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Promoting participation through the universal design of built environments: making it happen

Watchorn, Valerie, Larkin, Helen E., Hitch, Danielle and Ang, Susan 2014, Promoting participation through the universal design of built environments: making it happen, Journal of social inclusion, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 65-88.

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Title Promoting participation through the universal design of built environments: making it happen
Author(s) Watchorn, Valerie
Larkin, Helen E.
Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle orcid.org/0000-0003-2798-2246
Ang, Susan
Journal name Journal of social inclusion
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 65
End page 88
Total pages 24
Publisher Griffith University, School of Human Services and Social Work
Place of publication Meadowbrook, Qld.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1836-8808
Keyword(s) Universal design
architecture
occupational therapy
built environments
barriers
facilitators
inter-professional education
Summary Environmental design is a determinant of social inclusion and people’s participation in life roles. Design that does not cater for a diverse range of ages, abilities and cultures restricts people’s access to, and use of, domestic or public premises. Universal design is an approach that acknowledges diversity of populations and encourages designers to create objects and places that are usable by the greatest majority of users. Although there are potential benefits to the widest application of universal design within society, such application is not mandatory within Australia. This paper presents findings from an Australian qualitative study that explored universal design as a means of facilitating greater environmental access for all. The views of experts working within the field of architecture and environmental access were explored regarding factors that restrict or facilitate application of universal design to the design of built environments. Study findings revealed a number of themes relating to factors that may restrain, ‘what’s holding us back?’ and factors that may facilitate application of universal design, ‘making it happen’. These findings have direct relevance to those involved in the planning and design of built environments, policy developers and educators.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920413 Social Structure and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Griffith University, School of Human Services and Social Work
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074604

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