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Disabled people and housingChoices, opportunities and barriers$
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Laura Hemingway

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428066.001.0001

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Disabled people and housing

Laura Hemingway

Policy Press

This book examines housing issues, policies and practices relating to disabled people, and explores available choices, opportunities and barriers in the field. The focus is on disabled people's acquisition of, or access to, accommodation, and how individuals experience housing. These include aspects of housing design and construction, the availability and presentation of information on housing options, the economic factors that affect access to housing and the role of ‘actors’ involved in the process of building, selling and allocating housing. This chapter begins by highlighting the current knowledge about the housing circumstances of disabled people, as indicated in the available data. This is followed by an outline of the intentions of the text, some brief notes on terminology and details of the book's contents.

Keywords:   disabled people, housing issues, housing design, independent living

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