GFD calls for the implementation of accessible standards for Public buildings

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The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) on Monday called for the implementation of the accessible standards for public and private structures in the country.

The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) has developed the Ghana Standard on Accessibility Designs (GSAD) to guide developers, designers and other persons involved in the built environment process.

Section 6 of Act 715 of the Disability Act and Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) requires that buildings, roads, indoor and outdoor facilities, including school buildings, medical facilities and all workplaces, are made accessible to Persons with Disabilities.

The Project Coordinator for the Ghana Federation of Disability organisation Mrs. Beatrice Akua Mahamood speaking at a capacity building workshop in Wa on Monday commended government for passing the accessibility standard .

She said accessing public and private facilities in the country is still a challenge and called on government to ensure effective implementation of the accessibility standard.

Mrs. Beatrice Akua Mahamood called on contractors and architects to purchase the accessibility standard and include it in their building.

A teacher at the Wa School of the Blind Madam Cecilia Bartholome recounts the difficulties she encounters in accessing the Upper West Regional minister’s office when she wanted to meet with the minister, She said she has to be carried up to the office by concern gentleman before she could have a glance of the minister because the office of the minister is a two storey building without an elevator to carry the disability to and fro the office.

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