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Stereotyping, stigma, and discrimination are challenges people with disability face every day. Much of the disabled community faces exclusion from parts of society other people take for granted. This is no diffrent when it comes to housing and physical barriers.

Physical barriers refer to environments that are inaccessible due to the way they were designed.

Examples include buildings with no wheelchair access, ineffective lighting that creates poor visibility for people with low vision, sidewalks that are too narrow for walking aids or doorknobs that are difficult to grasp for people with arthritis.

There is already a lot of change being made in this space, like the introduction of wheelchair-accessible beach mats and low sensory quiet hours at grocery stores. However, there is always more to be done. Architects, designers, builders, and town planners need to put accessibility first to ensure everyone can enjoy society, rather than a select few.



Stereotyping, stigma, and discrimination are challenges people with disability face every day. Much of the disabled community faces exclusion from parts of society other people take for granted. Disability exclusion has stemmed from the belief that having a disability makes you 'less than’.

Let's take a look at five of the common barriers to participation that people with a disability may face.

  1. Attitude. People's perceptions of what it's like to live with a disability is one of the most foundational barriers.
  2. Communication
  3. Physical
  4. Policy
  5. Social

Your task is to do some research on the key barriers and write a short summary of each barrier.


You can undertake your own research and look into what are the top barriers for people with disability, there is ample material on the internet to help you with your research.

In the research section you can find a website link that is titled "Common Barriers to Particpation Experienced by People with Disabilites" this provides an excellent summary of the main barriers and links to some solution and the legal position with the barriers. Also included in the resorces section a document titled "What are Key Barriers", this summarises the 5 top barriers in very easy language.

In the video section you will find two helpful videos that will provide you with perspective on what the actual barriers are and the Ted Talk video focuses on the hidden barriers and attidude of people towards those with diasbility.




You have seen there are several barriers that people with disability face when it comes to housing and trying to live an independent life. Here is a summary that you have covered in this module:

  • Misunderstanding and misuse of key terms
  • Negative attitudes and stigma
  • Lack of support for families
  • Prevalence of institutional services
  • Barriers related to community support services
  • Barriers in mainstream services and facilities

But you have also developed the knowledge that with some support and help from caregivers’ people with needs can live fulfilled and happy independent lives!


Learning Outcomes

  • Reading this module participants will have a good understanding of appropriate housing for people with disabilities, the needs of housing and the barriers to independent living.

Knowledge acquired

  • After having followed the training material, the trainees should have required a good knowledge of adaptation housing, external environment, housing needs, spatial organisation regarding disabilities.

Skills acquired

  • The participants will develop skills to generate solutions regarding housing for people with disabilities regarding spatial organisation, accessibility, functionality

Competences acquired

  • The participants will be able to take in consideration the person and the carers in the decision-making system.



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