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Challenging the visual: Learning from the mobility narratives of visually impaired persons

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jayne JeffriesORCiD, Professor Rose Gilroy, Professor Tim Townshend



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2020.

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The paper contends that urban designers and place-makers must question their understanding of universal design and its role in supporting UK citizens living with sight loss. Drawing on the mobility narratives of visually impaired (VI) adults, the paper unpacks their strategies for navigating the urban realm, from recognition of shared issues and confidence to familiarity with routes and services. We conclude that place-makers can be more willing and reflexive practitioners - gaining from first-hand experiences; understanding the role of planning and design education; and considering the interface between the mobility needs of VI people and new city strategies promoting green travel.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jeffries JM, Gilroy R, Townshend TG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Urban Design

Year: 2020

Volume: 25

Issue: 2

Pages: 254-274

Online publication date: 10/09/2018

Acceptance date: 19/04/2018

Date deposited: 25/05/2018

ISSN (print): 1357-4809

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9664

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2018.1494503


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EPSRC under Grant No: BH123905