Attitudinal constraints: assumptions and institutional practices

Laura Hemingway

in Disabled people and housing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302094 | DOI:
Attitudinal constraints: assumptions and institutional practices

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This chapter looks further at risk assessment in relation to how distinctions between impairments can be made by institutions or intermediaries. It begins by looking at some of the assumptions made by the building industry about disabled people, and the effects that these can have on the availability of accessible housing. The chapter then examines the roles played by assumptions and practices within the rented sector in disabled people's housing opportunities. These include the ways in which allocation processes and additional duties placed on social landlords (with regard to antisocial behaviour) may affect disabled people's opportunities within social renting, as well as how private landlords may restrict disabled people's access to privately rented accommodation. The chapter ends by considering potential strategies for addressing various attitudinal barriers.

Keywords: rented accommodation; attitudinal barriers; owner-occupation; accessible housing; disabled people; social renting

Chapter.  11237 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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