Planning for disabled people in New Osbaldwick

Virginia Shaw, Mark Baggley and Alison Jarvis

This study explores what might help disabled people settle most easily into a new community.

The review uses two approaches to meeting the needs of disabled people – the social model of disability, and the seven foundations of independent living – as a framework for making recommendations about the planning of ‘New Osbaldwick’, the Foundation’s planned new community on the edge of York. The review argues that, taking an inclusive approach to all impairments, and using prevalence rates within the general population, assumptions can be made about the numbers of wheelchair users, people with learning difficulties and mental health problems and so on. This has implications for all aspects of life in New Osbaldwick – including buildings, information, and community facilities.

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