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Retro-fitting for Accessibility: JB0638

Jane Bringolf
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:46:14
Jane Bringolf was the Executive Director of Independent Living Centre, NSW. In this presentation Jane explores the social and design history of housing for people with a disability and sets out the new concept of ‘Lifetime Housing’. She highlights the legislative requirements with which planners, architects, and designers must comply in the public environment, and the long-term necessity for universal housing design in meeting the needs of our ageing population. She leverages her experience as a professional in the issues of accessibility to public buildings, and discusses the ‘Top 10’ design features that go towards creating lifetime homes.
This presentation provides a wake-up call for the design community to begin now to address the pressing issue of housing for the ‘baby boomer’ generation.
  • Understand the concepts of accessibility, adaptability, adjustability, visit-ability and universal design as it pertains to the design of the built environment.
  • Identify the key legislation and Australian Standards relating to design for people with a disability and the older people; understand the government policy direction and publications.
  • Identify specific features that can be incorporated in the design process for easier later modification; Create universal housing design based on principles of accessibility and adaptability.
  • Locate tools and materials published for use by designers relating to building for people with a disability and older people.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Prior Executive Director, Independent Living Centre (NSW)

    Jane Bringolf has a background in community services spanning more than twenty five years and holds a degrees in Social Science and Business Administration. Her experience ranges from direct service provision to senior management roles. A recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2004, Jane travelled overseas to investigate organisations pursuing universal design, accessible environments and assistive technology.  Jane's eight years with her current employer, Independent Living Centre NSW adds to her experience of working in the aged and disability sectors.

    Current trends in public policy are moving towards making built environments suited to people of all ages and abilities, posing new challenges for designers.  Understanding the intent of the Disability Discrimination Act and how it works with the BCA can help resolve accessibility design issues for new and existing buildings.