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Apr 19, 2019

The Prospects and Situation of Accessibility In Nepal : Collection of Articles

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NFDN has published this collection of articles on "Accessibility" with the support of architects/engineers, academicians (University professors), disaster actors, accessibility promoters and disability rights activists. This book has covered different aspects of accessibility and universal design. It has treated accessibility as crosscutting issues for various sectors i.e. sports, disaster risk management, transport system, tourism, employment and Water and Sanitation hygiene (WASH). It has also provided a good picture of the situation of accessibility in Nepal, barriers facing by persons with disabilities due to inaccessible environment, appropriate solutions considering the socio-economic context of Nepal, its potentials and challenges as well.

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Publisher's (NFDN) Note and Message from CBM

Accessibility is a key prerequisite for the rights promotion of persons with disabilities. Accessibility enhances their general mobility, active life, public participation and independent living. It crosscuts in each of the agendas of inclusive development. This is one of the key principles of the United Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), as accessibility needs to be ensured while implementing all other articles and relevant provisions.

Inclusive Tourism in Nepal: Challenging the abled body/disabled body and accessible/inaccessible binaries

Emily McIntyre

The following research paper applies disability rights and inclusive design for accessible tourism in Nepal. The research is particularly topical because a new act governing disability rights was passed in Nepal in late 2017. Field work and observation in Nepal included interviews of 10 service providers in the tourism industry, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and disabled people's organizations (DPO).

Access to Transport Services for People with Disabilities in Kathmandu

Bhushan Tuladhar

This article analyzes the current scenario regarding access to transport services for person with disability (PWD) in Kathmandu Valley. It describes the problems faced by people with disability in access to transportation and highlights the gaps between available policies and their implementation.

Accessibility in Sports: A step to Inclusiveness How Sports can Contribute to make Nepal More Disabled Friendly and Diverse

Pawan Ghimire

Sport is the integral part of all human being disregarding their caste, ethnicity, age, sex, and physical status. It has always stood as an effective tool for social harmony, conflict resolution, and enhancement of the physical and mental well-being of individuals. When a player happens to be a person with disability, its importance is doubled, as sport bears a power to rehabilitate, empower, corrects/ his mobility skills and cure many of his physical disorders. However, access of persons with disabilities in sports activities in the context of Nepal is relatively low due to lack of accessible sports facilities such as playfield and equipment. Accessible sports, also coined as inclusive sports, are fundamental to inclusion as it allows both and people with and without disabilities to use the same facilities.

Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal (Situation, gaps, challenges and way forward)

Dr. Dhruba Gautam and Shaurabh Sharma

This article is about disability inclusive disaster risk reduction. It analyzes the current situation, explores gaps between policy and practices, and builds resilient capacity. Inadequate information and reflection on disability are the key drawbacks and challenges while planning, knowledge management and dissemination of issues related to risks and vulnerabilities. This study is based on qualitative and quantitative data. Despite of its importance, very few many agencies are working on DiDRR.

Accessible WASH: Perspective and Practices

Giri Raj Khatri

This article is written to explore the perspective and practices in accessible WASH in Nepal. The analysis was done using the empirical data collected from the field interviews from diverse stakeholders in different districts of Nepal. These data were complemented by policies and guideline, author's first hands field observations and published reports and literature. This article argues that only building a ramp or other infrastructures is not enough, it should be accessible from the other perspectives.

Accessibility Audit: Challenges, learning, and good practices

Utcrist Raj Onta

"Accessibility is a right." It is a basic right of any individual, irrespective of age, gender or disability, to access the infrastructure on his or her own. It is the duty and responsibility of any individual to assure accessibility from the individual's side. But, in the context of Nepal, the attitude towards accessibility, even though it is improving, is still poor. Accessible infrastructure seems to be useful to mainly people with disabilities, but it is in fact useful for everyone.

Nepal’s Response to Earthquake 2015: Experience of Emergency Responders and Humanitarian Assistance Providers in Inclusive and Accessible Humanitarian Assistance Delivery

Sapana Bista, Padam Simkhada, Dr. Kim Ross-Houle and Rose Khatri

The earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015 received worldwide attention for the devastation it caused to lives and infrastructures. Yet, the impact of it on people with disabilities and experiences of emergency responders and humanitarian assistance providers have remained under-researched. This study aims to explore first-hand experiences faced by emergency responders and humanitarian assistance providers to evaluate the effectiveness in the implementation of inclusive and accessible emergency response during disasters. In addition, this paper will identify good practices and barriers faced by them in facilitating inclusive and accessible recovery and rehabilitation post-disaster.

The Disability Rights Promotion International – Asian Workplace Approach that Respects Equality: A focus on accessible workplaces in Nepal

Marcia Rioux, Paula Hearn, Sagar Prasai, Alexis Buettgen and Emily McIntyre

This article outlines a model of employment for women and men with disabilities that encompasses a diverse yet particular approach. Through a disability rights lens, employment outcomes are achieved through addressing disabling barriers created by society rather than changing the individual to fit within society's norms. The Disability Rights Promotion International – Asian Workplace Approach that Respects Equality (DRPI-AWARE) model shifts the focus on training job seekers with disabilities according to their perceived deficits, toward a focus on employers and the workplace.

The Prospects and Situation of Accessibility in Nepal: Collections of Articles

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