Gov't buildings undergoing works to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities

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Categories: Sustainability & HSE
April 16, 2019

Government renovation projects in producing more disabled friendly environments under the 11th National Development Plan are currently in progress. According to the Minister of Culture Youth and Sports, these projects are either in their tendering stage or their architecture and design stage, and will be executed based on the ‘Different Abilities Design Guideline booklet OKU designs’ which was launched by the Ministry of Development in November 2018”

The minister added that it is necessary for the nation to adapt to these guidelines as part of our obligations under the United Nations Convention on theRights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified by the government on April, 2016. Adding to that, NGOs for individuals with disabilities have also been requesting increased inclusivity, access and equal opportunities, as many of the country’s infrastructure are not suited to accommodate those with special needs.

The minister also stated that besides inclusivity and accessibility, the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports are also aiming to improve skills and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Hence, short term vocational courses will be provided to these individuals through collaborations with Brunei’s Council for the Welfare of Persons with Different Ability.

Early datas from the government agencies have shown that there are more than 100 persons with different abilities who are employed. However, as of March 2018, only 56 were able to find full-time employment. On the other hand, The Community Development Department (JAPEM), have recorded 6,506 registered individuals with disabilities.

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