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Improving Access and Inclusion in the Built Environment Seminar

Access Association logo with a view of Carrs Lane Conference Centre in the background

This year our seminar on 5th October 2017 was attended by over 90 people and included:

  • the progress that has been made in the last year in terms of access and inclusion
  • emerging areas of inclusive design, new research and guidance
  • potential future developments- in the form of the recommendations of the House of Commons Women and Equalities select committee

The seminar highlighted the importance of doing inclusive design accurately and well- in terms of the impact this has on our diverse population, and that it is essential to have an appreciation of that diversity to do this. It is necessary to ensure that the industry has moved on from ‘access for disabled people and adaptations’ to an inclusive design approach, to avoid alterations which are medical and institutional in appearance and provide a separate and segregated solution for people who require them. Inclusive design should be seamless and invisible, creating a built environment which suits everyone. Practitioners and professionals need to think, question and challenge traditional long held approaches and views in order to do this effectively.

Thanks to our speakers:

  • Professor Anna Lawson from the University of Leeds
  • Sean Gilroy and Leena Haque from the BBC
  • Rob Turpin from the British Standards Institution
  • Luke Turner from the Department for Communities and Local Government

Thanks to all our sponsors who made the seminar possible.