Updated: 04/27/2013 00:15

More to be done to raise public's awareness of Universal Design to improve accessibility for all in Singapore's built environment



More to be done to raise public's awareness of Universal Design to improve accessibility for all in Singapore's built environment

More effort is being put in to raise awareness and promote the concept of Universal Design in Singapore's built environment among the public and industry. 

Senior Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin says the Building and Construction Authority will drive an island-wide initiative called "The InclUDed Movement". 

Various outreach and educational programmes will be rolled out to showcase the benefits and importance of Universal Design features. 

Mr Tan was speaking at the first of four roving exhibitions at Marina Square shopping mall. 

The four exhibitions will be conducted over two years and aims to target about 5,000 to 8,000 visitors. 

The exhibition will allow visitors to see, touch and experience Universal Design. 

The Universal Design features on display include family friendly facilities such as designated parking lots for those with young children in strollers, ramps for those on wheelchairs and provisions catering to those with visual impairment. 

These features are some of the changes proposed to the revised Code on Accessibility which places greater emphasis on Universal Design requirements in buildings to benefit more people. 

The draft code is currently for public consultation till end of this month. 

The next exhibition will be held in July.

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