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Wheelchair friendly town

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, February 02, 2013

WHEELCHAIR users can now move freely around Labasa after it was declared the first wheelchair-friendly town in the country yesterday.

The initiative was a collaborative effort of the Action for Children and the Aged Trust Fiji (ACATA) in partnership with Fiji Wheelchairs, Spinal Injury Association, Vodafone ATH Fiji, Northern Charity Alliance, Lions Club of Labasa and the Labasa Town Council. The wheelchair friendly town declaration follows the construction of small driveways, footpaths and facilities to allow easy access for people who use wheelchairs.

ACATA executive director Rosan Lal said the idea came after they distributed a number of wheelchairs to recipients in Vanua Levu.

He said the initiative would foster an integrated society where no one was seen as disadvantaged.

"We are trying to break down unnecessary physical barriers and exclusions imposed on disabled people by the current design of town footpaths. At least, wheelchair users will travel freely without any hiccup."

Labasa special administrator Vijay Chand welcomed the idea.