KHS recognizes and celebrates December 3rd as International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a UN-sponsored, annual observance to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The main theme for 2012 is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and
accessible society for all.” The theme of the Day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities.
According to the United Nations, over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority,” often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society.
Barriers can take a variety of forms:
- physical environments
- information and communications technology
- barriers resulting from legislation or policy
- societal attitudes
The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.
Evidence and experience shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits. Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all.
Accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights and are not only objectives, but also pre-requisites for the enjoyment of other rights. The UN and its agencies are seeking to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and development. State Parties are to take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to all aspects of society, on an equal basis with others, as well as to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers to accessibility.
The commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2012 provides an opportunity to address widespread exclusion by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.
How KHS helps remove physical barriers
Although KHS has been helping remove physical barriers for decades, the introduction of our Home Modifications division has allowed us to create unique spaces designed specifically for each individual and his or her needs.
At KHS, our goal is to help seniors and people living with physical challenges remain independent by providing home medical equipment and adapting their homes and vehicles to allow for safe access and maneuverability. With home modifications and specialty equipment, we can help people to continue to live in their own homes, perform everyday tasks with little or no assistance and stay in the familiar surroundings in which they feel comfortable and safe.
To help persons with disabilities live independently we offer the following services:
- Installing grab bars, handrails, and door lever handles
- Installing portable, modular, permanent and threshold ramps
- Installing stair, ceiling or platform lifts
- Enlarging doorways and installing off-set hinges to allow wheelchair passage
- Modifying kitchens for easier meal preparation
- Step-in tubs, portable showers, bath lifts, and bathroom modifications for safe bathing and showering
Stair Lifts help alleviate the feelings of frustration and dependency on others when climbing stairs unassisted is too difficult, painful or impossible.
Platform Lifts provide a durable, reliable and affordable solution for individuals and caregivers using a powerchair or scooter who need assisted access to a porch or deck.
Ramps allow safe, easy access in and out of your home and vehicle giving you freedom to get around and remain independent. Versatile ramp designs help make barriers restricting independence and accessibility a thing of the past.
- Threshold Ramps ease small transitions and doorway bumps creating a pathway over small elevation changes: doorways, sliding glass doors and raised landings.
- Portable Single- and Multi-Fold Wheelchair Ramps are a durable yet inexpensive alternative when a permanent ramp is not feasible or available.
- Modular Ramps are used when the portable style is not adequate for the equipment or location of use, are much larger in scale and can accommodate the higher rises and physical elements of a home or facility that impede access.
- Custom-built Ramps are site specific, custom-measured and built to order.
- Vehicle lifts easily lift, store, and allow transportation of your unoccupied wheelchair, scooter, or powerchair.