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Accessibility for All

Good Practices of Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific to Promote Disability-Inclusive Development

This publication seeks to support policymakers in promoting accessibility at a policy and practical level. It contains information on relevant global and regional mandates that support and promote disability-inclusive development and accessibility, with a view to demonstrate the multi-faceted value of focusing on disability and accessibility policies to achieve broader development goals. Readers will learn about the core concepts of disability and accessibility, and be empowered with knowledge on standards, tools and means of promoting accessibility. Furthermore, this publication will outline and analyse examples of good practices of accessibility identified in Asia and the Pacific. The majority of the good practices featured in this publication were initially discussed at two international and multi-stakeholder workshops that took place in 2014 and 2015, with a few additional examples drawn from Pacific island member States. The selection of practices for this publication is based on their embodiment of the principles of accessibility, demonstrated success, measurable impact on the community, and their adaptable and replicable nature.

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The marginalization of persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific continues to be apparent. Many reasons are cited for this marginalization, including the lack of effective social protection services, the lack of policies to prohibit and enforce non-discrimination, and the existence of negative stereotypes held by the public about persons with disabilities. Issues such as population ageing, chronic health conditions, road traffic injuries, and conflict, all of which can be found throughout the region, greatly increase the number of persons with disabilities and impacts on their freedom, inclusion and empowerment,furthering the inequalities of accessibility and opportunity faced by persons with disabilities.