It’s not just about wheelchairs

Front cover of the bookWheelchair users have been centre stage when it comes to accessibility, even though there is some way to go when it comes to full inclusion. But now other groups are now being considered in the quest for accessibility and inclusion. People with sensory and cognitive impairments, particularly dementia, are attracting more attention, even if it is only in the research literature. “Inclusive Design” by Karim Hadjri, Yasemin Afacan, Tulika Gadakari, tackle this aspect of design and argue, as with all other inclusive design features, that it needs to be embedded in the early stages of design. The chapter unexpectedly appears in ZEMCH: Toward the Delivery of Zero Energy Mass Custom Homes, and is available from SpringerLink. At least it is good to see the topic nestling between chapters on passive design and energy efficiency.

Abstract: This chapter will explain and discuss the principles, role and importance of Inclusive Design particularly in the context of an ageing society. It will review the changing and complex user needs and requirements through case studies and current work of leading organizations. Current standards used in the UK and elsewhere will be reviewed to establish whether they need to take into account sensory and cognitive impairments into consideration. So far, these have not been fully accepted by industry and practice and more needs to be done by policy makers. Findings of recent research on users’ needs and requirements will be reviewed to highlight the needs for more inclusivity in the design of the built environment. Additionally, barrier-free design and Inclusive Design will be further examined to assess the use of technology in embedding accessibility during the design stage. This chapter will allow students, lecturers and designers to understand the value and purpose of Inclusive Design and its potential to provide an accessible and age-friendly built environment.

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