Advocacy, Disabilities

Finally, disabled friendly buildings in Sri Lanka!

As reported in State media, on 14th October 2009, the Supreme Court ordered that public buildings to be constructed in the future should be easily accessible to disabled persons. The Court further ordered that such buildings should be facilitated with adequate sanitary facilities for such persons.

Groundviews spoke with Sunethra Bandaranaike, Chairperson of the Sunera Foundation, for her views of the judgement as an activist who has, through theatre and art, championed the rights of the disabled in Sri Lanka over a number of years.

  • undergroundview

    Now all we need is disabled-friendly pavements so they can get into the disabled-friendly buildings.

  • Atheist

    Undergroundview says:

    “Now all we need is disabled-friendly pavements so they can get into the disabled-friendly buildings”.

    Disabled friendly buildings are a welcome relief for the physically challenged in Sri-Lanka. As for pavements, certain countries, of which I am not aware, may be having disabled friendly pavements. But, I do know of many affluent cities in the West in which the pavements are taken over by rude cyclists, skate boarders and roller bladders that sometimes knock down the elderly and little children. I think side-walk courtesy, plus wide walkways without potholes are what are at the bottom of a disabled friendly pavement. Putting a damper on all well intentioned projects is not going to be of any help if you are not going to provide any constructive alternatives.