04 | Designing for Specific Circumstances
Wheelchair Accessible Housing
Irish Wheelchair Association Best Practice Access Guidelines edition 3, 2014 includes guidance on designing wheelchair accessible housing and lifetime adaptable housing. Wheelchair accessible houses are purpose-designed considering the specific space and access requirements of a person using a wheelchair.
Kitchen to suit a wheelchair user
Source: Lifetime Adaptable Housing “Irish Wheelchair Association Best Practice Access Guidelines” Edition 3 2014
Where a person is a full-time wheelchair user, within the home & within the external environment, the guidance provided by the Irish Wheelchair Association should be consulted and applied.
Source: Declan Clabby & Associates Architects
REFERENCES AND WEBSITES
- Irish Wheelchair Association, (2014) (online). Best Practice Access Guidelines, Designing Accessible Environments. 3rd Edition. Available at: https://www.iwa.ie/downloads/about/iwa-access-guidelines.pdf. (Accessed August 2018). Provides guidance on designing the built environment, including housing, for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility.
Mayor of London, (2007). Wheelchair accessible housing, Designing homes that can be easily adapted for residents who are wheelchair users. Best Practice Guide, GLA. Available at: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/gla_migrate_files_destination/archives/bpg-wheelchair-acc-housing.pdf (Accessed August 2018).
Irish Wheelchair Association. (online) Available at: https://www.iwa.ie/ (Accessed August 2018). Advocates for the needs of people with physical disabilities and provides services and support.
- Habinteg. Wheelchair Housing Design Guide, 3rd edition. Available through the Habinteg website: https://www.habinteg.org.uk/whdg3
Irish Wheelchair Association