What is Accessibility?
As Singapore prepares for an ageing society, creating accessibility within our built environment is the way forward. An accessible built environment that is barrier-free and seamlessly connected will allow persons of varying degrees of mobility to move around with ease. This in turn allows the elderly and persons with limited mobility to lead an active and independent life, while building essential bonds with family, friends and the wider community.
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) facilitates the building of this accessible built environment through 4 strategic thrusts to ensure a smooth transition:
- Tackling Future Challenges through publication of a Universal Design Guidebook and administering the Code on Accessibility in the Built Environment 2007. The Guide compiles a list of good designs and suggested dimensions for reference use. The Code contains a set of mandatory requirements to ensure future building developments are barrier-free accessible.
- Mitigate Existing Challenges through a series of programmes. These include, encouraging private sector owners to voluntarily upgrade their non barrier-free buildings through tapping on the Accessibility Fund to assist in the upgrading costs; and mandatory upgrade when building plans are submitted for major additions and alterations works.
- Maintain Accessibility Works through legislation passed in February 2008 under Section 22E of the Building Control Act.
- Building Capabilities of the Industry Stakeholders through Seminars, Workshops, Roving exhibitions, Dialogue Sessions, as well as conducting Learning Journeys with the industry participations.