Constructing reasonableness: Environmental access policy for disabled wheelchair users in four European Union countries

Roulstone, Alan and Prideaux, Simon (2009) Constructing reasonableness: Environmental access policy for disabled wheelchair users in four European Union countries. ALTER - European Journal of Disability Research / Revue Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap, 3 (4). pp. 360-377. ISSN 1875-0672

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.alter.2009.03.004

Abstract

This article aims to provide an understanding of responses to disability discrimination in the built environment within four member States of the European Union. Examples of contrasting policy constructions of “reasonableness” are provided in implementing reasonable adjustments in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Malta. The article provides a typology of policy intervention and a platform upon which an agenda of good practice can be formulated and initiated. In this respect, a primary objective is to define the parameters of what can be seen as “reasonable” in terms of accessibility for disabled people in wheelchairs and what enforcement procedures ought to be set in place to achieve the objective of equal access to the built environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Construire le « raisonnable » : les politiques environnementales d’accessibilité de quatre pays de l’Union européenne en faveur des personnes en fauteuil roulant
Uncontrolled Keywords: reasonableness, wheelchair access, policy frameworks, European Union
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work and Communities
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 09:43
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4788

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