NGO pushes for more disabled-friendly restrooms

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A public restroom in Phnom Penh. KT/ Mai Vireak

The Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation is urging the public and private sectors to implement disabled-friendly restroom standards by expanding entrances and providing ramps.

Ngin Saorath, CDPO executive director, today said during a forum in Phnom Penh that despite previous efforts to make access to toilets easier, there are still challenges that need to be addressed.

“In Phnom Penh, there are only 15 public restrooms that are friendly to people with disabilities,” Mr Saorath said. “We should provide ramps for pregnant women, the elderly, children and those with disabilities.”

“What we want to see is something acceptable, so that disabled people can use a public toilet without help from others,” he added.

Eu Ly, a 54-year-old resident who lives with a disability, said there are public restrooms that accommodate to those living with disabilities, but noted that some are inaccessible.

“Some restrooms have narrow entrances, which require others to help us go inside. So what is important is that we have a ramp for people in a wheelchair like me,” Mr Ly said. “There should also be a way for blind and deaf people to access public restrooms.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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