With the introduction of Accessibility Standards, those participating in the construction industry must observe the Standards in new constructions and as much as possible during reconstruction and renovation of existing structures. I call upon the designers of physical infrastructure to utilize them so as to ensure persons with disabilities equal access to the various services.
Sulaiman Kyebakoze Madada (MP), Minister of State
When you are building there are things that you may think are not so important yet they are very important to persons with disabilities.
Phyllis Kwesiga, Architect
The Standards are good for the start (in providing the requirements) for accessing buildings. They will support the Building Control Bill when it is enacted.
Eng. Henry Lubega, Ministry
of Works and Transport
We the architects shall make good use of the Standards to improve accessibility. Qualified architects are aware of accessibility and we shall continue to remind them, but the problem is that we also have unqualified architects who draw building plans and these ones may not mind about accessibility.
Architect Enock Kibbamu, President Uganda Society for Architects
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides for the development of Accessibility Standards. Accessibility is a human right, and these Standards will play a great role in improving accessibility in Uganda.
Dimitri de Gruben, Assistant Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The document is very detailed and provides the Standards for almost everything; it includes ramps, toilets, ATM machines, among others. They will go a long way in improving accessibility in Uganda.
Hon. William Nokrach,
MP for PWDs.
Uganda has a disability-friendly legal framework which guarantees the rights of persons with disabilities. Unfortunately, there is limited implementation of these laws. Among other things the laws provide for accessibility in the physical environment. One of the reasons why it has been difficult to implement the legal provisions on accessibility is the absence of Accessibility Standards.
Chairman Board of Directors,
It is as a result of this realisation that UNAPD in collaboration with various stakeholders developed these Accessibility Standards. We call upon all stakeholders in the construction industry to play their part in making Uganda a barrierfree society by implementing these standards.
Hon. James Mwandha, Chairman UNAPD
The Standards should be incorporated into the Building Control Bill to make them a little more applicable. And the audit team should identify and inspect all buildings that are not accessible.
Grace Nabakooza, Forum
for Uganda Employers (FUE)