Towards an inclusive future
Architects, designers, planners – most built environment professionals – can and do play a critical role in creating inclusive buildings and places, as do clients, developers and building owners. An increasing number of initiatives are looking at new ways of teaching, learning and practising the art of inclusive design – some are highlighted. Better understanding of the issues, better education and training and the direct involvement of disabled people can all help overcome these fears and result in more accessible and inclusive schemes. Encouraging clients to appoint access consultants, and to involve disabled people from the start of the project through to completion, helps the professionals involved in delivering the scheme increase their inclusive design knowledge, skills and understanding. The Disabled Residents Team and the scheme’s design team are examining how well the co-production process embedded inclusive design principles into the project.