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Accessible Housing: Quality, Disability and Design by Rob Imrie

By Rob Imrie

This e-book considers the interrelationships among incapacity and housing layout with a spotlight at the function of coverage in addressing the housing wishes of disabled humans. The ebook will set out the various broader debates concerning the nature of housing, caliber and layout: in what methods is family layout and structure implicated in inhibiting or facilitating mobility and circulation of individuals; what's the nature of presidency legislation and coverage relating to the layout of domestic environments. thus far there's very little wisdom concerning the diversity of ways to obtainable layout in housing nor how some distance regulations and practices are enough or no longer in growing obtainable domestic environments. This publication will pass a way to deal with this shortfall in wisdom.

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This observation is important because it suggests that housing quality, in a physical sense, is only one part of the basic needs of people (irrespective of whether or not they have a bodily impairment). As Harrison (2004: 701) notes, other quality considerations in relation to dwellings include the meanings and expectations vested by individuals in their homes and neighbourhoods, including social interactions with neighbours and ‘opportunities to “self manage” the residence experience’. ’s (2002) research, of vision-impaired children living in a poor neighbourhood, showed that the quality of habitation was diminished by the children’s confidence being undermined ‘by their poor living environment (including anti-social behaviour and bullying)’.

8 Maison de Verre, Paris. 9 Lifetime Home Standards. Access 1. 3 metres width. 2. The distance from the car-parking space to the home should be kept to a minimum and should be level or gently sloping. 3. The approach to all entrances should be level or gently sloping (gradients for paths should be the same as for public buildings in the Building Regulations). 4. All entrances should be illuminated and have level access over the threshold, and the main entrance should be covered. 5. Where homes are reached by a lift, it should be wheelchair accessible.

Such functioning, for Waldron (1993) and King (1996), relates to basic or necessary forms of bodily reproduction, such as urinating and sleeping, which, if not undertaken, do not permit people, as King (1996: 55) suggests, ‘to live at all’. While King’s point is, perhaps, overstated, it helps to draw attention to the potential interactions between impairment and design in circumscribing, or making difficult, the exercise of basic (bodily) functions. For instance, Sharma (2002: 17) suggests that ‘living in unsuitable accommodation causes major problems for families’.

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