Accessible Built Environment Careers for all Students 


The employment provisions of the DDA (1995) came into force in 1996, with amendments effective from 2004. Under the legislation it is required that reasonable adjustments be made in the work place so as not to place applicants, employees and former employees with a disability at a substantial disadvantage. The Code of Practice ‘Employment and Occupation’ (The Disability Rights Commission, DRC, 2004) provides guidance in interpreting the law. The Code gives many examples of adjustments that may or may not be considered reasonable in the context of the law.


The ABECAS Project (2004 - 2005) aimed to developed guidance for stakeholders in Built Environment disciplines to create accessible environments for persons with disabilities wishing to pursue a career in the Built Environment. These stakeholders are: employers, professional bodies, higher education institutions and the students themselves.


Project Team



  1. Guidance to Higher Education Institutions: removing barriers and anticipating reasonable adjustments for disabled students in built environment degree programmes
  2. Guidance to built environment employers: removing barriers to disabled people becoming professionally qualified through graduate training programmes
  3. Guidance to built environment professional bodies: removing barriers to disabled people becoming professionally qualified