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History of inclusive design in the UK

John Clarkson, P and Coleman, R (2015) History of inclusive design in the UK. Applied Ergonomics, 46. pp. 235-247. ISSN 0003-6870

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The UK Design Council describes Inclusive Design as neither a new genre of design, nor a separate specialism, but as a general approach to designing in which designers ensure that their products and services address the needs of the widest possible audience, irrespective of age or ability. Inclusive Design (also known [in Europe] as Design for All and as Universal Design in the USA) is in essence the inverse of earlier approaches to designing for disabled and elderly people as a sub-set of the population, and an integral part of a more recent international trend towards the integration of older and disabled people in the mainstream of society. This paper describes the development of Inclusive Design in the UK, from its early beginnings, through its subsequent adoption as a topic of academic research, leading to its recent emergence embodied as a framework and toolkit for design.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inclusive Design Universal Design Aging Disabled Persons Environment Design Equipment Design Ergonomics History, 20th Century History, 21st Century Humans Internationality Translational Medical Research United Kingdom
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 00:32
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.002