UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN SOUTH AFIRCA
South Africa has started to implement Universal Access and Universal Design to a greater extend than one might think.
There has been a Presidential Working Group on Disabilities already in 2016. In 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa specifically and strongly addressed the issue of inclusion at his State of the Nation Address. The efforts of creating awareness of Universal Design and implementing its principles are being put into action from Municipal Divisions, to Provincial Levels and up to top levels of Government. of Universal Access has already been implemented in our Transport system, such as the development of the Gautrain transport system. Various levels of inclusion design is being implemented in our Education System from pre-school to Tertiary Institutions. And now the plead for the private sector to also get involved in the process is being emphasized.
SOUTH AFRICAN LAW AND LEGISLATION REGARDING PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The Constitution of South Africa (1996) Bill of Rights (chapter 2)
The Integrated National Disability Strategy White Paper, Nov 1997
The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA), 2000(Act No 4 of 2000)
The SA adopted UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol
PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA COMMITS TO INCLUSION AND ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
26 Feb 2019