With support from our Danish partners Dansk Handicap For bund (DHF) and Para-sport Denmark (PD), UNAPD secured funds to implement a two-year project titled “Building Strategic Alliance for Disability Rights in Uganda” which will focus on three thematic areas and Physical Accessibility being one of them.
The project is to use a strategy of building a broad coalition of DPOs/CSOs in the above three thematic areas in order to improve the lives of PWDs. At the end of the projects, one of the key outputs from the coalitions/caucuses will be a United Disability policy on Livelihood and Disability Sports, among others.
One of the UNCRPD recommendations to government in 2016 was: “Adopt an action plan to ensure accessibility to physical environment, transportation, communications, technologies and systems, with allocation of resources and time bound framework”. Physical Accessibility is a key barrier to social inclusion in which many PWDs are not able to access public transport, educational institutions, health care services, job venues and/or offices of government, CSO and private sector. Although a lot has been done by UNAPD in collaboration with several stakeholders/partners, National Accessibility standards have not been adopted by all relevant institutions and companies involved in construction industry coupled with limited awareness and technical skills among the relevant technocrats on inclusive designs.
Improved quality of life of Persons with Disabilities in Uganda through Alliance Building with DPOs, CSOs, private and governmental actors for physical accessibility, disability sports and secure livelihoods for PWDs.
Objective of the Physical Accessibility Component
- Supports the creation of a physical accessibility caucus with participation of DPO and CSO stakeholders. District Audit Committees and the National Audit Committee to feed the Physical Accessibility Caucus with Best Practices.