Beyond reasonable adjustment: autistic-friendly spaces and Universal Design

Milton, Damian and Martin, Nicola and Melham, Pauline (2016) Beyond reasonable adjustment: autistic-friendly spaces and Universal Design. In: Milton, Damian and Martin, Nicola, eds. Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in Adults. A Pavilion Annual 2017, 1 . Pavilion Press, Hove, UK, pp. 81-86. ISBN 978-1-911028-09-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Universal Design (UD) is arguably preferable to design based on ‘the mythical norm’ or ‘the myth of the average’ (as described in this chapter), which is supplemented later by ‘reasonable adjustments’ to assist people who ‘do not conform’. Rose et al (2006) emphasise the pragmatic nature of the UD approach to eliminating barriers via initial design, rather than trying to overcome them subsequently through individual adaptation. Principles of UD originated from the field of architecture and environmental design and were taken up within education as Universal Design for Learning (UDL). By planning to meet diverse requirements, UD is an integrative holistic approach that is for everyone’s benefit, rather than an inefficient system of multiple individual adjustments fitted retrospectively to try and solve access issues.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Universal Design, Mythical norm
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2545.A1 Architecture and people with disabilites > NA2545.M4 People with mental disabilities
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC553.A88 Autism. Asperger's syndrome
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 06:54 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 11:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62645 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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