June 05, 2008 (LBO) – Only two percent of the public buildings in Sri Lanka have easy access to the disabled, CEAT Tyres which is backing an organization that is campaigning to improving access to public buildings by the disabled, has said.
“For numerous reasons, disability in both visible and invisible forms is on the rise in Sri Lanka. Today, the risk of becoming disabled has become a grave social problem afflicting a wide range of people.”
“By the way we continue to design our buildings, man is creating more physical barriers to man in attending to normal daily activities. This is wholly unacceptable in modern day Sri Lanka.
Activists are promoting ˜designing for inclusion™ in Sri Lanka™s construction industry to accommodate the increasing numbers of people who are physically or sensorily disadvantaged.
“Statistics show that less than two per cent of all buildings, private or public, have access for the mobility impaired,” Oscar Braganza, managing director of CEAT Sri Lanka , was quoted as saying in a statement.
“Wittingly or unwittingly we are discriminating against this increasingly large sector of the community.”
The tyre maker is supporting ‘IDIRIYA’, an organization of professionals that is campai