Monday, 11 December 2006

RIAI launches new policy on Universal access to Buildings

The RIAI calls on building owners and developers to engage with architects in developing buildings which meet the highest European and international standards in accessibility

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has launched a new policy on ensuring that everybody – no matter what their level of ability or disability is – can access buildings. The launch took place on 3 December 2006 to mark International Day for People with Disabilities.


Constance said...

Disabled Toilet
Disabled = OUT OF ACTION

why is this 'negative' term used? ACCESSIBLE toilet would make much more sense or User-Friendly Toilet - Why are toilets for the disabled frequently locked in Ireland rendering 'DISABLED' in the true sense? Why is there not an accessible toilet in each of the ladies and the gents blocks? why are 'Disabled Toilets' segregated and locked and made inaccessible without a serch for a key and 'permission' from the 'key holder' to use the 'disabled toilet' - This often necessitates an explanation of why you may need it - as a person with a hidden disability who sometimes needs the use of a toilet more user-friendly than those typically found in ladies 'narrow' & 'low' loos, it is most aggravating and limits my independence - Please plan for inclusion when designing loos and allow females the dignity of being with other females and likewise with males - by all means have a segregated one too if necessary

bps planning consultants said...

Hi Constance, just reviewing the site after Xmas. I agree with you. We pay only lip service to these needs. Part M of the Irish Buildign Regs doesn't address this issue. Planners don't really control what gets designed at this level. Perhaps they should. Cheers, Brendan