The Ministry of Education has said all schools in the British Virgin Islands will be rebuilt or repaired with facilities that make them more accessible to students with disabilities.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Marcia Potter made the announcement during a public meeting in the Eighth Electoral District yesterday, January 29.
Dr Potter did not give a timeline as to when all schools will become disabled-friendly.
She, however, said donors who are funding the rebuild of local schools had a big part to play in the initiative.
“All the persons who have offered to rebuild some of our schools; that is part of their requirement; that as the schools are rebuilt, they all have access for those with disabilities,” Dr Potter said.
She did not specify what modifications will be done to make schools more accessible to disabled students.
But, infrastructure usually beneficial to persons with disabilities includes a step-less system for easy access to buildings, wheelchair ramps, the provisions of lifts for free access to upper floors, adequately wide doors for wheelchair entry, and accessible toilets.
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