Environmental Advisory Service
Provides a specialist information and advisory service on the environmental needs for people with special needs - the physically disabled, the sensory disabled, the mentally ill, the mentally handicapped, and also the elderly.
EAS is a specialist service of the Rehabaid Society.
The Services in which EAS specialize are detailed as follows:
- provide technical information and advice on complying with the Design Manual: Barrier Free Access 2008
- provide customized training to advise specific groups on accessibility issues, fire safety measures, sensitivity training for dealing with people with disabilities
- provide specialist and expert consultations to Planners, Architects and Designers to assist and to ensure that all mandatory access requirements are provided according to the current regulations
- provide specialist input during the planning and design stages on accessibility aspects, for new projects, and premises undergoing substantial renovation, alterations or additions
- provide written evaluations of drawings for construction projects with special emphasis on the design needs of elderly and people with disabilities
- provide consultations and advice on the strengths and weaknesses of architectural products/ materials from the point of view of their usability by elderly and people with disabilities
Other Consultancy Services
EAS also provides advisory service to hospitals, government departments, voluntary agencies and health care professionals on accessibility issues relating to the existing or future plans, on the implications of providing accessible facilities, and on the design of and operational needs for accessible buildings.
Access Audit Reports
EAS provides customized reports for building owners, service providers and other interested organizations. These reports enable property owners / managers to improve the accessibility of their premises through changing services practices, policies and procedures, providing auxiliary aids and services, and overcoming physical barriers. Clients are also advised on prioritization and on the formulation of an implementation plan.
EAS and other OrganizationsEAS collaborates with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in all fields of Accessible Design.
The Hong Kong Government also has publications of Universal Accessibility, Best Practices and Guidelines and Universal Accessibility for External Areas, Open Spaces and Green Spaces, winning the Hong Kong Institute of Architects 2004 Award in Architectural Research.
Additionally, the Design Manual - Barrier Free Access 2008 by the Buildings Department is the definitive volume for Universal Accessibility and is a comprehensive design guide for achieving Accessible Design.
The Hong Kong Housing Authority is paving the way for integration in allowing patients with severe handicaps in four limbs to move out of hospital wards and re-integrate into the community, by providing special accommodation for 40 disabled people, paralyzed in both arms and legs to move into public housing estates and live in barrier-free flats.
Should you have any need for Disability Information or wish to use our specialist services for Accessible Design, please Contact Us.