New CAE Access Panel to help projects improve access & inclusion. Inclusive design consultancy the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has launched an Access Panel with a diverse membership of disabled people and other access experts.

The Panel will promote equality by advising on best practices concerning access and inclusion of the built environment and services, as well as how to mitigate potential barriers using the social model of disability [1].

With an estimated 16 million disabled people in the UK, representing nearly 25% of the population, consulting with CAE’s Access Panel early in the design process means project teams can avoid costly retrofits and ensure that their projects are accessible to all members of society.

Fara Muneer, CAE’s Head of Business Development, said “Accessibility is about everyone, and inclusive design puts people at the heart of the design process. The Panel provides a platform to listen to the voices of those people directly impacted by accessibility barriers.

“We believe that consulting or co-producing designs with users is not just an equality duty, it also fosters good relations in the community.”

Projects interested in presenting their projects to the Panel for advice should email to find out more, and include a brief outline of their project.

The Centre for Accessible Environments is part of Habinteg Housing Association.

About CAE

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has been one of the leading authorities on inclusive design for over 50 years. We provide consultancy, training, research and publications on building design and management to meet all user needs, including disabled and older people. CAE pioneered the provision of access guidance for building designers based on collaborative research with disabled people. As recognised experts in the field, we can help organisations meet their duties under the Equality Act 2010 through our research, consultancy, training and guidance publications.

About Habinteg

Habinteg Housing Association is a leading national provider of affordable accessible homes and support services. We have over 3,300 homes across 86 local authorities. One in three of our properties are designed specifically for wheelchair users, and the majority of the remaining homes have been built to an accessible or Lifetime Homes Standard. We champion inclusion by providing sustainable neighbourhoods, and use our expertise to challenge negative social attitudes, promote the rights of disabled people and improve accessibility standards within housing.