Urban Street Design Guide – Book Review

Journal of Planning coverBook reviews can provide useful information in their own right. The link to this review in the Journal of Planning, Education and Research only gives the first page as the full version requires library access or payment to access. However, it provides sufficient insights to the book to show that this is a comprehensive guide for anyone involved in street design.

 

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Physical Access and Sport

Access-for-all-publication-211x300An accessible and inclusive sports club sometimes requires a few physical adjustments to buildings, but more than anything it needs some forward planning and continuing commitment.
You can download the English Federation of Sport guide from the Centre for Accessible Environments website – free publications section.

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Brothels: Weighing Disability Access, Dignity and Safety

No-Disabled-Access-Brothel-StairsThis article discusses the movement for equal access to sex workers, and gives some basic tips for designing brothels for access by people with disability. The point is made that both sex workers and people with disability are marginalised when it comes to relationships. The film “The Sessions” based on a true story and starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt was a breakthrough in changing attitudes about people with disabilities engaging in sexual activity.
With the roll out of the NDIS, it is likely that more brothels will need to make themselves accessible. The article has links to other online references. 

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Hearing Loops

hearing-loop-headerThis brochure is not just advertising – it has some useful information about hearing loops and a simple explanation of how they work and why they are preferred by people who are hearing impaired and wear hearing aids.

The best way to test a system to see if it is working is to ask someone who is wearing a hearing aid with a ‘T’ switch. Printacall is one company that has a technical manager who wears such a hearing aid. This seems the only way to be sure that the system is connected properly, switched on and functioning. Too many systems fail to work even when technicians claim they do.

Download the brochure here

Download the Signage guide for hearing augmentation

Go to Printacall’s website for more useful information on the various types of systems.

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UD and 40 Principles of TRIZ

Homes for Strong Families, Children, Seniors and All Others. How Universal Design, Design for All and Forty Principles of TRIZ Enforce Each Other.

This short paper by Kalevi Rantanen shows how to combine the principles of universal design and design-for-all with the 40 principles of TRIZ. It gives another perspective on how to apply the principles of universal design in a problem solving context.

The 40 Principles of TRIZ are a list of simple, and easy to learn rules for solving technical and non-technical problems quickly and simply. Studying these existing solutions can inspire people to solve new problems and imagine innovative solutions. They show how and where others have successfully eliminated contradictions and take us to the proven, powerful recorded solutions contained in the patent database. These 40 Inventive Principles may be used to help solve both technical and non-technical problems. 

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The Why’s of Access Handbook

IATA Whys of AccessThis handbook provides some of the reasoning behind the Australian Standards for Access and Mobility. This is a much needed guide because the overarching principles of universal design (universalising design to be inclusive) has not yet reached the collective consciousness of the design or construction disciplines. Consequently mistakes are made and errors allowed to stand because the understanding of why it needs to be “just so” is lacking. 

Go to the IATA website and download the handbook.

 

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Universal design principles for Australia’s aid program

DFAT UD guidelines

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stipulates that all overseas aid programs must follow the Principles of Universal Design. They have produced a comprehensive guide to all types of development projects including water, health, education and the built environment. It is useful to see how thinking universally about design can produce such a clear guide to inclusive practice and accessibility. 

Download the document here.

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