Inaccessible Built Environments in Ghana’s Universities: The Bane of a Weak Legal and Regulatory Framework for Persons with Disabilities

  • Eric Paul Tudzi Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • John Tiah Bugri Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Anthony Kwame Danso Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Keywords: accessible built environment, compliance, disability, legal and regulatory framework, Ghana’s universities

Abstract

This is a qualitative study of the role of the legal and regulatory framework in making built environments accessible to Persons with Disabilities in six universities in Ghana. It revealed that the local component of legislation dealing with accessible environments was fragile and fraught with compliance challenges, administrative laxity and the lack of a time conscious approach to issues thereby resulting in inaccessible built environments. In effect, the study gives credence to the proposition of the social model that disability is a creation of humankind and recommends an amendment of Ghana’s Persons with Disability Act.

Author Biographies

Eric Paul Tudzi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Lecturer, Department of Land Economy, College of Art and Built Environment
John Tiah Bugri, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Associate Professor, Department of Land Economy, College of Art and Built Environment
Anthony Kwame Danso, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment
Published
2017-05-31
Section
Articles

Journal Identifiers


eISSN: 2458-746X
print ISSN: 0855-1502