A big thank you to the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) for inviting me to be part of their 2023 conference: Celebrating the Future with Diversity and Inclusion. Definitely also a big thank you to my fellow panelists, Peter Malley and Nick Morris, and the Panel Chair, Kate Stapleton, for making the session such a resounding success. My contribution on 'Models of Disability' was drawn from my PhD work, Nick's contribution around Universal Design was informed by both his professional expertise as an Access Consultant and his personal experience as a long-term manual wheelchair user and Paralympian, while Peter's recent experience of becoming a wheelchair user having to deal with the realities of built environment inaccessibility, particularly in the housing space, has deepened his professional expertise and interests. Kate's ability to engage attendees and use of SLIDO further increased the value of the session. Once again, thankyou all! ... See MoreSee Less
From the article:"Global aspirations to ‘leave no one behind’ and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be implemented into local actions if we want to make sure that the obligations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are met." ... See MoreSee Less
Localization to Solve the Accessibility Crisis; Recommendations to States Parties for Immediate Action June 14, 2023 7:25 am Published by Fridah Mlemwa Humanity is facing a crisis of growing inequalit...
Accessible front doors and safe, accessible bathrooms are obviously an imperative. But being outside is also vitally important for well-being. Ageing in place is not 'set and forget', the soft infrastructure of social networks is required along with the hard infrastructure of accessible built environments. ... See MoreSee Less
Spotted while out and about recently. The 'big scale' of path, shelter, and seat provided. BUT, the 'small detail' of the shelter design/ orientation has compromised path accessibility. ... See MoreSee Less
Absolutely fabulous presentation by VEAC (Victorian Enabling Architecture Committee) chair, Belinda Seale, as part of the Institute of Architects contribution to Open House Melbourne recently. And many thanks to the Auslan interpreter as well! ... See MoreSee Less
'Hot off the presses'! Comprehensive 'Research Handbook on Disability Policy' across human rights, welfare, health and economic inclusion interweaves personal narratives and academic outputs from around the globe. Chapter 38, 'Materialising change', by Visionary Design Development Director Mary Ann Jackson (lead author) explores improving built environment accessibility at the neighbourhood scale, the subject of her PhD. ... See MoreSee Less
‘Research Handbook on Disability Policy edited by Sally Robinson and Karen Fisher is a timely and important contribution to the emerging literature on disability, human rights and social policy. Gro...
Accessible communication is a must, but is not necessarily quick or easy! I was recently reminded of this in my PhD fieldwork. Talking in-the-moment to someone onsite about the built environment barriers being faced is very different from expecting that person to comfortably read and give written feedback on the (long-winded) research report prepared after the event. ... See MoreSee Less
He's one half of much-loved comedy duo Roy and HG, but Greig Pickhaver says a diagnosis of dyslexia was both a "blessing and a curse" as he carved out a successful career "making up things on the spot...
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