The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (hereinafter referred to as the UN-CRPD) has been promulgated in the Hong Kong SAR since 31 August 2008, which symbolizes the further implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities.
Accessibility of the built environment is an important part of equality and full participation in the community. Barrier-free building environment not only enhance the image and status of buildings in different communities, but actually benefit independent usage by a range of facility users such as people with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant women, hand-push baby carriages or people with large luggage.
The Chief Executive, in his Policy Address 2016, pointed out that the Government would step up the construction of a friendly environment for the elderly. This would not only facilitate the elderly to use various community facilities and facilitate safe walking in the district, but also benefit the disabled and other people in need.
In recent years, many building owners have taken the initiative to improve their barrier-free facilities. There are also various organizations providing accessible community information to the public. This indicates that the community is becoming more and more concern with providing barrier-free facilities for those in need.
Being a building professional working as developers, construction contractors or property / facility managers, we play a crucial role in the decision making process and should therefore make more impactful contribution to promote barrier-free buildings in the community and to build a communion of the city.
Ar Joseph Kwan MH, will share with us the international trend, background and history of BFA development. It would help us to better understand the rationale of the BFA design and to remind us of our social responsibility as a true building professional.