Tools for promotion and implementation of inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action
By MSF OCBA
“This document is a practical tool for the design of facilities which are user friendly for everyone. It defines the principal requirements to ensure our health care facilities are accessible to all."
“This publication offers a quick checklist to easily embed universal design and accessibility principles into the design of homes in a post disaster situation.
Disasters provide an opportunity to build back better, safer and more accessible for all. They also offer the possibility to incorporate universal design principles into new construction, which is the most cost-effective way to improve the accessibility of built environments. With this publication, CBM aims to provide guidance for the design and the building of accessible individual housing and shelters in a post-disaster context. The publication includes 16 minimum requirements with information on ways of implementing accessibility and Design for All, as well as technical recommendations and practical solutions. It targets construction professionals, occupational therapists, users, decision makers and other relevant actors involved in post disaster reconstruction activities.”
By Handicap International
"Access to facilities is a right for all people, including those with temporary and permanent impairments such as injuries and disabilities, in order to fulfil their basic needs. Access to facilities should be promoted by physical and sensorial access as well as positive attitude towards encouraging persons with particular vulnerabilities to use accessible facilities.
In this document, general guidelines are provided to improve accessibility. Improving access, safety and use of the facilities will not only benefit people with disabilities but also other vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and elderly."
If you wish to have more comprehensive information
on this topic, the following documents are useful as references for strategic planning and policy development.
“The Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities are designed to help address the gap in understanding the needs, capacities and rights of older people and people with disabilities, and promote their inclusion in humanitarian action.
They are designed both to strengthen the accountability of humanitarian actors to older people and people with disabilities, and to support the participation of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian action. The standards can be used as guidance for programming, and as a resource for training and advocacy, particularly for influencing organisational policies and practice to be more inclusive.”
By IFRC, HI and CBM
“Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.
The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation. The capacity of disabled people's own organisations must be developed and used to inform humanitarian action and build resilient and inclusive communities. All Under One Roof wants to transform the way humanitarian organisations approach inclusion and accessibility in their shelter and settlement programmes. It is the result of a collaborative process that started in 2013, involving CBM, Handicap International and IFRC.”
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