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Exploring the relationship between disability and architecture

IO: inside out
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Aims and objectives

Building on creativity

Inside Out exists to engage with educators, architects and planners to develop equality, creativity and innovation. Arts Council England South East, Diablo and Dada-South in partnership with disabled artists are well equipped to engage with architects, educators and planners to develop equality in the built environment. They aim to provide effective interaction and opportunities for expansion and development within professional practice. Inside Out is key to these developments. We want the people concerned with shaping the built environment to get involved and support us in developing the site as a practical and accessible resource and forum for debate. We acknowledge that the built environment needs to reflect disabled peoples needs and perspectives. This is particularly true as demographics show that people are living longer and that the numbers of disabled people will increase significantly. Disability and deaf arts provide a platform for disabled people to reclaim their identity and ensure disabled people control what is being produced and seen. It is often the first step in challenging negative perceptions, such as notions of tragedy and worthlessness. To prevent exclusion, architects need to become aware of the needs of the current and emerging population of disabled people. It is now the law to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. However, the law is of no consequence if the people who are applying it in the built environment are not fully aware of the consequences of what they are doing. Architects, planners and educators have such a pivotal role in managing the way the environment is built and perceived. If they use the skills of disabled artists to broaden their area of expertise and enhance their work, they will become leaders in their field. Ultimately architects in collaboration with disabled artists and other partners hold the key to full inclusion for disabled people. By using the creative skills of disabled artists linked with the creative skills of architects we can provide a fuller insight into how the key can be turned to lead and shape innovation within the built environment.

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