UNAPD hired consultants and spear headed a consultative two-year process involving architects, engineers, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Health, and Disabled Peoples Organizations.

UNAPD is for people with physical disability but the Standards were made to cater for all the needs of other disabilities namely the deaf and the blind in regard to the physical environment.

The Standards were launched in 2010 by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and since then, UNAPD embarked on a rigorous campaign to sensitize architects, engineers, constructors, policy makers and property developers about the Standards and their applicability.

Because of UNAPD’s advocacy, Parliament has enacted the Building Control Act, that requires all buildings to be constructed following the Accessibility Standards, establishment and representation of PWDs in all urban, municipal, and city building committees.

The need for the development of Accessibility Standards was borne after realization that most of the buildings in Uganda did not have facilities such as ramps and lifts while many of the existing accessibility facilities were not designed according to the required standards. As a result, persons with disabilities fail or face difficulties in accessing the buildings.

It is in these buildings where services crucial to human survival are provided and therefore non-accessibility to this infrastructure is a source of denial of rights to services enjoyed by other people. This contributes a lot towards unemployment, injustice, discrimination, low levels of literacy, exclusion, isolation, inadequate involvement in community activities by persons with disability.

The Standards provide for how to construct standard:

Chaper 1Ramps
Chapter 2Stairs
Chapter 3Barrier Free Entrance
Chapter 4Doors
Chapter 5Parking Space
Chapter 6Toilet
Chapter 7Accessible toilet and shower
Chapter 8Accesible pit Latrine
Chapter 9Pathways/Corridors/Inside buildings
Chapter 10Handles and grip
Chapter 11Public Operated Machines
Chapter 12Boreholes
Chapter 13Wells
Chapter 14Lifts
Chapter 15Urban Roads
Chapter 16Public Furniture