Mashahd started to take the lead on accessibility

Providing safe and secure public spaces is a core concern for city officials, urban planners and policy makers; however, such important concepts have often been ignored when it comes to the disabled people.

Iran (IMNA) - Despite the idea of smart cities rising in popularity, accessibility hasn’t achieved the same attention, especially for citizens with disabilities.

Iranian cities have started to take the lead on accessibility; Mashhand is one of them that is headed toward being a disabled- friendly city.

The Deputy Mayor of Mashhad for Municipal Services Mehdi Yaghoubi announced the improvement of public amenities to the disabled by installing special furniture, fitness equipment and various facilities in urban parks as an attempt to adapt urban environments for the presence of the physically challenged people.

Mashahd started to take the lead on accessibility

"The elderlies and people with physical or mental disabilities are the integral category of all societies; unfortunately, the lack of accessible infrastructure in many urban environments and spaces has led these people facing various problems in public places," Mehdi Yaghoubi stated.

He added, "In this regard, the city administration in recent years has tried to create accessible infrastructures in urban parks making it easier for people with disabilities to get around the city."

"In this connection, more than 300 accessible ramps and entrances have been built in public parks. Furthermore, 20 accessible toilets and picnic settings have also been specially designed to better accommodate people with physical disabilities," The Deputy Mayor of Mashhad for Municipal Services stated.

Pointing to the importance of providing the necessary structure for the presence of differently abled children in urban parks, he ended, "specialized equipment for children with disabilities have been placed in two public parks .The special playground for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder has been put into operation in Abshar Park as being out door is even more necessary and valuable for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as they need to strengthen their sensory awareness and motor skills."

Mashahd started to take the lead on accessibility

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