Monday, June 30, 2008

Disability organizations push for accessibility in Zambia

From Zambia National Broadcasting Corp.:

The Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities has requested the government ensure business houses make their buildings user friendly for disabled persons.

Agency coordinator for Southern Province, Clement Phiri made the request at the Zambia National Association for Women with Disabilities Workshop in the tourist capital - Livingstone. Mr. Phiri noted that most buildings in the country have remained inaccessible to persons with disability.

He said ramps or other facilities, which can aid disabled persons, must be installed to ease their movement.

Mr. Phiri said Disability Organisations have been reluctant to prosecute business houses whose buildings are not disability friendly although the disability act empowers them to do so.