chapter  8
Inclusive domestic environments
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It seems an irony that at a time when television programmes and other media outlets in the UK are presenting housing as the ultimate consumer good, many disabled people can barely afford to rent or purchase a property that is responsive to their access, and other, requirements.1 The apparent rise of the nation’s obsession with property values, and the encouragement of consumers to search for the idyllic house in the appropriate setting, contrasts with the realities for many, in which a decent property is either unaffordable or inappropriate in meeting particular needs. For many disabled people, particularly those who use a wheelchair, most houses are impossible to get into without assistance and, even if an accessible threshold is provided, they do not provide wholly livable spaces or design features that facilitate ease of use. Rather, as previous chapters have conveyed, the design of much housing is poor by its failure to accommodate bodily impairment and the multiple, often unpredictable, ways in which people seek to use dwelling spaces.