An Inclusive Vocational and Technical School at Sokwai, Ashanti Region

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Education is said to be an equalizer of society, but sadly this exists only in theory rather than in practice. Vocational and Technical Schools are meant to prepare students for careers that are based on manual or practical activities to equip them for a specific trade, occupation or vocation. The pursuit of this endeavour is however a challenge to persons with disabilities because of the difficulty to access these facilities. Moreover, institutions or schools that are specially designed for persons with disabilities do not incorporate elements that address their special needs such as ramps, tactile markings, grab bars in sanitary areas and acoustic panels. These students feel more segregated because they are excluded from the mainstream education and society making their integration difficult. This thesis, therefore, seeks to highlight some of these anomalies and propose specific design parameters that incorporate the needs of students with disabilities in an Inclusive Vocational and Technical School. The goal is to foster integration and inclusion of students with disabilities in education in particular and society in general.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Partial Fulfillment for the Degree of MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE.