Goodbye barriers!: Guide to the design of more accessible spaces

Publication title: Goodbye barriers!: Guide to the design of more accessible spaces

Editorial: Inter-American Development Bank

Author/s: Borau Jordán, José Luis; De Moraes Pinheiro, Juliana; Duryea, Suzanne

Year of publication: 2019

Subject: Built environment

Support: Digital


Having infrastructure accessible to everyone is one of the great challenges we face. There are numerous local and international standards, which, although they must be complied with by designers and builders, are not necessarily sufficient to achieve universal accessibility, and even less do we understand their importance. Goodbye Barriers! is a guide that presents solutions to the design and construction of buildings and public spaces, not only to comply with standards, but also to incorporate the point of view of people with disabilities, as users of the infrastructure, on equal terms with people who do not suffer from a disability. This tool, prepared in simple language, describes how some of the elements of our daily environment (such as the path from our house to the university), can stop being a barrier and can be more inclusive spaces. The guide includes a compilation of national and international technical standards applicable in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Europe and Asia. The document was prepared by the Once Foundation, in coordination with the Social Infrastructure and Social Sector Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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