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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 3 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 336 Enable individuals to negotiate environments ⇒ 1.2 Describe potential environmental barriers to individuals negotiating environments

1.2 Describe potential environmental barriers to individuals negotiating environments

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 336 Enable individuals to negotiate environments
Learning outcome: 1 Understand the factors that may impact on an individual being able to negotiate their environments
Assessment criteria: 1.2 Describe potential environmental barriers to individuals negotiating environments

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  • Physical Barriers: Steps, narrow doorways, steep inclines, and uneven surfaces that prevent access for those with mobility issues or using mobility aids.
  • Sensory Overload: Bright lights, loud noises, and strong odours that can overwhelm individuals with sensory sensitivities, such as those on the autism spectrum.
  • Lack of Accessible Facilities: Absence of ramps, lifts, accessible toilets, and designated parking spaces for individuals with disabilities.
  • Poor Signage: Inadequate, confusing, or non-existent signage making navigation difficult for those with visual impairments or cognitive disabilities.
  • Crowded Spaces: Overcrowded areas that can cause anxiety or difficulty moving around, especially for those with mobility aids or sensory sensitivities.
  • Lack of Quiet Areas: Absence of spaces where individuals can retreat from sensory overload or crowded environments, impacting those with mental health conditions or neurodiverse conditions.
  • Inadequate Lighting: Too dim or harsh lighting that can hinder visibility for people with visual impairments, leading to difficulty in navigating spaces safely.
  • Weather and Environmental Conditions: Outdoor environments that can become inaccessible due to weather conditions like snow, ice, or heavy rain, impacting individuals with various disabilities.
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