Public Toilets for Visually Impaired Persons: Application of the Principles of Universal Design

By Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 781.104KB).

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor of the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is Lab Leader of the Public Design Lab. His research interests are in design, society and user-needs.

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