Guidebook on Making Schools Accessible to Children with Disabilities
Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, July 6 2017
UNICEF India has developed a guidebook: “Making Schools Accessible to Children with Disabilities” with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Samarthyam, a Disabled Persons Organization (DPO), as part of the Prime Minister’s Accessible India Campaign.
Inclusive education is critical to promote the participation and learning for children with disabilities in India. The guidebook details the physical/infrastructural barriers children with disabilities may face in schools and provides practical solutions for making the physical environment of a school safe and accessible for children with disabilities.
A checklist is included that which can be used as a tool to assess the accessibility of schools and to identify areas need improvement.
Clear standards and specifications are provided, with photos and illustrations, which can be used with civil works personnel, towards making necessary changes or during construction.