CEOSS has always striven to spread concepts of integration for PWDs in the Egyptian society through several methods such as adapting public organizations to help PWDs get access to its services, as a strategy to apply some replicable models and to actualize them, towards an integrated community that guarantees equality for PWDs.
CEOSS, through project of Integrating PWDs funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura (FPSC), established the first specialized workshop in Egypt to apply models of constructional adaptation inside public hospitals using international constructional criteria.
By 2014 CEOSS succeeded, in partnership with several Egyptian ministries such as health, education, culture, youth and sports, Social Affairs, to finalize the constructional adaptation for 14 public service institutions serving more than 85,000 people with disabilities annually.
In this framework, CEOSS managed to make all the constructional adaptation for external clinics of El-Khalifa Public Hospital which serve more than 1,000 persons on daily basis, including 30% of people with permanent and temporary disabilities.
Through a joint plan between CEOSS and the ministry of health, a cooperation protocol was signed to establish an integrated model of accessibility that would ensure access to services by all types of disabilities as follows:
1) Mobility Disabilities:-
1- Setting up an elevator.
2- Renovation of buildings with accessible restrooms.
3- Creating 10 ramps.
5- Installation of handrail on all the walls and corridors of the unit.
6- Adaptation of entrance areas increase safety level.
7- Renovation and repair of seats of waiting patients, and creating places for wheelchairs.
8- Provision of wheelchairs for use inside the unit.
2) Visual Disabilities
1- Setting up corridors for the users of the white sticks to facilitate access from the main gates to all parts of the unit
2- Providing Braille signs of important information about services and how to be accessed
3- Setting up sound system to provide audio service about the services the hospital provides
3) Hearing Disabilities.
1- Providing a wide variety of signage and visual instructions about the services provided.
2- Providing TV screens to provide information through Sign language
3- Training of service providers in the hospital on sign language to communicate directly with people with hearing disabilities.
The Ministry of Health, in the framework of collaboration with CEOSS, succeeded to set up a well equipped unit for physiotherapy with a professional medical team, to guarantee an access to services for people with disabilities.