Disability Access In Benin

Accessibility

While in Benin, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. The condition of the sidewalks, where they exist, is often poor. It is unusual to find curb cuts or other modifications for wheelchairs. Cars and motorcycles often park on sidewalks, making navigation difficult. Only major roads are paved. The unpaved roads may be full of holes, rocks, and other debris. There are few marked pedestrian crossings. Some hotels, restaurants, and other stores are accessible via wheelchair, but many are not. The primary method of public transportation is the zemidjan (moped taxi). The passenger rides on the back and there are no special accommodations for people with disabilities.

Discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities is not prohibited by law, and there are no legal requirements for the construction or alteration of buildings to permit access for persons with disabilities. The labor code includes provisions to protect the rights of workers with disabilities, but they are enforced with limited effectiveness.

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