Effectuating Decision number 137 of Department of Labour and War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Survey group including 7 members with and without disabilities (2 DRD members, a representative from Department of Construction and 3 representatives with disabilities from Nhan Ai branch, Quy Nhon branch and Quy Nhon city Blind Association) continues to examine accessibility of the entrances of planned locations.
During the examining period, the leaders of health station and People’s Committees enthusiastically helped the examining group finish their work as being planned.
The meeting among the examining group, the representatives of Department of Construction and health station about the physical accessibility of health stations.
Overall, there were no “construction standards” to guide builders when most of the working headquarters were built. No handrails and mostly no gradients for wheelchairs were provided in the basement of main way, which causes many troubles for people with disabilities. Moreover, the small and narrow bathroom doors limit the movement of wheelchair. Adding to that, sanitary equipment was set up with inappropriate standards and no handrails, which are not accessible for people with disabilities.
The health station of Ngo May ward, Quy Nhon city has gradient for wheelchair.
The examining group documented the situations that were not accessible to people with disabilities and provided recommends for improvement based on the construction standards on October 2014. The goal is that not only people with disabilities, but also elders, pregnant women and children can come to these places with accessible facilities.
Examining to approach is one of the important activities of the project the Accessibility for Inclusion for People with Disabilities, managed by DRD at Tay Ninh and Binh Đinh, sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).