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Working with policy and regulatory factors to implement universal design in the built environment: the Australian experience

Larkin, Helen, Hitch, Danielle, Watchorn, Valerie and Ang, Susan 2015, Working with policy and regulatory factors to implement universal design in the built environment: the Australian experience, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 8157-8171, doi: 10.3390/ijerph120708157.

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Title Working with policy and regulatory factors to implement universal design in the built environment: the Australian experience
Author(s) Larkin, Helen
Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle orcid.org/0000-0003-2798-2246
Watchorn, Valerie
Ang, Susan
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 12
Issue number 7
Start page 8157
End page 8171
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2015-07-15
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) architecture
built environment
occupational therapy
policy
universal design
Summary Built environments that are usable by all provide opportunities for engagement in meaningful occupations. However, enabling them in day to day design processes and practice is problematic for relevant professions. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to gain greater understanding of the policy and regulatory influences that promote or hinder the uptake of universal design in built environments, to inform better future design. Focus groups or telephone interviews were undertaken with 28 key building industry and disability stakeholders in Australia. Four themes were identified: the difficulties of definition; the push or pull of regulations and policy; the role of formal standards; and, shifting the focus of design thinking. The findings highlight the complexity of working within policy and regulatory contexts when implementing universal design. Occupational therapists working with colleagues from other professions must be aware of these influences, and develop the skills to work with them for successful practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph120708157
Field of Research 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074603

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Health and Social Development
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