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Focusing on disability and access in the built environment

Disability & Society

Author: Imrie, R., Kumar, M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1998


This paper provides a documentation and discussion of the diverse experiences that different disabled people have with regards to access in the built environment. It begins by outlining the various ways in which disabled people's access needs and requirements are articulated in public policies and practices towards the development and regulation of the built environment. As the material indicates, disabled people's needs are poorly articulated and/or represented in the design and development of the built environment while the regulatory controls which oversee disabled people's access are weak. In the second part of the paper, disabled people's values, attitudes and practices towards access in the built environment are discussed by referring to the findings of focus group research. The material shows that many disabled people feel estranged and oppressed by facets of the built environment and generally feel powerless to do anything about it. We conclude by suggesting a number of ways of interconnecting the design and implementation of public policy towards the built environment with the daily lived experiences of disabled people.

Further Details

Alt Title: Disabil. Soc.
Full Title: Disability & Society
Pages: 357-374
Volume: 13
Issue: 3
Accession Number: December, 2010
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: United Kingdomhousing improvementmobilitylegislation compliancepolicy compliance
Reads: 303