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Dementia : an investigation into whether the current process of identifying reasonable adjustment to buildings by access audit is consistent for all disabilities

McLean, SN 2016, 'Dementia : an investigation into whether the current process of identifying reasonable adjustment to buildings by access audit is consistent for all disabilities' , Journal of Building Appraisal, 5 (1) . (In Press)

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Abstract

This is part of an investigation by the author, which looks at disabled access to goods and services, to assess whether current legislation, policing of that legislation and the processes adopted to facilitate the terms of the legislation are delivering as intended. Signs of dementia are often hidden, but they meet Equality Act definitions for being a disability. Dementia creates conditions which can make the use of buildings difficult. Having established the statutory position for providing equal access to goods and services, the paper looks at the building block of any access strategy, the access audit. Access audit templates are often used to undertake the survey part of an access strategy. These often refer directly to guide documents and standards. The paper investigates whether these templates, guides and standards contain the specific checklist items required to specifically provide equal access for those living with dementia. The paper looks at some of the most commonly used guide documents and templates, against a specific checklist for dementia, to see how the required adjustments are included. The research concludes by access auditing buildings against the dementia checklist. The buildings have been significantly adjusted to offer enhanced disability access. The audit will establish if core adjustments for dementia are included amongst those measures. Unfortunately the paper concludes by noting that in these case studies, they mostly have not.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Building Appraisal
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1742-8262
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: SN McLean
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 11:59
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 14:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38738

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