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Planning for Special Populations

When planning for health, special populations often need additional attention and they include children, the elderly, and low-income populations. While environmental justice and universal-design literature is mixed, the following information gives planners a toolkit to help deal with some of these issues.

Design for Health (DFH) Materials

Web Sites

  • Center for Universal Design
    This is a collaborative effort between North Carolina State University, the University of Buffalo, and Global Universal Design Educator Network. It is a terrific site on universal design and includes a section of resources.
  • ADA Standards for Accessible Design
    This document sets guidelines for accessibility to places of public accommodation and commercial facilities by individuals with disabilities.
  • Children’s Health Protection
    Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), this Web site has a search feature for looking up publications related to where children live, learn, and play.
  • Aging and the Built Environment
    Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre sponsors this Web site that is particularly focused on housing and care environments.
  • AARP Your Home
    This section of the larger AARP web site includes articles related to livable places.  Scroll down the page to find them.

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