, Jeroen Bastiaanssen, Julian Burkinshaw; University of Leeds. Foresight, Government Office for Science Inequalities in Mobility and Access in the UK Transport System Future of Mobility: Evidence Review Publication date: 2019 Ranking: essential The study is a

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Posted in Highways

Museums: A Whole New World for Visually Impaired People

Barry Ginley, Access Consultant V&A Museum Museums: A Whole New World for Visually Impaired People Publication date: 2013 Ranking: useful Download link: publication website  The paper describes the work of the V&A entitled “FuturePlan” to improve access to the museum’s

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Posted in Arts, Design Standards (Buildings), Historic Buildings & Landscapes

Rental housing for an ageing population

Richard Best and Jeremy Porteus Housing LIN. Dept of Communities and Local Government/Dept of Health/Homes and Communities Agency All party parliamentary group on housing and care for older people. HAPPI 5: Rental housing for an ageing population Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful Download link: website

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Houses for HAPPI residents

Constanze Leibrock, Director, Proctor and Matthews Architects. Housing LIN. Designing inclusive Later Living communities for HAPPI residents Publication date: 2019 Ranking: useful Download link: case study report In their words: “This case study report for the Housing LIN (Learning and

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Posted in Housing, Planning

“People aren’t disabled their city is…”

A Guardian Cities article by Emily Yates “People aren’t disabled, their city is”: inside Europe’s most accessible city. Publication date: May 2019 Ranking: useful Article describes writer’s experience as a disabled person in travelling around the Dutch city of Breda

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Posted in Design Standards (Environment), Urban Design

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,

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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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Posted in Disability

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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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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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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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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Posted in Highways, Urban Design

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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Age friendly housing design

Jeremy Porteus and Julia Park Housing LIN Age-friendly Housing: Future design for older people Publication date: 2018 Ranking: useful Download link: visit the RIBA bookshop In their words: “This book embeds the principles of how we should approach the design of future housing for

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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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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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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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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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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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Posted in Disability, 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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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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Making cities better for women?

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)   Making cities better for women Publication date: 8th March 2018 Ranking: useful Originally produced for International Women’s Day, this blog  highlights work by a number of organisations and in particular: the work in Vienna

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Posted in Gender, Planning, Urban Design

Intergenerational guide and toolkit

Belfast Strategic Partnership Intergenerational guide and toolkit – old and young getting along together Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Provides guidance on intergenerational good practice and project templates to promote age cohesive communities. Download a copy of the toolkit or

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Accessibility and adaptability of housing

Housing LIN  Accessibility and adaptability Publication date: 2017 Ranking: useful Here are resources on housing accessibility and adaptability of housing which are available from the Housing Learning Improvement Network (Housing LIN). Information is available on accessible and adaptable, new and

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Posted in Housing, Planning, Service Provision

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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More designing cities for women 3

Lucy Turnbull, TEDx MacQuarrie University Designing cities for women Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful The video describes how women use cities differently and that designing for their needs is actually in everyone’s interests. A live English transcript is available alongside

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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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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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Posted in Accommodation, Disability, Planning

A-Z of Co-design

Mobility, Mood Place Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between: The University of Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University King’s College London Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York A-Z of Co-design Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful The short document

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Designing with people

Helen Hamlyn Trust Designing with people Publication date: Ranking: essential In their words: “This web-based resource has been created by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art to share ways to design with people. Get

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Who do we design for?

Microsoft Design The case for inclusive design Publication date: 2016 Ranking: useful In their words: “If we use our own abilities and biases as a starting point, we end up with products designed for people of a specific gender, age,

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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

8 minutes, 34 seconds of your time

Design Council Inclusive Environments Publication date: 2016 Ranking: Essential This short film sets out the principles and methods to design and implement an inclusive environment for everyone. It has been commissioned as part of the Design Council’s work on their Inclusive

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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