In order to enable persons with visual impairments to move about independently with safety and dignity, Building and Construction Authority (BCA) encourages qualified persons and designers to adopt recommendations on visual contrast in building interiors to help create an inclusive environment.
The orientation and mobility of persons with visual impairments will be greatly enhanced by introducing the concept of:
When it becomes a compulsory requirement for everyone without serious health condition to wear a mask in the public and workplace since 14 April 2020 because of COVID-19 pandemic, for people with hearing impairments, communicating with a traditional mask has became like blind folding our eyes and putting on ear plugs while watching a movie. Some employees with hearing disabilities are relying on lip reading to communicate. Continue reading “Support Mask for Accessibility”
Universal Design (UD) means “design for all”. It aims to create an environment which will address the needs of as many people as possible, regardless of their abilities and age. Consequently UD takes into consideration the physical, social and psychological needs of all possible users. On the other hand, Barrier-Free Accessibility (BFA) evaluates the physical accessibility of the built environment and adopts measures to reduce physical barriers for these people. BFA is hence a “sub-set” of UD. Continue reading “Universal Design (UD) and Barrier-Free Accessibility (BFA)”
Workplace accessibility should not confine to the facility, physical design and furnishing of a space. It also covers “soft areas” such as the way a meeting or discussion is conducted and presentation is delivered. Everyone with or without disabilities or special needs has different needs. Implementing onsite accessibility measures for meeting and conference assures a pleasant experience to both attendees and presenters.
Imagine it is your 80 years old birthday today. You have your children and grandchildren celebrating your birthday with you. You see that they are chit-chatting and laughing. But, you can hardly hear clearly, neither you can see clearly because of your ageing.
You hope that your children can share with you what they are doing, talking or laughing about. You wish that you can join them, taking part actively in the conversation. You ask your daughter what they are laughing about. And she answers, “Well mom, that’s nothing important, I will tell you later.” But you know, the “later” will never come. Continue reading “More Empathy, Less Loneliness”