EOC calls for more inclusive environment for persons with disabilities

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    Some of the most problematic and disabling agents for persons with disabilities are the barriers in their environments.

    This concern is being raised by the Equal Opportunity Commission ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be commemorated tomorrow, December 3rd.

    This year’s theme is “Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development: The role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”.

    EOC Chairman Ian Roach says it should be commonplace to have ramps and automatic doors to access business places or essential services, appropriate accommodation from employers, proper infrastructure and teacher training in schools.

    He adds that a shift towards inclusive development would not only benefit persons with disabilities, but also other vulnerable groups, taxpayers and businesses.

    Mr Roach also believes that employers who are open to hiring more persons with disabilities will see a maximisation of the largely untapped potential that they bring to the workplace.