Chosen cities, villages to grow to be disabled-accessible

Tehran – Fifty-five cities, five villages and three metropolitan areas will be selected as pilot projects to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, announced Ebrahim Kazemi, head of the Secretariat of the Coordination Center for Accessible Cities.

According to the national document on improving accessibility in cities for people with disabilities, fifty-five cities, five villages and three metropolitan areas should be considered as pilots by the Iranian calendar year 1402 (March 2023 – March 2024).

The national document contains a five-year action plan that analyzes the country’s weaknesses and strengths, which are accessible to the physically challenged with the participation of representatives of the relevant authorities and NGOs in the country.

The document outlines strategies and plans for the construction of all buildings accessible to people with disabilities, and the country’s headquarters to improve city accessibility must follow the strategies and regulations, he added.

Kazemi pointed out that one of the accessible cities in the country will be the capital of Tehran and said that all cities should be made accessible nationwide.

Yazd Province was the first to improve accessibility the most, and plans to introduce it as the first Iranian accessible city, he stressed.

Over 1.3 million people with disabilities live in Iran

Pirouz Hanachi, the mayor of Tehran, said in December 2019 that over 1.3 million people with disabilities live in the country and the number is increasing by 50,000 every year.

event [the Iranian parliament] In January 2018, both general outlines and details of a draft law on the rights of people with disabilities were approved. The development of disabled-friendly cities, free transportation, health insurance, free education, job creation, home loans and fewer working hours are just some of the articles in the law.

Since the law was passed, Azad universities have offered education for students with disabilities, and subsidies for patients with spinal cord injuries and care centers for the disabled have increased, in addition to housing units for families with members with disabilities.

Asghar Shirzadi, chairman of the board of directors of the Iranian Disability Association, said in December 2020 that the affiliated organizations apparently are still not very ready to implement the law.


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