250 people take part in walk to understand mobility challenges faced by elderly, disabled

250 people take part in walk to understand mobility challenges faced by elderly, disabled

About 250 participants took part in A Walk in the Park this morning as part of the inaugural Singapore Universal Design Week 2014. Guest-of-Honour, Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, flagged off the Walk at Gardens by the Bay.

Able-bodied participants were able to experience first-hand the challenges that persons with disabilities face, and better understand why accessibility provisions are necessary.

Dr Khor donned a knee restrictor, which is part of an aged simulation suit that simulates the challenges of an elderly with knee problems, before joining participants for the Walk.

The Walk was organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and co-organised by Gardens by the Bay and National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

The walking route through Gardens by the Bay, a BCA Universal Design Mark Platinum winner, highlighted Universal Design features, such as uniquely designed accessible elevated walkways.

The Walk also brought participants through attractions in Gardens, such as the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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