Description of ad: A man in a wheelchair is in front of an open lift at an MRT (mass rapid transit) station. He cannot enter the lift because it is full. We see 10 people inside the lift, all of whom are non-disabled. All of them are ignoring the wheelchair user – some are looking away; others are checking or talking on their phones.
Headline: To you, it’s the easy way. To him, it’s the only way.
Body text: Often, we do not realise that persons with disabilities lack alternative routes to get around. To enable them to do about their daily lives, we just need to observe these simple rules. Avoid using elevators, seats and toilets designated for persons with disabilities. Also, do not park in front of ramps and in parking lots meant for them. Remember, their biggest disability is our apathy.
Credit to: Disabled People’s Association Singapore
Generally, there are 4 groups of people with different special needs. Their impairments are as follow:
1. Mobility impairment. They are wheelchair users or the ambulant disabled with restricted movements.
2. Visual impairment. This refers to blindness, partial sight and color blindness.
3. Hearing impairment. They are people with deafness and hearing loss.
4. Cognitive impairment. They are people who face cognitive, language or learning disabilities such as people with dementia or autism.
Designing and building an interior integrated with accessibility means such as assistive devices can facilitate user-friendliness of a space. This means a space has to be inclusive enough in enabling users in general as well as people with special needs use a space more confidently and independently. By including more accessible measures to our environment, it can improve the quality of life for persons with special needs and their care-givers tremendously.
Thus, we value the benefits universal design brings to our clients. It has also became an important factor in our design thinking process. We believe being inclusive should be a collective effort among all stakeholders and society as a whole.
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The answer is No. Different countries use different sign languages. Some countries even have multiple sign languages. Sign language is not just the hand and body movements but also includes facial expressions.
“The disability is not the problem, the accessibility is the problem”.
This quotation by Prof. Mohamed Jemni is so heartfelt.
It all begins with design, in all aspects, that we need to incorporate great sense of empathy so people with a diverse backgrounds, abilities and disabilities can uplift their life through the use of technology and accessibility means. Precise personalization for those with special needs can transform impossibility to possibility.
We believe everyone should be given a fair chance to succeed.