Enabling Environments

Measuring the Impact of Environment on Disability and Rehabilitation

  • Edward Steinfeld
  • G. Scott Danford

Part of the Plenum Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Edward Steinfeld, G. Scott Danford
      Pages 1-6
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-9
    2. Edward Steinfeld, G. Scott Danford
      Pages 11-33
    3. Bettye Rose Connell, Jon A. Sanford
      Pages 35-57
    4. Theo J. M. van der Voordt
      Pages 59-88
  4. Reliability and Validity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-91
    2. Susanne Iwarsson, Åke Isacsson
      Pages 93-109
    3. David B. Lantrip
      Pages 139-164
    4. Carolyn Norris-Baker, Gerald D. Weisman, M. Powell Lawton, Philip Sloane, Migette Kaup
      Pages 165-181
    5. Jon A. Sanford, Mary Beth Megrew
      Pages 183-206
  5. New Directions in Research Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-210
    2. Ron Sekulski, Louise Jones, Leon A. Pastalan
      Pages 211-231
    3. Julia W. Robinson, Travis Thompson
      Pages 251-270
  6. Measurement in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-296
    2. Bruce B. Blasch, William R. De l’aune, Franklyn K. Coombs
      Pages 297-317
    3. Margaret Haley, Julio Bermudez
      Pages 319-330
    4. Barbara Acheson Cooper, Lori Letts, Patricia Rigby, Mary Law, Debra Stewart, Susan Strong
      Pages 373-400
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 401-418

About this book


TItis volume is the first effort to compile representative work in the emerging research area on the relationship of disability and physical environment since Barrier-Free Environments, edited by Michael Bednar, was published in 1977. Since that time, disability rights legislation like the Americans, with Disabilities Act in the United States, the worldwide growth of the independent-living move­ ment, rapid deinstitutionalization, and the maturation of functional assessment methodology have all had their impact on this research area. The impact has been most noticeable in two ways-fostering the integration of environmental vari­ ables in rehabilitation research and practice, and changing paradigms for environ­ mental interventions. As the contributions in this volume demonstrate, the relationship of disabil­ ity and physical environment is no longer of interest primarily to designers and other professionals concerned with managing the resources of the built environ­ ment. The physical environment has always been recognized as an important variable affecting rehabilitation outcome. Until recently, however, concepts and tools were not available to measure its impact in clinical practic~ and outcomes research. In particular, lack of a theoretical foundation that integrated environ­ ment with the disablement process hampered development of both research and clinical methodology. Thus, the physical environment received little attention from the mainstream rehabilitation research community. However, this situation is changing rapidly.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Edward Steinfeld
    • 1
  • G. Scott Danford
    • 1
  1. 1.State University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7195-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4841-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-7575
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