Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Technical, Medical, and Social Sciences: A Focus on Creating Accessibility

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Dec 12;19(24):16669. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192416669.


Accessibility and Universal Design (UD) is an area of professional interest for architects and occupational therapists, but college curricula rarely include both broader and collaborative education in this area. This article presents the experience of the inter-university, interdisciplinary project "Joint Architecture Initiative" (JAI), with the participation of students from the University of Science and Technology, University of Health and Sport Science, and Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw (Poland). The JAI project is a response of the university community of Wroclaw to the social-urban campaign "Life Without Barriers" and the needs of residents-the elderly and people with disabilities-for adaptation and modification of housing. The paper presents the theoretical background of the problem, the stages of implementation of the JAI project from the perspective of the model-human-environment-occupation-the tasks of project team members, and the justification for the need to create interdisciplinary teams from the area of technical and health sciences, with particular emphasis on occupational therapy practice (OTP).

Keywords: accessibility; interdisciplinarity; interprofessional learning; universal design.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Curriculum
  • Humans
  • Occupational Therapy* / education
  • Poland
  • Social Sciences*
  • Students

Grants and funding

This research was funded by University School of Physical Education in Wrocław.