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By Rob Imrie

This ebook considers the interrelationships among incapacity and housing layout with a spotlight at the function of coverage in addressing the housing wishes of disabled humans. The e-book will set out a few of the broader debates in regards to the nature of housing, caliber and layout: in what methods is household layout and structure implicated in inhibiting or facilitating mobility and circulation of individuals; what's the nature of presidency legislation and coverage with regards to the layout of domestic environments. up to now there's very little wisdom concerning the variety of techniques to available layout in housing nor how some distance guidelines and practices are sufficient or no longer in developing obtainable domestic environments. This ebook will cross a way to deal with this shortfall in wisdom.

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In turn, impairment is often understood as illness and a health issue, rather than a social construction or part of physiology that, in interaction with pejorative societal attitudes and processes, renders the body disabled. 3 Dwellings having features or adaptations making them more suitable for use by disabled people, 2001. (a) Dwellings in England with ramped access. (b) Dwellings in England with a WC adapted for use by disabled people Source: ODPM, 2002. 18,000 Yes 16,000 No 14,000 Total 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0 Private flats Social flats All flats Private houses Social houses All houses Social houses All houses Dwelling types (b) 20,000 Numbers of dwellings, 000s 20 18,000 Yes 16,000 No 14,000 Total 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0 Private flats Social flats All flats Private houses Dwelling types discount the significance of impairment in influencing aspects of the lives of disabled people (see also Imrie, 2004b; C.

Impairment, as far as technical flexibility is concerned, is regarded as something to be overcome or to be eradicated, rather than to be accepted as an intrinsic feature or part of a person and their identity. In this sense, technical flexibility, as a potential basis for the development and propagation of housing quality, is likely to be limited. 5 Seeking to enhance housing quality In seeking to move beyond static and reductionist conceptions of housing quality, a range of writers, such as Habraken (1972) and Turner (1976), note that the quality of dwellings is related to much more than physical or technical design criteria.

Likewise, the Parker Morris standards distinguished between ‘family’ and ‘other’ types of accommodation and, as Milner and Madigan (2004: 731) note, ‘disabled people were considered to deviate from normative assumptions of the average family to such an extent that they were not even included under the category of “other” accommodation in the report’, and consequentially they were rendered invisible. Such indignities are also evident in the technical and other standards set by private builders through the auspices of the NHBC.

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