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The role of access groups in facilitating accessible environments for disabled people.

Disability & Society

Author: Imrie, R.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1999


This paper considers the contrasting ways in which disabled people seek to overturn socio-attitudinal, political and physical barriers to their mobility and access requirements in the built environment. In particular, the paper documents how disabled people are attempting to influence the form and content of local authority access practices and policies in the UK, through the context and contours of access groups. I begin by briefly outlining some of the key factors inhibiting and facilitating disabled people organising as effective political groupings, relating the material to access issues in the built environment. Then, using case studies of two contrasting access groups, the paper explores some of the practical barriers, problems and opportunities connected to disabled people's activities in seeking to influence local authority access policies and practices. I conclude by discussing how some of the wider structural and agency-level constraints on disabled people's political and policy interventions in access issues might be removed.

Further Details

Full Title: Disability & Society
Pages: 463-482
Volume: 14
Issue: 4
Accession Number: December, 2010
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: United Kingdommobilitypolicy compliance
Reads: 147