Going beyond barrier free in Singapore

Picture of a lever door handle on a dark pink background with a blue tag on it saying lever handles are easier for everyoneSingapore has actively progressed the universal design agenda in recent years. This article in the Singapore public service magazine Challenge, outlines the progress and the rationale. To ensure future buildings are friendly for all users, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) updated the Accessibility Code with a set of additional requirements such as family friendly nursing rooms, lever handles, and wider corridors. This clearly broadens the scope from focusing just on wheelchair users and people with low vision. The article, Universal Design – Accessibility for All Ages and Abilities outlines some of the constraints facing the BCA and ways they try to overcome them. The article also has links to other useful resources.