An accessible environment – open public areas (parks, playgrounds, etc.), swimming pools, beaches, sports facilities, cemeteries and holy places.
This article provides a brief description about environment accessibility.
An accessible environment means that mobility is possible as well as the use of facilities at leisure, vacation and sports sites, cemeteries, etc.
An important principle defined in environment accessibility regulations is that of providing an experience to persons with a disability as similar as possible in its nature and quality to that of a visitor that does not have a disability.
- Open public areas such as parks, playgrounds, etc. – shall be designed so that persons and children with a disability will be able to enjoy them safely and to reach most of the facilities and installations, at least one installation of every kind.
- Swimming pools and beaches – Bathing Places Regulations (Safety in Swimming Pools), 5764-2004, require local authority to make accessible beaches and swimming pools under its jurisdiction. The aim is to enable persons with a disability full and dignified use of on-site facilities, including adapted locker rooms and toilets. Access must be available to activity and rest areas and to spending time in these areas, including getting into and out of the water. The local authority must enforce the provisions with respect to this area within the framework of business licensing.
- Sports facilities – the ability to participate, both as active participants and as spectators, in ball games and athletics fields, in stadiums, walking and bicycle paths, active leisure facilities, etc.
- Cemeteries, commemoration sites and holy places – the ability to get as close as possible to the burial site, to take part in ceremonies at a site and leave the site, all with the general public. At large sites access must be available with a vehicle and a sufficient number of seating places must be provided.
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