Barriers to Accessibility of Differently Abled People in Urban Built Environment – A Policy Overview in Indian Context

Authors : Ved Prakash Nayak; Kamal Agrawal

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 7 - July

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Our built-environment is a complicated result of the geopolitical and socio-economic evolution of society (Basha, 2015). In recent decades, the world is experiencing an urban boom. If we examine in the accessibility elements of the built environment in developing countries, the existing design of different types of buildings may quickly be observed as highly unfit for people with weak and limited capability. These structures are found in a few details with common enablers, such as ramps, railings, guide rails, single toilets, appropriate hallways and corridors, air ventilation and lighting systems, and other essential components (Basha, 2015). According to the World Bank (2017), over one billion people worldwide, or around one-fifth of the global population, may be classified in this demographic slab (Anita, 2018). People with limitedabilities are an important part of our society. This article discusses the numerous physical challenges encountered by them, as well as the present state of response preparedness and intervention in India and throughout the world. The research utilizes a literature-based approach to analyse the several characteristics of the built environment in order to determine their appropriateness for addressing the special needs of the population with limited abilities. The scope has been limited to the opportunities and challenges to accessibility for those people in the built environment of cities.

Keywords : Differently Abled, Accessibility, Urban, Built Environment


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