Inclusive Design: Designing & Developing Accessible Environments by Rob Imrie & Peter Hall
Social & Attitudinal Barriers to Inclusive Design:
-Attitudes are generally negative
-Modern societies “vomit out deviants, keeping them outside of society or enclosing them in special institutions”
-The “blame-the-victim” approach forces disabled people to adapt themselves to their environments
-Professionals often disregard the demand for accessible environments, “what’s the point of providing facilities for disabled people? We never see any here and it would be a waste of a resource”.
-“In a context where populations in many countries are ageing, it is more than likely that the demand for accessible environments will increase.”
-In 1991, 2.4 million people in England were in need of accessible housing; 1 in 4 households contain at least one person with a disability
Alternative Direction in Property Development Disability & Design:
-“Professionals rarely exceed the legislative minima in providing access”.
-“An enabling environment will aim ‘to establish social independence for all inhabitants’ by empowering people to determine the conditions of their own existence through non-hierarchical social relationships and mutually supportive networks”.