Globalising accessibility: drawing on the experiences of developed countries to enable the participation of disabled people in Zambia

Banda-Chalwe, Martha, Nitz, Jennifer C. and de Jonge, Desleigh (2012) Globalising accessibility: drawing on the experiences of developed countries to enable the participation of disabled people in Zambia. Disability and Society, 27 7: 917-934. doi:10.1080/09687599.2012.692024


Author Banda-Chalwe, Martha
Nitz, Jennifer C.
de Jonge, Desleigh
Title Globalising accessibility: drawing on the experiences of developed countries to enable the participation of disabled people in Zambia
Journal name Disability and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0968-7599
1360-0508
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09687599.2012.692024
Volume 27
Issue 7
Start page 917
End page 934
Total pages 18
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper explores the accessibility situation in a developing country such as Zambia. The global view of accessibility for disabled people is provided to examine the accessibility situation in developed and developing countries, highlighting the role of the environment in achieving rights for disabled people. Recognition of disability rights relating to accessible built environments is a necessary element to ensure their participation. Limited disability research, lack of disability policies and systems, evaluation of disability rights and support from developed countries have been cited as contributing to the non-recognition of disability rights and low participation by disabled people in Africa. An international perspective of disability, accessibility and participation and the experiences of developed countries are examined and their potential for advancing accessible built environments for participation in developing countries considered. However, accessibility concepts, having been developed in western countries, are presented with caution acknowledging the geographical, social–cultural and economic differences that exist.
Keyword Disability rights
Accessibility
Participation
Built environment
Developing countries
Zambia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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