SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:21:47 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Accessible toilets for people with disabilities - by: pwf In this way the ideas and planning been practiced in nice manners, around the clock working, determination and the best coordinating participation of the public friends assured the successes and achievements of the preplanned objectives. The main educational and development targets have been perfectly achieved through the educational material provisions of the WET International (Water Education for Teachers) and the financial support of the TiKA (Turkish Corporation and Coordination Agency) that help to construct 50 accessible toilets for the persons with disability in first phase, while the construction of the 50 more toilets is in wide expectation, according plain and vision we are looking forward to reach out 1000’s of the people with disability as well other disadvantaged people those are facing water concern hardships and syndromes.]]> Inclusion and disability Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:26:23 +0000 Re: Great set of short films on making WASH inclusive by Epic Arts in Cambodia with WaterAid - by: AlexanderWinkscha
thanks a lot for sharing these! Really interesting and a wonderful spotlight on an awesome organization (Epic Arts). Not only can these videos make us think about the issue more comprhensively in a really positive way, but at the same time they also serve as great examples of how to produce inclusive awareness materials.

Thanks again!
Inclusion and disability Mon, 08 Aug 2016 03:39:09 +0000
Great set of short films on making WASH inclusive by Epic Arts in Cambodia with WaterAid - by: Louisa Gosling Epic Arts and WaterAid have produced some very short films to support the new national guidelines on making WASH inclusive in Cambodia.

A set of 1-3 minute animated films explain how to do accessibility and safety audits, barrier analyses, collect data on disability and how WASH organisations can work in partnership with Disabled Persons organisations. These are to support implementation of the national guidelines.

Another set of films - Count me in - is a series of short and entertaining sketches which really show the impact of non-inclusive WASH. Great for raising awareness in a light hearted way. None of the sketches are more than a few minutes long.

Finally there is a film that explains the process of working together to produce the films. this would be very useful for other WASH organisations wanting to do something similar in other countries.

This blog explains the process and provides links to the films.]]>
Inclusion and disability Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:26:06 +0000
A Qualitative Study of Barriers to Accessing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Disabled People in Malawi - by: campbelldb A Qualitative Study of Barriers to Accessing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Disabled People in Malawi. PLoS One, May 2016

Link to full text

This study explores the WASH priorities of disabled people and uses the social model of disability and the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework to look at the relationships between impairments, contextual factors and barriers to WASH access.

Participants reported 50 barriers which related to water and sanitation access, personal and hand hygiene, social attitudes and participation in WASH programs. No two individuals reported facing the same set of barriers. This study found that being female, being from an urban area and having limited wealth and education were likely to increase the number and intensity of the barriers faced by an individual.

This study found that body function limitations such as incontinence, pain and an inability to communicate WASH needs are in and of themselves significant barriers to adequate WASH access. Understanding these access barriers is important for the WASH sector at a time when there is a global push for equitable access.]]>
Inclusion and disability Tue, 17 May 2016 17:24:45 +0000
Re: (Rivised) Questionnaire on Inclusive WASH in schools in low income countries - by: darao
Thank you all for you inputs on questionnaire that I developed last year and based on advices and suggestions, I revised the questions with more focus on current status of WASH sector and progress made.
If you are involved in WASH in school (WinS) programme implementation and actively consider accessibility of programme/facility for disabled school children, I would love to have your inputs through the survey link below based on your knowledge and experiences.

Thank you very much again in advance and look forward to receiving your feedback soon.
(Please let me know if you need clarification or have question on any aspect of this study)

Best regards,

Inclusion and disability Mon, 09 Nov 2015 01:23:43 +0000
Re: Use of grab bars in squat toilets? - by: Carol McCreary
Both of the documents you recommend are wonderful! The why and how of making toilet use easier is clearly illustrated. (And no, I didn't know about them). The one from WEDC is long and comprehensive and is great for awareness and advocacy; very useful for Working Group 9. The Oxfam document has images of grab bars using every kind of materials.

Good design like this serves everyone. I'd like to see grab bars everywhere. We're all TABs - Temporarily Able-Bodied. I worked in Pakistan in the 1990s but now I study good public toilet design for North America. I think squat toilets with grab bars and washing facilities are good design period. They can serve the minority of people who wash for cultural reasons and make it easier for others to wash up following accidents.]]>
Inclusion and disability Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:45:40 +0000
Re: Use of grab bars in squat toilets? - by: JKMakowka
You are probably aware of this comprehensive book that has several examples for PwD adaptations of squatting toilets:

I have also attached a shorter technical brief from Oxfam that mostly takes pictures and examples from the above book.

Back in 2010 when I was working with handicap international in Pakistan we also brainstormed a few ideas and experimented a bit with various options (but don't have good pictures I can share).

But it was similar to this drawing in from the book above:

But had a second GI pipe below the first to insert a wooden board with a hole to sit. This way it is usable both as a handrail for people with clutches but also as a seat for people that can not squat at all (someone in a wheelchair for example).

Another interesting example I found (picture not from me, I guess it was from another colleague from HI) is this:

I hope this gives you some ideas ]]>
Inclusion and disability Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:31:05 +0000
Use of grab bars in squat toilets? - by: Carol McCreary
My question is about the use of grab bars in squat toilets. The Wikipedia page on Flush Toilets
has a nice new photo of a contemporary flush squat toilet. Squatting is not easy for all people, especially older people. And young children like something to hold on to as well. Therefore I'd like to find out about the use grab bars or other simple things that help toilet users avoid falls.

  1. Have you ever seen a squat toilet with a grab bar?
  2. Where would be the best location for a grab bar?
  3. Should grab bars be horizontal, vertical or angled to help a user squat and get up from a squat?
  4. Do you have photos of squat toilets with grab bars?

Professor Clara Greed, author of Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets
, has suggested that where direct access facilities with private stalls are planned, one toilet room contains a squat toilet and a hose for personal washing. I'd really like to see this in the United States. This could serve members of cultural groups for whom washing after toilet use is the norm or by those who face emergencies where they need to wash: people with Inflammable Bowel Disease or Crohn’s and Colitis and menstruating women. Such a room might also be equipped to serve people needing to change ostomy bags.

What do you think?]]>
Inclusion and disability Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:44:40 +0000