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Castell, L (2008) Adapting building design to access by individuals with intellectual disability. Construction Economics and Building, 8(01), 11-22.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Disabled access; Building Code of Australia; Disbaility Discrimination Act;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1445-2634
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB.v8i1.2994
  • Abstract:
    Over the last 15 years, since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (Commonwealth Government of Australia,1992), there has been much discussion about the extent and nature of building access for the disabled, particularly in response to proposed revisions to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the introduction of a Premises Standard covering building access. Much of the argument which contributed to the two year delay in submitting a final version of these documents for government approval related to the extent of access provisions and the burden of cost. The final version submitted to government by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) (not released publicly) appears to still contain inconsistencies between the DDA and the BCA in several areas such as wayfinding and egress. In the debate preceding submission of the final version there appears to have been little reference to access requirements for individuals with intellectual disability (ID).This may be due to a general lack of research on the topic. Consequently, this paper uses a combination of the knowledge gained from a limited number of previous wayfinding studies, literature describing general problems faced by those with ID and the authorís personal experience observing others with ID to create a list of probable difficulties and suggested solutions. The paper concludes with a discussion about the associated cost implications and benefits in providing the required access.