Looking through blind eyes: space and the exclusion of the blind and visually impaired

Gall, Amy (2007) Looking through blind eyes: space and the exclusion of the blind and visually impaired. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the relationship between space and disability, and how the urban environment and societal attitudes lead to the exclusion of those who are blind or visually impaired from public spaces. Together an audit survey and interviews with the blind and visually impaired investigate whether the built environment in Portsmouth contributes to their exclusion from public spaces. The interviews explore their experiences in public spaces to identify how institutions and structures in the built environment, have the ability to restrict their mobility as well as access to specific places. It is evident that the design of an ableist environment creates an abundance of physical and social barriers for the blind and visually impaired, thus affecting their independence and ability to move around freely. Consequently they become marginalized and oppressed from society. The paper goes on to explore how societal attitudes may also be responsible for the exclusion of the blind and visually impaired from public spaces. Evidence from the interviews show that the negative responses encountered lead to the withdrawal of subjects from public spaces. The paper concludes that social and spatial processes contribute to the disablement of the blind and visually impaired, leading to their exclusion from public spaces.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/358

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