“An environment built to include rather than exclude me”: Creating inclusive environments for human well-being

Layton, Natasha A. and Steel, Emily J. (2015) “An environment built to include rather than exclude me”: Creating inclusive environments for human well-being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 9: 11146-11162. doi:10.3390/ijerph120911146


Author Layton, Natasha A.
Steel, Emily J.
Title “An environment built to include rather than exclude me”: Creating inclusive environments for human well-being
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1660-4601
1661-7827
Publication date 2015-09-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph120911146
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 9
Start page 11146
End page 11162
Total pages 17
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI AG
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Contemporary discourses which challenge the notion of health as the “absence of disease” are prompting changes in health policy and practice. People with disability have been influential in progressing our understanding of the impact of contextual factors in individual and population health, highlighting the impact of environmental factors on functioning and inclusion. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) more holistic definition of health as “wellbeing” is now applied in frameworks and legislation, and has long been understood in occupational therapy theory. In practice, however, occupational therapists and other professionals often address only local and individual environmental factors to promote wellbeing, within systems and societies that limit equity in population health and restrict inclusion in communities. This paper presents an in-depth analysis of the supports and accommodations identified by a cohort of individuals (n-100) living with disability. A range of environmental facilitators and barriers were identified in peoples’ experience of “inclusive community environs” and found to influence inclusion and wellbeing. The roles and responsibilities of individuals, professionals, and society to enact change in environments are discussed in light of these findings. Recommendations include a focus on the subjective experience of environments, and application of theory from human rights and inclusive economics to address the multiple dimensions and levels of environments in working towards inclusion and wellbeing.
Keyword Occupational therapy
Inclusion
Disability
ICF
Environmental factors
Health policy
Accessibility
Usability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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