20130131 Accessibility Design Guide

The Australian aid program has taken a leap towards making aid and development investments more accessible for all with the release of the Accessibility Design Guide.

The guide is a companion volume to the Development for All strategy, designed to ensure that Australian aid is accessible for people with disability. The guide provides practical guidance on how to reduce physical barriers for people with disability across the aid program.

The guide supports Australian obligations under a range of United Nations agreements including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As a party to the Convention, Australia is committed to ensuring that development activities are inclusive of, and accessible to, people with disability.

An estimated 15 per cent of the global population (one billion people) have a disability and people with disability are among the poorest and most vulnerable in developing countries.

People with disability face many barriers to full participation in society, including an increased risk of social exclusion. Social exclusion is a major contributor to the level of poverty which people with disability experience, particularly those in developing countries.

This may include being unable to access education or health services, being unable to earn a living or to participate in decision making or in family, community and political life. Australia knows that this approach to ensuring accessibility can, and does, work across our programs.

In Cambodia, Australia’s support for the Takeo Eye Hospital in Cambodia has enabled accessibility for people with disability to be improved through ramps, accessible toilets and other facilities.

The Guide is now available online and will be used by AusAID partners to improve the accessibility of investments made through the Australian aid program.

More information: Disability-inclusive development in Australia's aid program