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Improving accessibility of schools USAID 2006


Improving accessibility of schools USAID 2006

Education is important for everybody—this includes people with and without disabilities. Among other things, education gives us the opportunity to learn to read and write, it gives us the opportunity to make friends and socialise with other people, and it gives us the opportunity to learn new skills—skills that are important for employment in later life.

The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) recognises the importance of education for social and economic development through the various educational initiatives it has taken. However, many children with disabilities overwhelmingly are not included in either mainstream or specialist schooling. While there are many barriers that still exist to ensuring equal access to education for people with disabilities, this booklet focuses on the issues of physical accessibility to the school facility.

More schools currently exist than are likely to be built in the near future. Thus, this booklet focuses on some of the main issues facing existing facilities. Existing buildings pose a particular challenge as there is a need to work within the existing structures. Full compliance with accessibility standards may not be possible or reasonable in many cases.