The Problem

Spaces, products and services in many African societies are not inclusive, that is, they do not take into consideration human diversity. Thus, they are neither accessible nor usable by a wide range of persons including the elderly, people living with temporary or permanent disabilities, children and even someone who is not fully concentrating at the time.

For People living with disabilities, this means multiple levels of discrimination. On one hand, Negative attitudes and perceptions trail disability. As a result, there are myths, prejudices and stereotypes linked to persons living with disability that frustrate their full participation in society. On the other hand, they are unable to access several public spaces, banks, schools, office buildings, libraries, entertainment and recreation places, among others, because these facilities are not designed to accommodate them.

Also, the need for inclusion is rarely taught in many African design schools (Schools of Architecture and other related fields) or emphasized in professional practice. Ensuring access is usually an after-thought which includes basic entry ramps that are often steeper than recommended.

Poor design of spaces, products and services potentially excludes users which depending on the context may be beneficiaries or clients. This lack of awareness of designers, architects, planners and developers of the need for inclusive design contributes to inaccessible structures.

This is the problem we work to solve.

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