Accessibility to facilities for persons with disabilities at public institutes of higher learning

Aizan Sofia Amin, Siti Zuliana Md Zuki, Noremy Md Akhir

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Abstract

Issues related to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) rights are increasingly being considered in Malaysia. This includes their rights in education, employment, healthcare as well as access to the facilities and services provided. Accessibility in education especially at universities are among the major issues faced by PWD. Therefore, this study was conducted to identify the accessibility of facilities for persons with disabilities in public institutes of higher education. This study focuses on structured observations of PWD facilities at four faculties and four resource centres in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Five basic facilities for PWD such as parking space, stairs, lifts, toilets and pathways/ramps were thoroughly observed. A detailed comparison was carried out to identify the accessibility of those facilities and the extent of compliance to specifications outlined in universal design criteria. The study findings show that although PWD facilities were available, those facilities were still inadequate and did not follow the specifications set. Facility providers namely the university should devise a specific action plan and establish an inclusive policy for PWD to ensure their rights and needs are entirely fulfilled.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-37
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering
Volume8
Issue number2 Special Issue 10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Facilities
  • Persons With Disabilities
  • Universal Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Accessibility to facilities for persons with disabilities at public institutes of higher learning. / Amin, Aizan Sofia; Zuki, Siti Zuliana Md; Akhir, Noremy Md.

In: International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 2 Special Issue 10, 09.2019, p. 21-37.

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