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NIK: The needs of people with disabilities are still overlooked

MedExpress Team


Published April 16, 2024 14:12

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The audited local government units in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship provided digital, architectural and information and communication accessibility in a limited way, which did not facilitate people with special needs to use the services of public institutions, the results of an audit conducted by the Supreme Audit Office indicate. It turns out that solutions were used that did not meet the requirements of technical regulations, such as indistinguishable edges of stairs, parking spaces of improper dimensions, improperly marked glass elevators, and rules for ensuring evacuation for people with special needs were not specified.

There are 5.4 million people in our country declared as having a disability, accounting for more than 14 percent of the country's population (as of March 31, 2021). Legal confirmation of disability, i.e. a certificate issued by an authorized body, is held by nearly 3.5 million people. The Central Informatics Center estimates that the actual number of people with disabilities in Poland could be up to 7 million, while pointing out that a wider range of our country's population will benefit from improved accessibility (e.g. through texts written in simple language).

The NIK Delegation in Bydgoszcz conducted an audit entitled Implementation by selected local government units from the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship of obligations to ensure accessibility for persons with special needs. The rationale for the audit was the requirements imposed on public entities by the laws on digital accessibility of websites and mobile applications, and on ensuring accessibility for people with special needs. They d...

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