Too Often, Dhaka Remains Inaccessible for People with Disabilities
Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 7 2018
DHAKA, BANGLADESH: An ever-growing urban population with overflowing and at times chaotic vehicular traffic can make life difficult even for the most well-abled pedestrian.
The challenges become higher for a person with a disability.
‘How can I go out of my home?’ asks Tajkia Mariam Jahan, a wheelchair user from Dhaka, who was confined to her home for seven years due to the road environment.
The city roads are unwelcoming not only for people in a wheelchair like her but also for persons with all types of disabilities.
Hawa Aktar, a woman with hearing impairment, needs clear, visible signs and signals on road crossings and from vehicles. And Bashir Uddin Molla, a student with visual impairment, needs sounds and guidance when she is walking.
None of these facilities are available to people with disabilities living in Dhaka.
if considering 15% of the world population are living with disabilities as reported by the World Health Organization.
Unfortunately, many of them – like Tajkia – are excluded from economic opportunities due to lack of physical access. When asked why, their answers point to three issues: 1) how road infrastructure and public transport vehicles are designed; 2) how they are maintained and used, and; 3) how drivers and public transport operators behave.
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Source: World Bank
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