With the completion of the Barrier-Free Accessibility programme in November last year, our HDB neighbourhood has become more age-friendly. Accessibility has been enhanced for all, especially the elderly and physically disabled.
This has enabled wheelchair users to go about in the neighbourhood, enjoying the fresh air in parks, having breakfast at the coffee shops or participating in outdoor activities. They are now able to travel further afield, either with their care-givers or on their own.
In fact, almost all public buildings, including community clubs and MRT stations have achieved some level of basic accessibility. And nearly 9 in 10 buildings along Orchard Road now provide some accessibility features. But we want to do more.
Today, BCA begins a month-long public consultation on the proposed amendments to Singapore’s Code on Accessibility. The Code sets minimum design requirements for buildings and most public spaces. We would like to incorporate more Universal Design features in the built environment to make it more convenient for people of all ages and with different needs to move around.
For this review, BCA will not only reach out to senior citizens and persons with disabilities, but also others such as parents with infants. For example, we are thinking of mandating some buildings to have family friendly facilities such as child-friendly toilets and lactation room for nursing mothers.
Please check out the details at www.bca.gov.sg and let us have your views on how the Code can be enhanced.
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