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Sensory access in Higher Education

Equality Challenge Unit. Research undertaken by LSN (www.lsnlearning.org.uk): Jean Hewitt, Chris Hewitson, Gill O’Toole and Naomi Haywood. Sensory access in Higher Education: Guidance report Publication date: 2009 Ranking: useful This guidance had been developed from research findings showing that students with visual

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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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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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Tactile paving consultation 2015

Department for Transport (DfT) Interim changes to the Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces Publication date: 2015 Ranking: essential This document sets out the proposed changes that the DfT consulted on in 2015. It proposed changes to the way

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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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Posted in Disability, Highways, Planning, Urban Design

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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Crossings and pedestrian walking speeds

Transport Research Laboratory Report prepared by M cRabtree, C Lodge and P Emmerson. A Review of Pedestrian Walking Speeds and Time Needed to Cross the Road Publication date: 2014 Ranking: useful Living Streets commissioned Transport Research Laboratory to bring together

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Access for Blind People in Towns SS1401

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK Publication Date: 2014 Ranking: useful   This document sets out the general abilities and limitations of blind people and of trained guide dogs, in order to provide assistance to planners and designers

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Access for blind people in towns

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This document sets out the general requirements of blind people and of trained guide dogs, in order to provide assistance to planners and designers who are responsible

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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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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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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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