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Barrier-free design: a review and critique of the occupational therapy perspective

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Author: Cooper, B. A., Cohen, U., Hasselkus, B. R.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1991


This review of the occupational therapy literature on barrier-free design identifies both a paucity of related occupational therapy research on the topic and a lack of a common conceptual base with which to guide the development and use of environmental assessments. Two fledgling themes can be discerned: the consistent reference to the concepts of accessibility, mobility, function, and safety and an increasing awareness amongst occupational therapists regarding the accessibility standards developed by the National Standards Institute (ANSI). A problem solving model suggested by designers for the 1979 revision of ANSI standards that incorporates these conceptual themes is described and discussed.

Further Details

Publish Dates: April 1991
Full Title: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy
Pages: 344-350
Volume: 45
Issue: 4
Accession Number: 20.11.02
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 12/07/2013
Keywords: designsafety improvementregulation complianceArchitectural Accessibilityenvironmental designLiterature review
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