Accessibility to the built environment and information is a basic human right that is the focus of attention particularly for persons with disabilities. According to the World Health Organization, there are over 650 million persons with disabilities in the world. However, the numbers are even higher if we look more broadly and add up all those who do not have disabilities, but in some cases or over a certain period of their lives find themselves in a position where they are functionally impaired in one way or another. Everyone can experience this at some point in their lives, whether being temporarily or permanently impaired, or if the normal functioning of a body part is obstructed. Thus, this important issue requires clear guidance in providing universal human rights and the legal provision of equal opportunities, equal treatment and prevention of discrimination experienced by persons with disabilities in different areas of life.
Access to the built environment and information technologies is provided to persons with disabilities through the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (link: https://www.uradni-list.si/glasilo-uradni-list-rs/vsebina/86045 ). When planning accessibility to the built environment, it is essential to comply with all key regulations, including the most important one: the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act (link: www.pisrs.si/Pis.web/pregledPredpisa?id=ZAKO4342) and national policies and action programmes concerning the Strategy of Accessible Slovenia (National guidelines for improving accessibility to the built environment, information and communications for persons with disabilities).
As persons with disabilities still constantly face barriers to education, training, participation in cultural and leisure, activities and the exercise of their basic right to mobility, it is essential not only to strictly comply to, but also to enforce laws and measures in practice. Only then will persons with disabilities get equal opportunities for all.