Physical accessibility

Accessibility of the physical environment is one of the main independence conditions for people with various disabilities. Public spaces have to equally be made accessible for the visually and hearing impaired.

Research conducted by LDF members showed that only a fifth of health institutions are completely accessible for persons with disabilities, while the percentage of accessible schools is less than 50. Public transportation also frequently becomes an obstacle for independent movement: 70 percent of all the passenger buses in Lithuania are not accessible for the disabled population.

There is a severe lack of construction elements which provide markings for the blind and the visually impaired in public spaces, such as contrast strips on the stairs, tactile surfaces on the pavement.

For the hearing impaired it is important that the evacuation and information systems in public buildings would function using not only auditory, but also light-based signals.