A step towards Barrier free India…..

by let's OT

           While preparing for my Master’s exam, i came across these laws and guidelines provided by the Ministry of Social justice and Empowerment (Govt. of India) for building barrier free environment for disabled and elderly persons. Sharing some of the highlights from the guidelines :-

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A wheelchair user’s movement pivots around his or her shoulders. Therefore, the range of reach is limited, approximately 630 mm for an adult male. (on the website of the ministry they also provide with images which help in better understanding )

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A wheelchair has a footplate and leg rest attached in front of the seat. (The footplate extends about 350 mm in the front of the knee). The footplate may prevent a wheelchair from getting close enough to an object.

Allow a space at least 350 mm deep and 700 mm high under a counter, stand, etc

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To make a counter easily accessible for a wheel chair user, allow a space about 700 mm high and 350 mm deep under the counter

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Allow sufficient space around the water fountain to make it easily accessible for wheelchair users. Depending on the type of water fountain allow a space about 700 mm high and 350 mm deep under the fountain

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Allow a space about 700 mm high and 350 mm deep under the telephone stand. The telephone receiver must be placed at a height of 110 cm or less

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The mail slot must be located at a height of 1200 mm or less

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The coin slot must be located at a height of 1200 mm or less

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THE BEST PART : they also provide guidelines for the kind of floor tiles to be used for individuals with vision impairment.

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      These guidlines are provided by the same goverment that we complain and crib about….. As the title of the blog says its a STEP ….its a process which  improves with each STEP forward….

        We as Occupational therapist need to be aware and form an important part in policy and guidelines making as well as educating ourselves and the masses about the rights of individuals with disabilities.

you can read more about the guidelines from the following link :-

http://socialjustice.nic.in/glinecpwd.php?pageid=1

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