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Author Archives: James Davidson

Access and navigation of the visually impaired users in the retail industry (shopping malls)

Added on 8th August, 2017. By James Davidson.

What is the purpose of this investigation? The purpose of this investigation is to study the patterns of the visually impaired visiting the retail and shopping industry and the barriers and difficulties that they face. As the project being investigation of the visually impaired navigation in the retail industry (shopping malls),  the questionnaire should be…

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Launch Of Online Housing Guide For Visually Impaired People Looking For A New Home

Added on 12th July, 2017. By James Davidson.

Leading sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)  has developed an innovative online housing guide designed to assist younger adults with visual impairment find a new home. The Housing guide for people with sight loss  – launched today – provides information and advice for visually impaired people who are looking for a new home, seeking…

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Call On Scottish Government To Seize Once In A Generation Opportunity To Tackle Accessible Housing Crisis

Added on 21st June, 2017. By James Davidson.

Launching “Our Place: Our Space”, a report into the housing needs of disabled people, Inclusion Scotland has today called for the Scottish Government to seize the opportunity presented by their plan to build 50,000 new homes, by ensuring that they are built to be fully wheelchair accessible, or easily adapted to be so. Evidence of…

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Place Standard tool

Added on 23rd May, 2017. By James Davidson.

NHS Health Scotland, with colleagues in the Scottish Government and Architecture & Design Scotland, have created a tool to support communities to design their place. It is called the Place Standard. We have evaluated how it has been used in the first year of implementation. We have also created a short animated film on it.…

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Changing Places Toilets campaign

Added on 27th April, 2017. By James Davidson.

Both Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel (FADAP) and Renfrewshire Access Panel (RAP) are leading the way amongst Access Panels in the Campaign for Changing Places Toilets. Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.  People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such…

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Disability and the built environment inquiry

Added on 25th April, 2017. By James Davidson.

The Women and Equalities Committee says the Government must act to lead the charge in improving access and inclusion in the built environment. This should include public procurement, fiscal initiatives and transparently modelling best practice – and bringing the full range of work on improving access and inclusion in the built environment into a coherent and…

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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

Added on 16th March, 2017. By James Davidson.

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, has launched the 2017 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning. Details on submitting an application for SAQP2017 plus both the Personal Achievement in Planning and People’s Choice Awards are available athttps://blogs.gov.scot/planning-architecture/about-us/scottish-awards-for-quality-in-planning/.  You will also be able to find information on the past three years award winners…

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Blackwood Accessible Housing

Added on 2nd March, 2017. By James Davidson.

The development of six innovative homes is set to transform the lives of disabled people in Dundee. The accessible homes are designed and created by Blackwood, a leading national Housing and Care provider specialising in homes and care services for people with disabilities. The innovative houses aim to set new standard of accessibility by combining technology, modern construction and engagement to…

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Disabled Access Day 2017

Added on 21st February, 2017. By James Davidson.

Disabled Access Day is returning for its third year in March 2017, and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever! The event is powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app; so, when you search for what’s on below, you’ll be taken to event listings on the Euan’s Guide website.…

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New Cases study: The Homelands Trust Fife – Accessible lodges

Added on 4th January, 2017. By James Davidson.

We recently published a new case study on the Inclusive Design Hub that was provided by The Homelands Trust Fife about their accessible lodges. The Homelands Trust-Fife is a Scottish, registered charity (SC027281) based in Lundin Links, Fife. Some years ago. local lady, Miss Isabel Paxton, left her estate, “Homelands”, to charity for the benefit…

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Design for the Mind

Added on 14th December, 2016. By James Davidson.

Research is currently underway that will enable the development of the first British Standards Institute (BSI) guidelines for designing for people who can be classed as neurodivergent: a term that encompasses a range of conditions, such as dementia, autism, dyspraxia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The guidelines are likely to cover four distinct areas: spatial…

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Inclusive Design Q&A with Jackie Maceira, SDEF Convener

Added on 27th November, 2016. By James Davidson.

What does Inclusive Design mean to you? “Inclusive Design ensures that everybody is included and nobody is excluded from society” How inclusive is the built environment in Scotland? “Many buildings in Scotland were designed and built without disabled people in mind. We now must ensure that all new buildings in Scotland are designed to be…

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Shared Spaces are continuing to be piloted and rolled out in town centres across the UK.  But how safe are they?

Added on 9th November, 2016. By James Davidson.

The concept which is originates from Holland, is based on the idea that a lack of obvious rules around priority instils a sense of citizenship and ‘other awareness’. In theory, this does make sense—we are, in today’s society of regulations, control and applied safety measures, less vigilant of potential dangers through our expectation that there…

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Inclusive Design Q&A with Pat McGuigan, SDEF Director

Added on 28th October, 2016. By James Davidson.

 What does Inclusive Design mean to you? “Inclusive Design leads to a more inclusive society and reduced social exclusion”  How inclusive is the built environment in Scotland? “In my lifetime there has been big improvements in accessibility in Scotland, however we are still far from calling the built environment ‘inclusive’. In particular there is a…

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Getting it Right First Time Around

Added on 28th October, 2016. By James Davidson.

Whilst the practicalities of creating inclusive spaces adds another dimension to the planning and design of buildings, this should not make accessibility a luxury as it still often does.  Building Standards outline the responsibilities of planners in 4.1 of ‘Access to Buildings’: ‘An inclusive approach to design should be taken to ensure that buildings are…

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Breaking News! Shared Spaces

Added on 20th October, 2016. By James Davidson.

Evening Standard Press Release Roads shared by pedestrians, cyclists and drivers ‘cause chaos,’ government report finds “Free-for-all” road share schemes designed to declutter streets by removing pavements and crossings are causing chaos, government ministers have warned. A Conservative peer has argued that the Nordic-style road design, seen on Exhibition Road in London, is putting cyclists…

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Disability Roadshow – Inclusive Design

Added on 4th August, 2016. By James Davidson.

Scottish  Disability Equality Forum and Cumnock & Doon Valley Access Panel  would like your views on the challenges you experience with housing and adaptations. We would also like to share with you our new Inclusive Design Hub. The Disability Roadshow event will take place on 20 September 2016, 1pm-3pm in Netherthird Community Education Centre, to find out…

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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

Added on 15th May, 2016. By James Davidson.

SAQP awards are one of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious events to acknowledge achievements in planning – ranging from strategic visions to new settlements. Its aim is to recognise the hard work being carried out by, and within, the planning profession. Exciting changes to the SAQP This year marks an exciting opportunity to enter into 3…

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Festival of Architecture 2016

Added on 14th April, 2016. By James Davidson.

The Festival of Architecture is a year-long event that celebrates the best of Scottish architecture. Curated by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), the festival is key part of the Scottish Government’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. The RIAS is working with over 100 partners and funders across the public and…

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New ePlanning.scot service launches

Added on 10th April, 2016. By James Davidson.

ePlanning.scot was launched in January 2016 and it replaces the ePlanning Scotland portal which had been in operation since 2009. The online service lets individuals, architects and agents submit and manage planning applications, notices of reviews, and appeals to planning authorities across Scotland. The revamped ePlanning.scot includes new mapping tools as well as additional forms…

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The Place Standard Tool – How Good Is Our Place?

Added on 5th April, 2016. By James Davidson.

The Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have developed the Place Standard tool to help evaluate the quality of a place. The tool supports collaborative working by providing a framework for structured conversations to occur. This can allow communities and the public and private sectors to work together to achieve sustainable…

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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

Added on 28th March, 2016. By James Davidson.

The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, running from 1 January to 31 December will celebrate the richness of Scotland’s beautiful built heritage, culture and environment, alongside the contemporary and cutting edge designs of today. From textiles and technology, to architecture, fashion and design, the year-long programme will shine the spotlight on Scotland’s greatest…

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