TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON GASB




July 25, 2018 3:04 pm

On Wednesday 25th July 2018, the National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MoGCSP) held a technical workshop on the Ghana Accessibility Standard For Built-Environment (GASB) for officers from some selected Assemblies in the Ashanti Region.

Addressing the participants, the Acting Executive Secretary of NCPD, Mr Kwamena Dadzie-Dennis said the workshop was to introduce to participants the GASB; discuss the application/use of the provisions in GASB; and finally discuss other accessibility related issues.

The Ghana Accessibility Standard for the Built environment (GASB) was developed and launched in November, 2016.
The purpose of this Standard is to provide specifications for policy makers, implementers and service providers to ensure quality and non-discriminatory services in the built environment in Ghana.
The goal of the Standard is to contribute to a universal accessibility in the built environment.

 

Objectives of the Standard

  • To provide an accessible built environment to the users.
  • To provide a tool for measurement or auditing of universal accessibility in the built environment.
  • To guide developers, designers and other persons involved in the built environment process in incorporating accessibility principles in all stages of planning, design and execution.
  • To increase awareness on accessibility Standards and the need for barrier-free design in the built environment.

The importance of the Standard to Ghana

The importance of the document is that for the first time, the operators(architects, engineers, contractors and so on) in the Built-environment  in Ghana have a reference source (minimum guidelines) that would enable them to design disability friendly structures(schools, hospitals, roads, pavements ,recreational facilities and so on) and thus make the Built-environment accessible to Persons with Disability(PWDs).They would therefore  be able to access services and information and participate fully in the national developmental process and contribute their quota.

Participants

They are 5 Co-ordinating Directors, 5 Engineers, 5 Physical Planning Officers, 5 Chairpersons of the Works Sub-committees and 5 Urban/Feeder roads officers from 5 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Ashanti Region.

These are: Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly

Ejisu Municipal Assembly

Asokore Mampong Muncipal Assembly

Atwima Nwabiegya District Assembly

Bosome Freho District Assembly

 

Expected workshop outcomes

Acquisition and application of knowledge on the provisions in the GASB and other accessibility related issues.