Accessibility in the built environment is increasingly relevant to Singapore as we expect the number of people with mobility difficulties to increase over the years.
To prepare for the ageing population, the government is working towards a successful "ageing in place" lifestyle and accessibility is identified as one of the key enablers. An accessible environment allows our elders to maintain essential links to family, friends and the wider community. It enables them to maintain their independence and is an important driver for a more inclusive society. Hence, a key thrust of MND and BCA is to champion a promotion programme for enhancing the level of accessibility in Singapore.
The Accessibility Fund
BCA noticed that accessibility in buildings had improved considerably since the implementation of the Code on Barrier-Free Accessibility in Buildings 1990. However, there remains a large stock of pre-1990 buildings that are still “inaccessible”. A 5-year Barrier-Free Accessibility (BFA) Upgrading Programme (2007-2011) has been put in place to support the upgrading of existing buildings.
To encourage private sector participation, a $40-million Accessibility Fund is set aside to upgrade buildings built before 1990 which are not BFA compliant. The Fund is also used to upgrade all key areas and essential facilities in Singapore to provide at least basic accessibility by 2011.
List of Accessible Buildings
For accessible buildings which are frequented by the public, BCA has published a list of such buildings to help users with accessibility difficulties. Persons with disabilities are able to access and move freely within these buildings. This list which also contains full BFA features: lift, carparking lots, toilet for person with disabilities will be continually updated with more accessible buildings been audited by BCA.
Besides being a useful reference for users, the list will also serve as an encouragement to building owners to improve their buildings voluntarily to make them more accessible for all users.
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