Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Accessibility of tourist sites to persons with disability: the case of Cape Coast and Elmina Castles in Ghana

Lorreta Offei, Enoch Acheampong, Emmanuel Appiah-Brempong, Paul Okyere, Isaac Owusu


The term accessibility is used in the context of providing equal opportunity to enter into an environment. Much is not known about the accessibility of tourist sites such as castles and forts to people with disabilities. This study sought to examine the accessibility of the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles to people with disabilities through a qualitative approach which involved in-depth interviews and photovoice to collect data. The study revealed that the castles are inaccessible. Though ramps, spacious pathways and handrails in washrooms existed, there was however, no mutual relation between the design of the castles and the concept of accessibility as defined by the Disability Act. The creation of awareness on the rights of the disabled to participate in the tour of castles can perhaps draw the attention of local government authorities and other relevant stakeholders to effect the necessary changes.

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