The Adaptation of Urban Spaces for Persons with Disability

Functioning towards the 2022 theme of “International Day of Disabled Persons”: Not All Disabilities Are Visible, local governments and Municipalities have a significant and essential role to play in adapting urban areas for people with all kinds of disabilities and limited mobility.

Making cities more appropriate places for the living of people with disabilities is no longer just an ethical duty of urban planners, mayors, or local governors, but it’s also a necessary step toward the fulfillment of participant citizenship.

So, to achieve this target, on 3 December, Tehran municipality joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and intends to hold an online meeting with the cooperation of Metropolis Organization and AMF (Asian Mayors Forum) to share their successful experiences with urban services for disabled persons.

The city of Tehran with a population of around 9 million in the city and 15 million in the larger metropolitan area of Greater Tehran, is the most populous in Iran and Western Asia and has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East. The population of disabled person society in this city is a number about 800 thousand to 1 million.

In this regard, in December 2022, Tehran during a 2-hour webinar on “The Adaptation of Urban Spaces for Persons with Disability” stands to share our knowledge and actions about urban services for persons with disability and extend information in this area.

For this purpose,Mrs Bickart, the head of institutional relations at Metropolis, will talk about the latest general approaches as well as exemplary actions of successful cities in this field.
In the second level of the discussion, the representative of Tehran Municipality and the AMF representative will discuss the actions of their cities in this regard, the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities, and the obstacles ahead.

At the third level and as the last speaker, we will hear the speech of the representative of Bavar Association, Mr. Razavizade about the lived experience of people with disabilities in Tehran. Do
they have equal opportunity in society, access to urban facilities and amenities?

The audience of this conversation is primarily the employees of the municipalities in Tehran and other cities as well as all those interested in making improvements in this field.