Accessibility for All

Good Practices of Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific to Promote Disability-Inclusive Development

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This publication seeks to support policymakers in promoting accessibility at a policy and practical level. It contains information on relevant global and regional mandates that support and promote disability-inclusive development and accessibility, with a view to demonstrate the multi-faceted value of focusing on disability and accessibility policies to achieve broader development goals. Readers will learn about the core concepts of disability and accessibility, and be empowered with knowledge on standards, tools and means of promoting accessibility. Furthermore, this publication will outline and analyse examples of good practices of accessibility identified in Asia and the Pacific. The majority of the good practices featured in this publication were initially discussed at two international and multi-stakeholder workshops that took place in 2014 and 2015, with a few additional examples drawn from Pacific island member States. The selection of practices for this publication is based on their embodiment of the principles of accessibility, demonstrated success, measurable impact on the community, and their adaptable and replicable nature.



Exploring the conceptual and tangible dimensions of accessibility

Accessibility is the practice of identifying and breaking down the barriers that hinder persons with disabilities to live a full and effective life of dignity, respect and independence. Promoting accessibility thus refers to promoting means through which persons with disabilities will be able to interact as equal members of society. To successfully promote accessibility, it is important to first understand the relevant theories and principles, and the physical, information, communication and technological forms in which accessibility products and services are applied.


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