The National Federation of Shopmobility in the UK were doing some work on
one aspect of this. They're involved with the loan of wheelchairs etc to
physically disabled people for use in towns, cities and shopping centres.
They were trying to quantify to the retail trade the benefit of the extra
'footfall' this produced. Contact them via their website?
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From: "Simon Darcy" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 12:55 AM
Subject: Economic/financial arguments for Universal design?
> I am interested in sources that present the arguments for the benefits of
> more accessible society (transport, built environment etc.). I am
> interested in all aspects but need to mount a case with sound
> economic/financial arguments. I have included a preliminary list below.
> About the only reference that I could find that provided an estimate of
> incorporating universal design principles into the built environment was
> Steven Winter and Associates Inc., Tourbier and Wamsley Inc., and Building
> Technology Inc. (1993), and involved an average 0.34% cost differential
> (cited in Steinfeld and Shea 2001:35.8).
> Steinfeld, E., and Shea, S. M. 2001, Fair Housing: Toward Universal Design
> in MultiFamily Housing. in W. F. E. Preiser and E. Ostroff (Eds.),
> Universal Design Handbook. McGraw-Hill: New York. pp. 35.31-35.13
> In the Australian context there have been a number of publications that
> assess the likely impact of providing access to public transport and the
> built environment. However, these publications are heavily influenced by
> relevant industry bodies
> Australian Building Codes Board. 1998, Draft Regulatory Impact Statement
> for the amendment of the Building Code of Australia (BCA96) provisions for
> access and facilities for people with a disability. Australian Building
> Codes Board: Canberra.
> Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. 1996, Review of Financial Estimates Used by the
> DDA Taskforce to Generate Cost Projections on Accessible Transport.
> Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu: Sydney.
> Price Waterhouse. 1997, Financial Impact Study of the Accessible Transport
> Standards on the Private Bus Industry. Price Waterhouse prepared for the
> Australian Bus & Coach Association: Sydney.
> Any other sources would be appreciated.
> Kindest regards
> Simon Darcy
> Senior Lecturer
> School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism
> Faculty of Business
> University of Technology, Sydney
> PO Box 222
> Lindfield NSW 2070
> Ph: 61 2 9514-5100
> Fax: 61 2 9514-5195
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