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Facilities for disabled not good enough, says adviser

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2006, 12:00am

The government has been urged to improve the design of toilets for the disabled.


Kitty Au Man-yee of Polytechnic University's environmental advisory services centre, which works for the rights of the elderly and disabled, said the present design was far from satisfactory.


The Buildings Ordinance, which was updated in 1997, requires one toilet for the disabled at facilities with one to 20 toilets and two for those with more than that.


But Ms Au said: 'The problem is not about the numbers. It is about the design. For example, many of the disabled toilets are inside the regular toilets. But often, a parent needs to accompany children, such as a teenage disabled son who needs the assistance of his mother. What can the mother do when the disabled toilet is inside the regular toilet?'


Ms Au hopes the government will update the rules to specify that toilets for the disabled must be separate from regular washrooms.


Civic Party legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung said toilets for the disabled were too narrow.


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