The White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2015
a. STRATEGIC PILLARS FOR REALISING THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
i. Pillar 1 – Removing Barriers to Access and Participation:
1. The creation of barrier-free environments requires collective and concurrent action by law and policy makers, service providers, regulatory bodies, the private sector as well as organisations of and for persons with disabilities. Accessibility lies at the heart of the right to human dignity – being able to live as an equal resident in one’s community, being accorded respect for your personal space, having the right to equal opportunities and negotiating one’s life unhindered by manmade barriers.
2. A number of articles in the UNCRPD requires State Parties to take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access, on an equal basis with others, the physical environment, transportation, information and communications as well as other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas.
3. The following six dimensions have to be addressed in order to remove barriers to access and participation:
a. Changing attitudes and behaviour;
b. Access to the built environment;
c. Access to transport;
d. Access to information and communication;
e. Universal design and access; and
f. Reasonable accommodation measures.