Equal opportunities should be available to all, and it is only fair and correct that visually impaired persons (VIPs) have equal access to public toilets. However, VIPs, including those in well-developed cities with a high standard of living, face many different barriers when accessing public toilets. Since 2009, a study has been carried out in Hong Kong to review public policy and attempt to improve this situation by striving for an inclusive public environment to assist VIPs. This paper identifies deficiencies in existing policies, and by applying the Universal Design Principles introduced by the Center of University Design of the North Carolina State University, USA, some key design issues that require attention and proposes possible improvements.
|Keywords:||Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs), Accessibility, Public Toilet, Universal Design, Public Design, Inclusion|
Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
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