Recognised by the Zero Project as an ‘Innovative Policy on Accessibility‘ in 2014, Uganda’s Accessibility Standards are an important start in advocating and enforcing an accessible environment for all persons, including persons with disabilities.
In 2007, a Ugandan ministerial report found that 95% of the buildings in Kampala were not accessible, despite the fact that several laws emphasised the need to have an accessible physical environment, such as the Persons with Disabilities Act and National Policy on Disability, both of 2006. In many countries in the Global South, accessibility standards do not exist. In the few countries where they exist, they are often not legally binding, not enforced and not monitored.Uganda is among the first sub-Saharan countries to have developed their own accessibility standards, with the objective of them acting as a blueprint and be a tool for measurement, assessment and advising.
After an in-depth review, in 2010, the Uganda National Action on Physical Disability and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development developed Uganda’s first Accessibility Standards.