chapter  22
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Changing Public Attitudes

Such obstacles will naturally vary in accordance with the religious, cultural and political influences in society. Many are due to the ways in which the physical world is organized, and as our physical environment has been developed and we have become more sophisticated, the steps, stairs, and narrow doorways which we use to extend our living space or to gain access to other levels have created a handicapping environment for many people. A child with a mobility problem in an African village, where houses are single storey and on a level with outside walkways, will not be as handicapped as a child with a similar disability in a developed country who may have to negotiate not only steps from the house to the footpath, but also stairs to the upper storeys.