Da Nang creating accessible beach walk for the disabled

Da Nang city will make beaches along several coastal streets wheelchair accessible, offering a destination that everyone can enjoy.

Illustrative image. Source: Internet

Summer is defined for many by outdoor activity. In Da Nang city, with its abundance of shoreline, that means access to beaches. But beach accessibility can be a challenge for people with disabilities and limited mobility.

Beach surfaces are uneven and sand shifts, making it nearly impossible for people in wheelchairs or using walkers to safely enjoy a day at the beach as able-bodied people do.

But that’s changing.

Da Nang government will provide more than 10.9 billion VND of funding to build 24 wheelchair ramps in total in a bid to make beaches accessible to the disabled, reported Da Nang Today.

The ramps will be constructed on beaches along coastal Vo Nguyen Giap, Hoang Sa, Truong Sa and Nguyen Tat Thanh streets. They will be made of smooth concrete instead of other materials, like wood, that can be uncomfortable for people who use wheelchairs, particularly those who don't have head and neck control.

These “walkways over the sand” allow all patrons young or old with a physical disability or mobility limitation to stroll all the way to the water’s edge easily.

Developed and managed by the Management Board of the Son Tra Peninsula and Da Nang Tourism Beach, this project is expected to be carried out during the 2021-2023 period.

There are about 6.2 million persons with disabilities in Vietnam at present, accounting for 7.06 percent of the population aged 2 and above. About 58 percent of them are female, and 28.3 percent are children.

Plan 1019, a major programme showing the Party and State’s attention to the disabled,  between 2012 and 2020, has helped raise sectors and authorities’ awareness of and sense of responsibility towards PWDs, improve the group’s material and spiritual lives, and remove social barriers, thus creating equal chances for them to access basic social services, tap into their ability, and integrate into society.

The plan on support for persons with disabilities for 2021-2030 is set to remain in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of PWDs, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and relevant commitments of ASEAN. It will push ahead with programmes on assisting PWDs and encourage them to overcome difficulties, integrate into society, contribute to socio-economic development, and help their peers.

Tu Anh