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Disability inclusion

RIBA aims to engage regarding visible and invisible disabilities. It highlights the value that individuals living with a disability or diagnosed mental health condition can bring, as well as neurodiversity, and supporting individuals to reach their full potential.  

  • Neurodiversity and architecture: how practices can create supportive environments, March 2022
    Read about how two architects share their experiences of living with different neurodivergent conditions, in celebration of Neurodiversity Celebration Week.

  • RIBA supports Neurodiversity Celebration Week, March 2022 
    Find resources, events and online seminars, in celebration of Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022. 

  • ‘Disrupted by Design’: Call for expressions of interest in hosting a deaf or disabled artist in residence, March 2022
    The DisOrdinary Architecture Project promotes new models of practice for the built environment, led by the creativity and experiences of disabled and Deaf artists. They are seeking expressions of interest from architecture practices, cultural institutions and universities interested in collaborating on their upcoming project.

  • Accessible architecture? How today’s inclusive spaces can help solve 200 years of accessible design challenges
    Revisiting RIBA Collections, Ed Warner, Founder and CEO of the accessible design business Motionspot and Government Access Ambassador for Accessible Products and Spaces, look at how modern day inclusive principles can help solve the decades of accessible design challenges evidenced in the collections.

  • Deaf Gain, disability and rethinking design, November 2022
    Read about the Deaf Gain, disability and rethinking design in November 2022, hosted by Deaf architects Chris Laing and Richard Dougherty, who spoke about their creative approach to designing an inclusive festival pavilion. Find out more about The DisOrdinary Architecture Project, which promotes new models of practice for the built environment, led by the creativity and experiences of disabled and Deaf artists.

  • Where to start in addressing neurodiversity in your designs, December 2021
    Learn mind-friendly design approaches. Access and inclusion consultants Stephanie Kyle and Steven Maslin explain the impacts of colours, acoustics and other factors on neurodiverse building users.

  • RIBA responds to National Disability Strategy, July 2021
    Our response to the National Disability Strategy, which sets out actions the Government will take to improve the everyday lives of all disabled people.

  • “Accessibility requirements must become standard for new homes” – RIBA urges government to update the Building Regulations, December 2020 
    Our response to the government consultation on accessible housing.

  • Accessible hotel design competition returns with wider remit, October 2017.
    Read about the 2017 hotel design competition, funded by Bespoke Access Awards.

    RIBA Books:
    How to be an Inclusive Designer by Julie Fleck
    The Access Audit Handbook 3e by CAE
    Stairs, Ramps and Escalators: Inclusive Design Guidance
    All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture: Towards the Future of Social Change


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