The spatial experiences of dwarfs in public spaces

Pritchard, Erin (2015) The spatial experiences of dwarfs in public spaces. The Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 18 (3). pp. 191-199. ISSN 1501-7419

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Dwarfism is commonly defined as anyone 4ft 10″ (147.32 cm) or below and whose short stature involves a medical condition [Adelson, M. B. 2005. The Lives of Dwarfs, xv. NJ: Rutgers University Press]. Whilst it recognized that the built environment is unsuitable for dwarfs [see Kruse, R. 2002. “Social Spaces of Little People: The Experiences of the Jamisons.” Social and Cultural Geography 3 (2): 175–191, Kruse, R. 2010. “Placing Little People: Dwarfism and Geographies of Everyday Life.” In Towards Enabling Geographies, edited by V. Chouinard, E. Hall, and R. Wilton, 183–198. Surrey: Ashgate; Shakespeare, T., M. Wright, and S. Thompson. 2007. A Small Matter of Equality: Living with Restricted Growth. Newcastle: Newcastle University], this paper critically examines how spaces and facilities designed with other users in mind, including disabled people and children, can have unintended consequences for dwarfs. The data used in this paper are taken from semi-structured interviews and photo elicitation exercises conducted with 22 dwarfs living in the UK. Overall this paper shows the spatial experiences of dwarfs, which are a result of the unintended consequences of disabled child spaces and facilities, and suggests how Universal Design may be a more appropriate design concept.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research on 31 July 2015, available online:
Keywords: Dwarfs, public spaces, spatial barriers, disabled facilities, child facilities, Universal Design
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Robert Cunningham
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 13:57
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 14:52

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