The AEC Associates 3D CAD Design Services have the responsibility of catering to the needs and requirements of every segment of the society while designing public places, buildings and facilities. Persons with disabilities (PWD) are also an important part of the society (nearly ten percent of the world population faces disability of one kind or the other); it’s the social, moral and in many cases, legal responsibility of 3D CAD design services to make the built environment accessible for the disabled people. It’s a fact of life that most people face some kind of disability at some time or the other during their lives; an infant or an elderly person, a sick man or a person with a fractured limb, these are just a few examples where even normal persons may face a disability like situation and need special amenities. It is, therefore, necessary to pay special attention to the needs and requirements of the disabled persons while designing public or private buildings and facilities to enable them to lead a normal life.
It has been made legally binding for 3D CAD design services in several countries to provide a minimum set of facilities to the disabled persons. Building and town planning codes have been developed and implemented for this purpose, especially in the developed countries, a precedence now being followed by many other countries. There is a need to change the mindset of the people and make them aware that providing these facilities for the disabled is not a favor anymore, this is their right in order to be able to have a level playing field and make their contributions towards the progress and welfare of the society. It must be realized that there is enormous potential in these persons just like others; that’s why they are rightly called differently abled persons now.
3D CAD design services can play a major role in providing an accessible environment for the persons with disabilities by incorporating their special needs while designing buildings and facilities. We shall continue to discuss the topic in our next post, listing different types of disabilities and suggesting how their special needs may be taken care of by the designers.