Wednesday, September 30, 2009
她說，這項為期3天的活動，是由雪蘭莪殘障自立協會、美門殘障基金會及研發輪椅製造的D to D服務有限公司聯辦，用意是提高公眾對殘障人士設施的醒覺，及鼓勵更多殘障朋友融入社區生活。
負責全程電動輪椅技術問題的D to D服務有限公司代表陳錦玉說，有關輪椅在遊行時將以高速前進，但輪椅的時速是0―12公里，加上交通法令限制，所以輪椅不能駛上高速大道，活動全由舊路線開跑。
By TAN KARR WEITHE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has come up with design guidelines for toilets meant for the disabled.
According to a statement issued by the MBPJ public relations department, the guidelines were prepared as a result of a site visit by the MBPJ Disabled Technical Committee to several old folk’s and handicapped children’s homes in Petaling Jaya.
The committee had discovered that the toilet facilities provided by many of these homes did not comply with the specifications set by the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (Sirim).
Among the problems identified were that the size of the toilets were too small, there were no hand rails, the toilet bowls were too high or too low and some cubicles were not equipped with emergency alarms.
The MBPJ guidelines were drafted according to the existing Malaysian Standard (MS 1184 : 2002) - Code of Practice on Access for Disabled Persons to Public Buildings by Sirim, the Guidelines on Buildings Requirements For Disabled Persons and overseas design samples.
The design requirements for the toilets are:
·The size of the toilets should be at least 4.5 sq metres and the minimum size should be 2.13m by 2.13m;
·Toilet doors should be at least 900mm in width;
·Toilet seats should be 475mm from the floor;
·Wall mirror should be 1.15m from the floor and at a slant of between 5° and 10° (this requirement is not mentioned in the MS 1184 guideline)
·Hand rails by the toilet seat should be at 800mm from the floor and should be adjustable;
·Door handles must be 500m from the floor and the length of the handles should be 900m and fixed at the edge of the door;
·Emergency alarms must be fitted, with one emergency cord next to the toilet seat and one by the sink, an emergency siren and light beacon fitted inside of the toilet;
·Tissue holders should be next to the toilet seat, at a distance of 500mmRelated Stories:
The woes of the disabled
Source: The Star
IT takes K. Bathmavathi some time to manoeuvre herself out of her car with some assistance and she is used to this. But what she dreads is going round and round looking for a parking bay designated for the disabled.
“Time is wasted looking for a place to park and it is frustrating to find that others are using lots meant for the disabled.
Bathmavathi, wheelchair-bound since 19, said life was tough as very little was being done for people like her.
StarMetro went along with her recently and saw just how bad facilities for the disabled are.
Some had been vandalised while others were not done in accordance to the needs of a disabled person.
Even going to the banks is a problem as the buildings are not disabled-friendly - with high entrances and some without ramps.
So how do they do their banking?
“We usually wave from outside the glass door and if the security guard notices, he will come over and help carry the wheelchair up the kerb or stairs,” said Thomas Yeo.
When going out with friends, Yeo who uses a motorised wheelchair, said he could only go to a few cafes or restaurants in SS2 as not all were disabled friendly.
“Every shop has its own design and it is like travelling on a rocky road,
“Our wheelchairs cannot go up a kerb and it is not easy to push yourself up without assistance,” said Yeo, who lives with some friends at the Beautiful Gate FoundationCentre in SS2.
He said the journey home was also a scary one at night when cars speed past without noticing them.
He added that most of them had an emergency light attached to them or wearfluorescent vests to be noticed.
While the council has allocated parking lots for the disabled, extra space would help as they need this to get out with their wheelchairs.
StarMetro found only certain areas had allocated parking lots for the disabled but the signages had been vandalised.
The residents would be compiling a list of recommendations that the council could look into implementing to make the city a disabled-friendly city.
“We will compile a list and send it to the mayor so that he could look into it and make the necessary changes,” said Bathmavathi who is also in the sub-committee for the All Petaling Jaya Residents’ Association Coalition (APAC) as well as the Association of Women with Disabilities Malaysia.
Razali Adom, who lives in Taman Medan, said were always looking for places to meet with their friends, sometimes for small gatherings.
“Having to organise such events in community halls is difficult as most are not disabled-friendly.
“Sometimes we want to hold gatherings with friends in larger areas but this is a problem. We have no choice but to hold this events in our houses where we are more comfortable,” said Razali who is also a member of the Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association.
Sam Foong said she only obtained her driving licence recently and realised that getting around on her own was much easier in the city.
However, just like the rest, Foong hopes the council would make available better public facilities for the disabled as they, too, want to move around and enjoy various activities like everyone else.
During a recent council fullboard meeting, PJ mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman said all building plans would have to comply with the MS1184:2002 code of practice of Access for the Disabled People Outside Buildings and urged the departments involved to look into planning guidelines for disabled facilities.
He said several aspects that the council would be looking into seriously were the accessibility of ramps, connectivity, tactile and guilding block, lift, railings, pedestrian crossing, hand rails, grab bars, toilets and signages.
Sources: The Star