Edited transcript from live captioning of Chris Nicholls’ presentation.
Synopsis:Chris discusses the design and construction of his family home from the perspective of a wheelchair user. He outlines some of the problems with applying standards such as AS1428 in homes and explains why some design features, which are often referred to as disability features, are not necessarily needed by every wheelchair user or person with a disability. He also explains which features were important and why. The slideshow has many instructive photographs.
Noelle Hudson’s edited transcript from the live captioning.
Synopsis: Noelle outlines her research at local government level in Queensland to find out the degree of support for introducing universal design in housing. There were some surprising results with some councils being supportive, but changing their minds later on, and others that were against it. Noelle provides some insights into some of the local government thinking on this topic in Queensland.
From Adaptable to Universal Design: Implications for housing usability, marketability, and innovation
Dr Joanne Quinn provided an overview of the research on various approaches to inclusive design – adaptable, universal, flexible, visitable, and the newer Livable Housing Design Guidelines. She discusses the pros and cons of each.
The transcript is not publicly available due to research publication restrictions.
Assoc Prof Lisa Stafford‘s presentation is titled, “Where are all the children? Positioning children, young people with a disability and their families in the universal design agenda”.
Synopsis: Much of the discourse around universal design assumes an adult perspective and consequently children are left out and become invisible in the designs. Lisa argues that we must include children, including those with a disability and their families if we are to truly be representative in our policies and practices in universal design, and not consider them as an afterthought.
Edited transcript of Bec Hoand Justine Perkins presentation.
Synopsis: Including children with a disability in outdoor play is possible with some careful design planning. All children benefit from learning through play and using outdoor activities to socialise and interact with each other regardless of their level of capability. Bec and Justine provide insightful case studies and an overview of the Touched by Olivia Foundation.
Richard Bowman adopts an alien excluded perspective to outline the issues associated with the design and auditing of slip resistant facilities. He says that slips are often misreported and thus overrepresented as a cause of falls, where many such falls are not necessarily associated with slippery surfaces. There are many factors to consider in preventing slip-initiated falls and not all of these can be captured in an industry standard. Cleaning materials and wear and tear over time all contribute to the complexity of the challenge of providing adequately sustainable slip resistant inclusive access.
Abstract: The Goldilocks principle dictates that liveable housing should have flooring that is just right. In terms of slip resistance this means not too slippery and not too rough (so as to be difficult to clean or likely to cause stumbles). This enlightened view runs contrary to some safety experts, who simply believe that specifying greater slip resistance is the effective panacea. People want to live in safe homely environments, not with senselessly mandated semi-industrial flooring. Continue reading Slip Resistance According to Goldilocks
Geoff Barker’s presentation highlights the importance of community engagement and involvement. Using a case study of a project in the Northern Territory with the local Aboriginal people he shows how careful planning, and involvement in all stages from initial concept to implementation, is important for the success of a project.
Transcript from the live captioning of Guy Luscombe’s presentation.
Guy outlines his research in Europe which included engagement with older residents in care settings and found some unexpected results. He was looking for innovative buildings for housing and care for older people. Large windows was an unexpected finding and he goes on to discuss why this might be one of the most desirable features, among others, for older people.
Synopsis: Dr Craddock’s presentation covers the importance of using consistent terminology when discussing and researching aspects of universal design and supports the use of the term “universal design” as defined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Also essential to the ongoing success of universal design is finding champions within government and industry. Continue reading Universal Design as a Public Good: can it deliver?