Association for the Physically Disabled
TEL: (011) 646-8331-4
FAX: (011) 646-5248
To inspire private and public sector decision makers to recognise the
existence of people with physical disabilities and their right to access
all facilities available to any South African within the normal boundaries
of financial constraints and to give recognition to those organisations
which already do so. To mobilise every South African to speak out for
and protect the rights of the disabled.
Barrier Breaker Ratings has several important objectives:
To improve the quality of life of people with physical disabilities.
To create an awareness of the plight of the disabled.
To educate decision makers.
To educate private individuals of all ages, especially children.
To inspire voluntary change.
To recognise positive efforts.
To create a system of accountability.
To mobilise not only the disabled, but all caring South Africans.
To create employment opportunities for the disabled.
To raise funds so that the services being provided to people with physical
disabilities, including the provision of appropriate accommodation, can
be further expanded.
The project entails the awarding of a Barrier Breaker Rating to owners/managers/tenants
of any structure/venue which is open to members of the public and which
provides basic facilities appropriate to the operations of the establishment
for people with physical disabilities.
The ratings will not be linked to any existing legislation or building
specifications. Participants will have to pass a practical accessibility
test (Accessibility with Pride and Dignity test) conducted by people with
Based on membership principles, participants will pay a membership fee
as well as a once off charge for a plaque. Upon registration, members
will receive a plaque for public display at a point of entry, as well
as a membership certificate.