Cotonou - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Yes. It would not be impossible, but most buildings are not accessible. Many have one small step at the entrance that would be navigable for someone with a cane or walker, but not a wheelchair. I think wheelchair accessible bathrooms would be like unicorns. - Feb 2020

Yes. There are few if any fully accessible facilities (although the new U.S. embassy is definitely fully-accessible). - Aug 2018

I think attitudes would not be a problem, but It could be limiting physically, as most places aren't accessible. But you could make it work. - Jan 2017

Yes, it is not very accessible. It would be nearly impossible if you were in a wheelchair. - Oct 2015

Definitely. Cotonou lacks good infrastructure and can be challenging for even able bodied people to navigate. - Jun 2015

Folks with significant physical disabilities need not apply, especially if that disability impairs their ability to walk without assistance. - Aug 2014

A lot. This is not a workable post for someone with physical disabilities. - May 2013

Plenty. - Mar 2013

No accommodation is made for persons with disabilities and the streets and sidewalks are a challenge even for the young and spry. - Dec 2011

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