An accessibility and safety audit is a participatory methodology to evaluate the level of accessibility and safety of existing water and/or sanitation facility and its surrounds, and to identify possible changes or improvements. The audit identifies simple changes to facilities and their surrounds that
can improve their usability for a wide range of users, thus avoiding the need for separate ‘special’ provision. The audit is a way for stakeholders to consider any risks to safety from using the facilities and to consider if anything can be done to reduce the risks.
Accessibility and safety audits are a good way to engage with Disabled People’s Organisations. A WASH organisation can partner with a DPO, invite them to participate in each stage of the process, including the training and when doing the accessibility and safety audit. This means that you hear directly from people with disabilities on what their barriers to accessing WASH are, and also builds DPO’s knowledge of WASH. Learn more.