Enabling Environments: Measuring the Impact of Environment on Disability and Rehabilitation / Edition 1

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This collection focuses on methods for measuring the role of the physi cal environment in the disablement process and the limitations of curr ent theory, knowledge, and research in the field. Linking the chapters is a new paradigm of research on accessibility, which emphasizes that disability is both a social and an individual process and is consiste nt with recent developments in a disability rights, rehabilitation pra ctice, and environmental design.

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Compiles representative work in the emerging research area on the relationship of disability to physical environment, in light of such disability rights legislation as the US Americans with Disabilities Act, the worldwide growth of the independent-living movement, rapid deinstitutionalization, and the maturation of functional assessment methodology. The authors, primarily architects and spatial designers, consider theory, reliability and validity, new directions in research methods, and measurement in practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306458910
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Series: Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; E. Steinfeld, G.S. Danford. I: Theory. 1. Theory as a Basis for Research on Enabling Environments; E. Steinfeld, G.S. Danford. 2. Research Implications of Universal Design; B.R. Connell, J.A. Sanford. 3. Space Requirements for Accessibility: Cross-Cultural Comparisons; T.J.M. van der Voordt. II: Reliability and Validity. 4. 'The Enabler' Applied to Occupational Therapy: Reliability of a Usability Rating Scale; S. Iwarsson, Å. Isacsson. 5. Measuring the Influences of Physical Environments on the Behaviors of People with Impairments; G.S. Danford, E. Steinfeld. 6. Measuring Constraints to Inhabitant Activities; D.B. Lantrip. 7. Assessing Special Care Units for Dementia: The Professional Environmental Assessment Prool; C. Norris-Baker, et al. 8. Using Environmental Simulation to Test the Validity of Code Requirements; J.A. Sanford, M.B. Megrew. III: New Directions in Research Methods. 9. A Day's Journey Through Life©: An Assessment Game; R. Sekulski, et al. 10. Detection and Discrimination of Tactile Warning Signals in Field Conditions; E. Steinfeld, G. Richmond. 11. Stigma and Architecture; J.W. Robinson, T. Thompson. 12. Evaluating Models and Measures of Environmental Performance; D.B. Lantrip. IV: Measurement in Practice. 13. Computer Simulation of Cane Techniques Used by People with Visual Impairments for Accessibility Analysis; B.B. Blasch, et al. 14. Evaluating Accessibility Through Computer-Aided Design: A Software Model; M. Haley, J. Bermudez. 15. Wayfinding Performance by People with Visual Impairments; G. Finkel. 16. Poscupancy Evaluation of Universally Accessible Multi-Family Housing Units; P.L. Falta. 17. Selecting Person-Environment Assessment; B. Acheson, et al. Index.

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