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International best practices in universal design : a global review

CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Eds
March 2007

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This comprehensive research document is a global review comparing accessibility standards for the built environment. In addition to providing 31 essential design elements, it features photographic examples highlighting best practices. This extensive resource, with accompanying CD-ROM, compares building codes and standards throughout the world, including those experiencing extensive rebuilding following war torn or internal conflict. Intended for technical experts, this resource would be useful for anyone interested in accessibility, inclusion and disability and development

Universal design and visitability : from accessibility to zoning

NASAR, Jack L., EVANS-COWLEY, Jennifer
Eds
2007

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This book is a collection of best practices gathered from an international conference on universal design. It features guiding principles, statistics and examples of universal design. This comprehensive book offers detailed chapters on the following key issues: principles of universal design; inclusive housing and neighbourhoods; architecture and spatial cognition without sight; and research and teaching of accessibility. It features case studies in Brazil, Thailand, Norway and Maryland, USA. This book would be useful for those interested in universal design, accessibility, and disability and development

Infrastructure for all : meeting the needs of both men and women in development projects|A practical guide for engineers, technicians and project managers

REED, Brian
COATES, Sue
PARRY-JONES, Sarah
et al
2007

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This book provides information to help engineers, technicians and project managers ensure that the facilities they design and build are beneficial to all members of society. Using examples, especially related to water and sanitation, the book highlights the need for social analysis and gender analysis to improve the design, implementation and use of infrastructure. It would be useful for engineers, technicians and project managers interested in infrastructure development in low- and middle-income countries

Accessible environments

BELL, Janet A
2004

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This booklet summarises the main architectural aspects that can make museums more accessible. Although it has been produced for the UK, the main principles are relevant to a wider audience. It covers: removing barriers, legislation and guidance; environmental barriers to access; good practice in environmental access; and policy and practice. The Disability Portfolio is a collection of 12 guides on how best to meet the needs of disabled people as users and staff in museums, archives and libraries. It gives advice, information and guidance to help overcome barriers and follow good practice

Outreach and partnerships

SARGENT, Linda
2004

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Accessibility does not lead automatically to an inclusive society. Disabled people must be involved in all activities. This guide gives museums and libraries some ideas on how they can improve their outreach to disabled people. Although it has been produced for the UK, it is also relevant for other countries

Consulting disabled people

PLAYFORTH, Sarah
2004

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Disabled people must be consulted and involved in all activities concerning accessibility and inclusion. In this booklet a short definition for key principles prepares the explanation for planning and methodology. Although it has been produced for the UK, the content is relevant to a wider audience

Employment at every level

DELIN, Annie
2004

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Museums and libraries have to be enabled to employ disabled people. This guidebook gives employers some ideas on how to include disabled people in their human resources. Although it has been produced for the UK, it is also relevant for other countries

The comprehensive national disability policy in Afghanistan : submitted to Minister of Martyrs and Disabled Kabul

MINISTRY OF MARTYRS AND DISABLED
October 2003

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In August 2003 the government of Afghanistan gathered a group of experts, government officials, and national and international NGOs to develop a disability policy for Afghanistan. The result reflects the complex situation of Afghanistan which is devastated by civil war, extreme religious movements, drug production and poverty. This policy is the attempt to mainstream disability into all aspects of Afghan society and life. The document briefly describes the situation in Afghanistan, sets it into the national and international context and outlines the major policy issues. It will be of interest to NGOs and researchers.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

WEISEN, Marcus
2003

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This brochure briefly explains the UK DDA. It summarises the major points, how it influences the legislation in the UK and how it contributes to accessibility and inclusion in the UK. Although it has been produced for the UK, it is also relevant for other countries

Inclusive information

PLAYFORTH, Sarah
2003

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Accessible information is important for an inclusive society and its organisations. Inclusive Information goes beyond sign language and Braille. It means that texts and publications have to be produced in an easy to understand way. Although it has been produced for the UK, it is also relevant for other countries

Biwako millennium framework for action towards an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (UNESCAP)
January 2003

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Provides information on the Biwako Framework that was adopted in 2002. The document sets out a draft regional framework for action that provides regional policy recommendations for action by governments in the region and concerned stakeholders to achieve an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for disabled people. The regional framework for action explicitly incorporates the millennium development goals and their relevant targets to ensure that concerns relating to disabled people become an integral part of efforts to achieve the goals

Inclusive information [large print version]

PLAYFORTH, Sarah
2003

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Accessible information is important for an inclusive society and its organisations. Inclusive Information goes beyond sign language and Braille. It means that texts and publications have to be produced in an easy to understand way. Although it has been produced for the UK, it is also relevant for other countries

Disability and development : perspectives on CBR

Society for Appropriate Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SANCHAR)
September 2000

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Disability is not just a medical condition but a complex system of social restrictions emanating from discrimination. The lives of disabled people are made difficult not so much by their specific impairments, as by the way society interprets and reacts to disability

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