Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Accessing services, work,  buildings and other social amenities are among huge challenges that affect  people with disabilities and prevent them from being productive in their communities. This can be solved by reasonable accommodation:

What is reasonable accommodation? 
  • Reasonable accommodation is necessary adjustment and or modifications to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy and exercise their rights on equal basis with others. 
  • Reasonable accommodation can be achieved through request.
Most countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that makes it legal for service providers and communities to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities.
There is a misconception that reasonable accommodation has to do with accessing work place. it however goes beyond working environment. It should be holistic.

Example of reasonable accommodation includes:
  1. Provision of extra time and and extra learning materials to people with intellectual disabilities.
  2. Building of temporary and or permanent ramps in buildings to allow people with physical disabilities to access buildings.
  3. Provision Brailled documents and or voting cards to people with visual disabilities during electrol process.
  4. Communities and service providers availing sign language interpreters for people with hearing disabilities.
  5. Communities and service providers can also provide tactile interpreters to people who are deafblind.
To all people with disabilities remember to ask.


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