Making ILO Offices Accessible to Persons with Disabilities: Access Handbook

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Purpose of the Handbook

This Access Handbook is intended to assist the efforts of ILO directors and staff in headquarters, field and project offices to make ILO premises and services throughout the world accessible to people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. The Handbook can help renew ILO efforts to advance in promoting access of persons with disabilities. In particular, it will help in:

 preparing for an access review

 putting in place an evaluative process, including appropriate consultation with people and organizations concerned

 ensuring that the review is relevant and appropriate to local conditions

 taking into account locally established standards on accessibility

 carrying out the review of ILO premises for people with physical and sensory disabilities

 making recommendations for change.

Benefits of improving access

While improving access for staff and delegates with disabilities is the primary focus, the benefits of improved access are more widespread and will be felt by:

 their friends, family members or support workers accompanying them

 older persons who may not have a disability but find access easier

 persons making deliveries or carrying heavy items

 persons accompanied by children

 persons with temporary mobility impairments (such as a broken leg, sprained ankle).

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