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Framework on Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities Drawn Up

October 21, 2021

Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

The National Strategic Framework on Reasonable Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities has been drawn up.

The women, youth and persons with disabilities department published the Framework in Government Gazette 45328.

The Framework is designed to explain the implications of reasonable accommodation support as a fundamental human right; ensure that reasonable accommodation support is approached from a human rights and inclusive development perspective; ensure that all public and private sector entities make provision for reasonable accommodation in service delivery; allow for and support the development of reasonable accommodation plans as integral components of Universal Design Access Plans and facilitate the implementation of programmes or the provision of reasonable accommodation measures which includes the provision of accessible amenities and assistive devices to persons with disabilities which will enable them to fully participate in the activities of society.

The Framework focuses on interpretation, objects and application of the framework; reasonable accommodation within the rights perspective; disclosure of reasonable accommodation requirements; financing reasonable accommodation; monitoring and evaluation, roles and responsibilities and strengthening the legislative framework for reasonable accommodation.

Meanwhile, in Notice 606, the department published the National Strategic Framework on Universal Design and Access.

The Framework aims to provide the context within which universal design and access must be included in national legislation; ensure that universal design relates to the human condition and applies to all service users, and in particular protecting the right to the removal of barriers to access and participation for persons with disabilities; ensure that all services available to the public in the private or public sector make provision for universal design and access regardless of citizenship, race, gender, sex, age, culture, disability, religious and cultural and personal circumstances; provide for the development of national norms, performance standards and indicators for universal design and access; provide for the development of Universal Design Access Plans within the context of Equality Plans envisaged in Section 5 of PEPUDA; provide for the auditing of services, for their evaluation and for the prospect of legal recourse; highlight the relationship between universal design, health and safety and emergency evacuation; clarify the roles and responsibilities in the management of universal design and access within the basket of services, products and facilities and make provisions for the relevant institutional arrangements for universal design and access.

The Framework focuses on interpretation, objects and application of the framework; universal design and right of access to services; universal access, universal design and safety measures; financing universal design and access; institutional arrangements for universal design and access coordination and management; universal design access plans and monitoring and evaluation.