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More facilities for the disabled

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 May, 2010, 12:00am

I am writing in response to the article 'Do more for the disabled, officials urged' (SCMP, May 10).

I believe facilities for the disabled are inadequate in Hong Kong. A typical example is buildings with escalators. Usually, the escalator steps are not broad enough to fit a wheelchair. What's worse, there are often no lifts for the disabled nearby.

In addition, there is a lack of provision for the blind, particularly at bus stops. There is nothing to let them know when their bus is approaching the stop. The only thing they can do is to ask the driver if it's the bus they want.

These problems are just the tip of the iceberg. It's time for the government and businesses to take action and build a more disabled-friendly Hong Kong.

Andrea Siu, Hang Seng School of Commerce

From the Editor

Thank you for your thoughtful letter, Andrea. The Young Post team was recently discussing this very issue. We also felt that there is a real problem in Hong Kong when it comes to caring for the disabled.

However, we had to admit that the city is better equipped than many others. The Metro in Paris, example, is very difficult for disabled people to access; and many of the stations on London's Underground lines don't have lifts, or even escalators.

But this is no reason for Hong Kong not to improve its facilities.

Many of us take our abilities for granted, and don't think about the difficulties someone who can't see, hear or walk may encounter. We don't realise that something most of us consider straightforward, such as getting on a bus, is a huge challenge for many people.

As Hongkongers, we should work hard to ensure we are all treated equally. Writing letters like this to express your dissatisfaction is a great way to draw attention to the problems in the city. You could do even more by writing to Legco, or asking groups that work with disabled people what you can do to help.

Karly, Deputy Editor

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