Her Majesty in­au­gu­rates wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity adap­ta­tion of Cen­te­nary Park

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6June 2016: Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen graced a cer­e­mony to un­veil the Wheel­chair Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Adap­ta­tion of the Cen­te­nary Park. The adap­ta­tion is part of an ini­tia­tive to make pub­lic spa­ces ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with disabilities, upon the Royal Com­mand of Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen.

Fol­low­ing the ini­tia­tive of the Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety, which con­sulted ex­perts and de­signed struc­tures to make the Cen­te­nary Park Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, ramps and rail­ings were in­stalled by the Thim­phu Thromde. The Thim­phu Thromde plans to work with Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety to take for­ward the ini­tia­tive and work on mak­ing other pub­lic ar­eas in Thim­phu ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with disabilities.

The event was jointly or­ga­nized by Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety, the Royal So­ci­ety for Pro­tec­tion of Na­ture, Bhutan Kid­ney Foun­da­tion, and Thim­phu Thromde. Be­sides the Prime Min­is­ter and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, the event was at­tended by peo­ple liv­ing with disabilities and their fam­i­lies. Stu­dents from Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety, Drak­t­sho, Wangsel In­sti­tute Paro, and Changangkha School par­tic­i­pated in the event, along with mem­bers of the Dis­abled Per­sons As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutan.

Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen and Ngawang Khe­chok test the Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the Cen­te­nary Park, with its newly in­stalled ramps. Her Majesty in­au­gu­rated the Wheel­chair Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Adap­ta­tion of the Cen­te­nary Park, part of an ini­tia­tive to make pub­lic spa­ces ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with disabilities, upon the Royal Com­mand of Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen. Ngawang Khe­chok is a Class PP stu­dent of Changangkha School with cere­bral palsy.

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