‘More needs to be done for persons with disabilities’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI has made “great efforts” to accommodate people with disabilities and integrating them to society but more still needs be done, said the managing director of the Association for Disabled Children (KACA).

“(One area that needs improvement) is accessibility in all venues for those in wheelchairs and other disabilities. This is very important and we’re looking forward to a future where new buildings will ensure these facilities are available for them,” said Hj Abd Alim Hj Othman, Managing Director of KACA, in an interview yesterday.

Hj Abd Alim said the lack of accessibility in public facilities makes it difficult for people on wheelchairs to mingle and socialise in public as they have to worry about whether they can enter the building safely or whether the toilets can fit a wheelchair.

“If more of these places become accessible, they will be able to go out, mingle and socialise in public. When all venues (in the country) have include these facilities, whether it is government building or public places, it means we have accepted (and integrated) them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hj Abd Alim said that KACA is looking for more volunteers to help their cause to improve and provide more services.

“We need more volunteers particularly to assist us to visit homes of children who are unable to come to the centre due to their disability,” said Hj Abd Alim

He added that volunteers are always welcome regardless of how long they are able to commit their time. For those who are interested in volunteering for KACA, they may approach the office directly, call them at 2238337 or email them at kacabrunei@gmail.com.

The Brunei Times