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Comparison of legislation concerning people with disability and heritage environment in Malaysia and developed countries

Marsin, J. M. and Ariffin, S. I. and Raja Shahminan, Raja Nafida (2013) Comparison of legislation concerning people with disability and heritage environment in Malaysia and developed countries. In: 8th International Symposium of the Digital Earth, ISDE 2014, 26-29 August 2013, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/18/1/012178


Heritage towns and buildings are invaluable cultural assets of a nation, and are extremely useful in manifesting place identity, and crucial in promoting tourism. These places of cultural significance should be made accessible to everyone including people with mobility or sensory impairments, the elderly, parents with small children and those who are temporarily disabled due to injury or illness. By creating a accessible heritage environment not only can you cater towards the increasing population of disabled people, but you could increase the number of cultural properties as resources of a nation through 'accessible tourism'. However the differences in implementation of barrier-free tourism for historic buildings and places are rather large between developed and developing countries such as Malaysia. This paper serves as preliminary study on accessibility of heritage environment in Malaysia. First, review of some related definitions, perception toward disability, and background studies in disability movement will be discussed to achieve better understanding of the increasing population of disabled people and how it would affect the development of infrastructure in the built environment. Second, it will look into existing legislation concerning heritage conservation and legislation on provision of access for the disabled in Malaysia and other developing countries. Finally, this paper seeks to find gaps between these legislations and conclude with some recommendations.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science Volume 18, Issue 1, 2014, Article number 012178
Uncontrolled Keywords:Built environment, Cultural assets, Cultural properties, Developed countries, Heritage conservation, Historic buildings, People with disabilities, Sensory impairment
Subjects:H Social Sciences
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:39577
Deposited By: Liza Porijo
Deposited On:30 Jun 2014 08:01
Last Modified:20 Sep 2017 10:50

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