The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland outlines the benefits and drivers of universal design for individuals, business, society, and in legislation and standards.
Go to their explanation on Benefits and drivers of universal design
Article by Margaret Ward and Jill Franz, published in Housing and Space: Toward Socio-Spatial Inclusion (Social Inclusion, Vol 3 No2). An Open Access Journal.
This article outlines the findings from interviews with industry personnel about incorporating the 8 features agreed in the Livable Housing Design Guidelines. This is a telling paragraph:
“In summary, when providing the eight features for visitability, the interviewees identified two themes for non-compliance (“lack of thought” and “otherness”) and three themes for compliance (“fashion”, “requirement’ and “good practice”). Although all dwellings provided some features, no dwelling provided a coherent path of travel necessary to make a dwelling visitable. Some examples of this incoherence were: a step-free driveway which led to a step at the door; a wide front door which led to a narrow corridor; and a narrow internal doorway which did not allow entry of a wheel-chair to a spacious bathroom. The provision of these access features separately and severally did not provide visitability as an outcome in any of the dwellings.
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This slideshow was presented by Jane Bringolf at the Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference held in Adelaide in November 2014. It outlines the course of the COTA NSW Liveable Communities Project and the work done with 23 councils in New South Wales.
Download the PDF Jane Bringolf AAG Conference 2014 presentation