Accessible Design in Public Housing: NYCHA Staff Training Program

Version4.0 July 9, 2001

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Basics of Accessible Design Edward Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
Contents 1. Introduction

square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   Introduction
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)  Policy Issues
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)  Site Design
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)  Building Circulation

square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)  Toilet Rooms
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)  Accessible Housing
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Note: This material was adapted from a text by Edward Steinfeld entitled A Primer on Accessible Design available from the IDEA Center.

This is an introduction to the design of accessible environments, places that are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. It provides, in an inexpensive and easy to read format, the basic foundation needed to design buildings to be free from architectural barriers or to assist others in that process. It is an appropriate text for gaining a working knowledge of the subject and is particularly useful in the professional education of architects, interior designers and other design professionals as well as rehabilitation specialists and consumer advocates. This section focuses on describing and explaining basic principles and design criteria. Although it includes a section on the history of public policy in this area, it does not provide details on accessibility standards, codes and other regulations like the UFAS. The design criteria and recommendations included here are not intended to accurately represent the provisions of standards, codes and regulations. Rather, they are based on research findings and good practice. UFAS criteria, where they differ from the recommendations here, are noted.

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