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3.0 Design Recommendations and material support
In this section, we focus on practical technical solutions, the way you design and deliver your shelter and settlement response. In many countries, accessible design standards already exist, but they are not always applicable to the emergency context or to displacement situations. One aim of this section is to discuss how standards can be adapted, and to identify and promote low-cost accessible solutions. The recommendations are predominantly adapted to the emergency phase but there are also relevant points for preparedness and early recovery activities
There is no ready-made, universal solution that fits every situation. Instead, solutions must be adapted to your local context and the needs and preferences you encounter. The recommendations should be seen as a starting point for discussions among shelter professionals, involving persons with disabilities, in order to find creative and practical ways to improve the accessibility of shelter and settlement interventions. Like section 2, the main focus here is mainstreaming disability inclusion in shelter and settlements response. A lack of awareness on these issues means we will continue to reproduce barriers – or fail to address them – and create new disabilities. The recommendations are therefore centred around reducing barriers in the existing situation and avoiding barriers in any new activities or designs.