Abidjan, 02 Oct 2021 - Pierre Kassi Aboigny is an administrative agent at (CMP) college in Plateau, Abidjan.
As a person with reduced mobility, he moves around in a wheelchair, using public transport not suited to his condition. To get to his place of work, he is carried up the stairs by students for lack of ramps. There are no "adequate" facilities available that would enable people with disabilities to work, go to school, play sports like everyone else, have access to a quality of life, autonomy, safety and respect for human dignity.
The family of a 1st-grade student at a High School in Port-Bouet have been in contact with the Directorate for the Advancement of Persons with Disabilities (DAPH) and the school board to provide their daughter, with reduced mobility, some means to attend classes in a room on the ground floor. According to Konan Agathe, the deputy Director in charge, if the school cannot build access ramps, it must get the classes to the ground floor, to allow the student to attend and ensure she receives proper education by right. Adequate access to school must be provided by officials to the girl.
Adequate facilities are therefore concrete measures to ensure she does not suffer the negative effects of an already unsuitable environment, for a disabled person in our society.
Often easy to implement and inexpensive, this type of facilities contributes to a fairer society, while improving the quality and attractiveness of goods and services offered to all citizens.
Thus, offering the specific needs of a person with a disability, to enable him or her to work, train, play sports and live on an equal footing with others and to participate in activities or to move around as independently as possible.
Finally, these facilities ensure security and respect for the dignity of individuals.