The Curve in Mutiara Damansara is a three-storey shopping mall with 63,000 square metres of net rentable area. This lifestyle centre, located within walking distance of Ikano Power Centre, Royal Bintang Damansara Hotel, the cineplex e@Curve (formerly known as Cineleisure Damansara) and household retailer IKEA Home Furnishings, houses a varieties of goods and food outlets.
How accessible is the Curve for shoppers with disabilities and/or with mobility requirements?
The Curve’s centre manager Adele D. Flores said the shopping mall constantly seeks to provide all shoppers with a conducive shopping environment and has gone the “the extra mile to make available various facilities for the disability community”
“For one, the Curve is equipped with ramps, allowing shoppers with disabilities to access the shopping premise with ease and comfort. Additionally, power shoppers and wheel chairs are also made available on a first-come-first-serve basis to ensure the convenience of these shoppers.”
The power shoppers are battery-operated scooters that are easy to manouver and control. The Curve also provides special washrooms on all floors of the shopping mall for persons with disabilities.
Flores said the Curve management has also set aside special parking bays for drivers with disabilities. An added service is the security personnel in buggies who offer shoppers rides to their cars at the two basement car parks accommodating 2, 400 parking bays.
As the Curve is part of conglomerate of retails malls in Mutiara Damansara that include IKEA, IKANO, e@Curve and Tesco, convenient linkages such as an underpass, covered linkways and bridges have been built to increase accessibility within these malls.
To fulfill its role as a responsible corporate citizen, the Curve provides extra facilities such as prams for toddlers, baby care room to enable parents to attend to the needs of their baby in a clean and private environment and a free shuttle bus service to the hotels.
CHALLENGES VOL3, ISSUE3 2010 (Challenges Magazine is a journalism skills training project for persons with disabilities started in 2007)