21 June 2018
A capacity building training on Universal Design for People with disabilities began on Thursday in Yangon.
This 2-day training is organized by Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI) with the support of Australian Aid. Universal design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to people with disabilities.
The training is also aimed to build understanding on the importance of Universal design. It’s also an important step toward making the Yangon an inclusive and accessible city, Myanmar Independent Living Initiative said.
Executive Director, Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, Nay Lin Soe said “We want to adopt Universal Design and work on building, transportation and public areas not only in Yangon but also other places across the country. Yangon Region Chief Minister told us to practice the Design in the new Yangon City project. We will hold a seminar on Universal Design to get the full participation. I’d like to urge the Union Government to take into account the PWD rights and opportunities more; to lay down policies and listen to our voices.”
Myanmar has had the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Law since 2015 June – concerned officials and stakeholders have been working to enact by-law. This training includes such facts as concept, movement and importance of Universal Design, safe, accessible and barrier-free.
Operation Assistant, Myanmar National Association of the Blind, Ye Mon Thu said “Universal Design is good for our People with disabilities. Myanmar has one of the highest rates of blindness. Universal Design supports barrier free for PWD and also for Pregnant women, children and the elderly. Here in our country, the Universal Design is less practiced.”
In Myanmar, about 2.3 million (4.6 %) of the population are people with disabilities.