Mobility challenges of persons with disabilities at a University in Ghana

Evans Kwaku Yayra Ashigbi, Eric Lawer Torgbenu, Anthony Kwame Danso, Eric Paul Tudzi

Abstract


The passage of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715) in Ghana was hailed by many as a giant step toward achieving universal designs and consequently social inclusion and access to convenient built environments for all. Years after the passage of the Act, this study sought to find the extent to which access to Persons with mobility disabilities had been enhanced at the University of Ghana, Ghana’s premier University. A checklist developed from the BS 8300:2010 was used. The simple random and stratified sampling approaches were used to select the structures/ facilities in 2011. This was supplemented by taking measurements and pictures. The study found out that the built environment of the University presented barriers of varying degrees and types to persons with mobility disabilities and that the principles of universal design had not been largely adhered to. Recommendations were accordingly made to help achieve the realisation of universal designs and social inclusiveness on the University’s campus.


Keywords


Mobility Disabilities; Persons with Disability Act 2006; Universal Designs; Built Environment; University of Ghana

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