The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is annually observed on December 3th to promote the equal participation of persons with disabilities and take action for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.
Persons with disabilities, like other citizens, as one of the sections of society, are entitled to receive certain facilities and services. Municipalities worldwide must provide specific facilities and services for these persons so that they can be safe and secure in the city and take care of their normal and daily activities like everyone else.
In this regard, Tehran Municipality has taken important measures for people with disabilities, which can be mentioned as follows:
- Creating a flower garden for the blind in large urban parks
- Launching 22 friendly parks for the disabled
- Creating suitable access routes (installing grooved and flake mosaics), removing physical waste, painting the yellow bar on benches and trash cans for the visually impaired, using special signposts, and using appropriate plant species according to the rules of the flower garden for the blind
- Implementation of a specific route for the blind in 37 selected metro stations, with the priority of being close to the centers related to the blinds, in lines one, two, three, and four.
- Allocating a gate with a suitable width for wheelchair users in all metro stations
- Installation of ramps in all differences between levels inside stations and entrance access to elevators
- Preparation of guide plates for choosing the route with Braille, for installation next to the elevator buttons, in all stations of Tehran metro lines
- Allocating four seats in each subway car by installing specific stickers for the elderly and the disabled
- Negotiating with companies providing intelligent transportation services to provide specific services to the blind and disabled
- Adaptation of taxi terminals by creating a braille line at the entrance and exit of stations and platforms for passengers, wheelchair access, etc. (which has been completed in some terminals such as Shahid Mahallati terminal)
- Installation of pedestrian lights for the blind
- Creating and adapting a health service
Although there may still be shortcomings and weaknesses in some cases, what is clear is that making the city of Tehran suitable for the disabled and disabled has always been one of the priorities of the Tehran Municipality. In the hope that one day in no city in the world will the disabled be restricted and, like other citizens, be able to benefit from urban services.