‘Accessible environment needed for persons with disabilities’

Asia-Pacific, December 25 2012

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: A barrier-free environment is needed for persons with disabilities (PWDs) to move safely and freely,” said the speakers at a district-level advocacy workshop for Zilla Parishad members on ‘Accessibility and barrier-free environment for children with disabilities’ organised by the Open Learning System here on Friday.

Inaugurating the workshop, Puri ZP chairperson Debraj Behera said barrier-free environment enables people with disabilities to move safely and freely and use the facilities within the built environment. The goal of barrier-free design is to provide an environment that supports independent functioning of individuals and participate without assistance, he added.

Adviser to SCPD Dr PR Das said an accessible environment provides benefits not only persons with disabilities but also helps the persons with reduced mobility like elderly people, pregnant women and families with young children.

Resource person RK Sharma said that steep ramps should not be installed during construction of buildings.

Among others, Puri ZP vice-chairman SM Baral and resource persons Sumitra Panda and Sarojini Moharana were present.

Source: Daily Pioneer

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