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Bringing inclusive design into built environment education

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has published a Teaching and Learning Briefing Guide called; ‘Bringing Inclusive Design into Built Environment Education.’ It aims to support educators equip students and practitioners with the confidence to deliver inclusive buildings, places and spaces in their future professional lives.  It draws on the current work of the Design Council, the previous work of the Centre for Education on the Building Environment (CEBE) at the Higher Education Academy and the excellent work taking place at many universities and colleges and by other educators in the UK who are already embedding inclusive design into the education of built environment professionals.

The guide is commended by the Minister of State for Disabled People and the Minister of State for Housing and Planning who in the Foreword said:

‘A systematic change in the education and training of built environment professionals, along with employers becoming ‘Disability Confident’ will help change the lives of the millions of disabled people.  If our buildings, places and spaces are built with access needs for all in mind, disabled people can then retain their independence, contribute fully to society and the economy and live fulfilling lives.  We commend this guide to all in the higher education sector and those involved in continuing professional development programmes – it is another great help in raising the profile of inclusive design.’