Dhaka - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Yes. Someone with disabilities would have difficulties in any developing country and it's no different here. Terrible (or nonexistent) sidewalks, insane and chaotic traffic, steep ramps if there even is one, few elevators. - Jul 2023

Yes and no. Most people have drivers. Sidewalks are nowhere up to Western standards of barrier-free. - Dec 2021

Absolutely; there are also cultural stigmas to contend with as well. - Sep 2021

Yup. - Jun 2019

Yes it would be extremely difficult to get around. Lots of the multi-storied buildings do not have elevators, though most expat apartment buildings do. - Jul 2018

It would be nearly impossible for someone with physical disabilities to live and work in this city. - Apr 2017

Yes. - Jun 2016

Yes. - May 2016

Yes. No sidewalks, bad roads, elevators that break down frequently. - Jun 2015

yes - Mar 2015

Oh, yes. There are no accomodations for those with disabilities. - Aug 2014

Yes. Think dirt or stone roads without sidewalks, crumbling staircases, etc. The only culturally acceptable occupation for those with disabilities is begging. Maybe they could use a good positive role model. - Jul 2014

Lots! There are no requirements for buildings to be accessible (with ramps or elevators) to someone with limited mobility. Sidewalks are inconsistent and bumpy and often full of construction materials, beggars, or mud. Curbs are high to prevent people from driving on them, and don't have ramps to get on/off. That said, the U.S. Embassy and affiliated entities (commissary, club, school, residences) are all accessible. - Aug 2013

Getting around in general could be difficult. The roads are uneven. Sidewalks are rare. It rains constantly for 3-4 months of the year. - Apr 2013

Much difficulty. No good sidewalks (very tall steps) and no accommodations for disabilities. There are some elevators, but most of them do not work. - Aug 2011

It would be impossible to live here if you weren't independently mobile. - Feb 2011

There aren't really a lot of sidewalks outside the diplomatic enclave. - Jan 2011

Even people without physical disabilities have tremendous difficulties getting around the city because of the volume of humanity and cars. - Jan 2011

Lots of difficulties. - Oct 2010

This would be an extremely difficult post for anyone with major dissabilities. - Apr 2010

Well, no one with any money here (local or foreign) walks on the street, so the spotty sidewalks and open sewers probably don't matter. Buildings are generally not accessible, however, but at least full-time help is very cheap. - Oct 2009

many. There are no accommodations made with the exception of an elevator and ramp at the embassy. - Aug 2009

Many. There are no public accommodations for people with disabilities. - Mar 2009

Lots of difficulties. - Nov 2008

I think it would be difficult. - Oct 2008

Nothing is wheelchair accessible here. - Mar 2008

Many. This is not an accessibility-friendly city. - Feb 2008

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