“ States Parties shall take effective measures to ensure personal mobility with the greatest possible independence for persons with disabilities.”
Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, article 20 (extract)
“ To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas. These measures, which shall include the identification and elimination of obstacles and barriers to accessibility.”
Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, article 9 (extract)
Handicap & Mobility
Accessibility and mobility are terms that cover a broad variety of overtones. An accessible society with respect for mobility in both North and South creates more chances for everyone. The interpretation of the concept ‘accessibility’ is still strongly coloured by Western denotations. People with disabilities in the South actively advocate a more South-specific interpretation characterized by the needs and interest out of their own living conditions.