Colombo - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

It is not easy living in this city with an able body. I can imagine having a physical disability here would be very challenging. - Sep 2020

I suspect it would be challenging but not impossible. - Apr 2020

They would have trouble. There are some sidewalks but they aren't always maintained, and traffic is tough to cross sometimes. Many spaces aren't ADA accessible. - Sep 2017

Yes, probably. Sidewalks are improving as are wheelchair ramps, etc, but overall it would not be easy to have any physical disabilities here. - Mar 2017

Many difficulties. There are only a few streets that are stroller accessible, so getting around with wheelchairs would be an issue. - Sep 2013

Many, especially if chairbound. - Sep 2012

It would be extremely difficult for someone with physical difficulties due to the lack of sidewalks, broken paving/holes, drivers not stopping for pedestrians, etc. It is very dangerous to walk (or drive) in Sri Lanka. - Dec 2011

A lot. There are no sidewalks in lots places, lack of elevators and few restrooms with wheelchair access. - Feb 2010

It would be very difficult to move around on your own. However, people are very helpful. - Feb 2008

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