The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and National Council for Persons with disabilities (NCPWD) are organizing a two-day workshop sponsored by the Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) on the 13th to 14th March, 2014 at the Nevada Hotel, Meru.
NCPWD is a state corporation established under the Persons with Disabilities Act No.14 of 2003 to champion for the rights, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities in Kenya.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) mandate involves bringing together stakeholders to develop standards based solutions aimed at improving the quality of life for all Kenyans including persons living with disabilities. The Kenyan Standard KS ISO 21542, Building Construction - Accessibility and usability of the built environment, provides solutions on accessibility and usability of the built environment for all Kenyans. KEBS has in place a national mirror committee of experts addressing standards relating to assistive products and services for persons with disabilities (KEBS/TC 132). The subject of this workshop is one of the deliverables of this committee.
The theme is “Accessibility and Usability of the built environment for ALL”
An accessible physical environment benefits the entire society, not just persons with disabilities. The PWDS Act, 2003 states “Persons with disabilities are entitled to a barrier- free and disability-friendly environment to enable them to have access to buildings, roads and other social amenities, and assistive devices and other equipment to promote their mobility.” Measures should be undertaken to eliminate obstacles and barriers to indoor and outdoor facilities including schools, medical facilities and workplaces. These would include not only buildings, but also footpaths, and obstacles that block the flow of pedestrian traffic.
OBJECTIVE OF WORKSHOP
The objective of the workshop is to create awareness on the International Standard, ISO 21542; that provides building users, designers, engineers, builders, building owners and managers, manufacturers, policy makers and legislators with requirements and recommendation to create a sustainable built environment,which is accessible, emphasizing on accessibility by persons with disabilities.
This will facilitate local and regional trade for SMEs through making all public facilities accessible to all, without any discrimination.
Also to bring to the attention of the stakeholders Section 21 of the PWDs Act, 2003 on Accessibility and mobility. All new and old buildings intended for use by the public should meet the requirements set out in KS ISO 21542 as per PWDs Act 2003.
The purpose of this letter is to request your organization/company to nominate participants in the category of “building users, architects, designers, engineers, builders, building owners and managers, manufacturers, policy makers and legislators”, to the two day awareness workshop.
Policy makers or Senior management may attend only the SESSION dealing with policy and management issues.
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