Helping others understand what is meant by “inclusive spaces”. How can we help create accessible environments? Who needs to be involved in the process? Why should they care about including everyone else even if they don’t need it themselves or see its benefit right away? More advocacy efforts that focus on getting by from those outside the disability community.
Accessibility is an important issue for many people who don’t fit the stereotypical able-bodied person. For example, parents with young children can use accessible features to navigate their environment more easily. There are also benefits for those who may not be as familiar with the area or who have a disability that prevents them from seeing certain things in front of them as the text on a screen. It’s not just about making sure everyone has access to these accessible environments; it’s also about helping others understand why accessible spaces are beneficial to all of us and what they can do to create inclusive spaces in their own lives and communities.
The Benefits of a Well Accompanied Accessible Environment
In the context of this article, an integrated approach to a sustainable and accessible environment is presented. The term “sustainable” is used to describe the benefits derived from an inclusive approach that addresses several different types of risks. In this paper, an interdisciplinary approach is used that combines disability and environmental considerations.
Disability and inclusion
According to the United Nations (UN), disability and social inclusion are two critical issues affecting the lives and future conditions of the people who are deprived of their full potential through violence, neglect, or disability. In addition, the two issues are linked through their relationship to:
- inequality of opportunity;
- lack of social, economic and educational facilities.
The challenge, therefore, is to ensure equal opportunities and better life quality for all.
There are many forms of discrimination including exclusion, abuse, discrimination, violence, and exclusion. All these forms of injustice can lead to exclusion, disability, and sometimes even death. A comprehensive action strategy should be adopted that would ensure access to people with disabilities in order to enjoy a full and productive life. The strategy should take into consideration both the physical and the social barriers to access.
Accessible Environments: Physical barriers
Physical barriers are the most obvious and serious challenge faced by people with disabilities in accessing the places of their choice. Physical barriers include structural barriers, wheelchair ramps, lifts, raised boarding walkways, vertical and inclined railings, ramps for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and other similar devices, permanent rooms for people with disabilities, and access for physically challenged people at low levels.
Other physical barriers include power-operated doors and interior user control systems for the physically challenged and the elderly. Severe restrictions to movement can be caused by physical illness or injury or by limitations of space. Accessible environments should take into account the special needs of disabled people in accessing places of their choice.
Public Transport Systems
The accessibility of public transport systems like trains, buses, monorails, and underground metro systems is a major problem faced by people with disabilities. Wheelchair users and elderly people have difficulty walking long distances in such systems. Manual transfers can be very difficult and time-consuming. For this reason, there should be a provision for manual public transport as well as wheelchair vans. Accessible vehicles should also be provided for the convenience of wheelchair users and pedestrians.
The principle of creating an inclusive society should be adopted to ensure accessibility. This principle entails designing a building or infrastructure from top to bottom that is fully accessible to everyone regardless of their disabilities and inaccessibility. An example of such inclusive design is a monorail system that passes through the entrances of multi-story buildings. Other examples of facilities that should provide for everyone’s accessibility are playgrounds, ramps and lifts, shopfitting centers, and seating.
The benefits of having an accessible environment should not just be limited to the physically challenged and elderly. People with cognitive disabilities also need to have an accessible environment. A cognitively impaired person may require ramps or other alternatives to ensure their independence. They should also have access to information and services that are normally offered on the premises. Seating should be provided in an appropriate height and position so that wheelchair users do not have any difficulties in accessing these areas.
These are just some of the advantages of designing an accessible environment. There are many more benefits of creating such an environment and maintaining it. This includes encouraging economic growth and employment opportunities to people with disabilities and in Wheelchairs. In a truly inclusive society, everyone has equal opportunities in employment and in society as a whole.