Is mobility still a barrier for people with disabilities and a reason for isolation?

Ruba Riahi
Aman – The category of people with disabilities still aspires to a radical change that will free them from the many restrictions that are placed on them and that prevent them from being in society. Despite the slow change that is taking place, many feel that they are struggling on all fronts, ranging from the environment and the creation of public services, to education, work, health and entertainment.
Many rights that people with disabilities try to seize with determination, patience and determination to become a tangible reality for them to live. Among these rights is the existence of a safe and friendly environment for them that helps them integrate socially and professionally, an environment. that opened the door to be fully present in the heart of life.
Roads, sidewalks and buildings that are not yet equipped for the use of persons with disabilities, despite the great need to visit them. Of course, these barriers often hinder people with disabilities, their rights, their dreams, and even their happiness and desire to live life like others without restrictions that stifle them or cause their isolation and introversion.
Unequipped buildings for public institutions
Those lost rights engraved the heart and soul with the anxiety that brings with it all the harsh questions and you have to look at them with humanity more than anything else; With these words, forty-year-old Khaled comments on a situation that happened to him during a court hearing and explains his pain when he saw before his eyes a few steps away from him a woman with a mobility disability, and the compulsion to leave her wheelchair and to climb the stairs, because the court is not equipped for people with disabilities or others, even the elevator for people with disabilities.
The lady was crying as she climbed the stairs because the judge’s office is on the fourth floor, and her climb was so endearing that it would take a lot of effort and effort as well as extra time to get there. The scene was never normal, but there was a lot of oppression, sadness and pain, and her sense of helplessness in the face of all these obstacles was enough to make her cry and push her to question her right to move safely and away from embarrassment.
Khaled explains that the building is equipped for housing and not to host hundreds of auditors, lawyers, judges and detainees, so it will certainly be difficult for people with disabilities to move normally in it. He continues the woman’s story and sadness pervades the features of her face, to say: “The lady’s suffering did not stop when the building was not prepared, but the refutation of her claim that it was half an hour late from the hearing. was the deepest and heaviest pain for him.fault on this.
A safe environment is a fundamental right
As for twenty-year-old Hala Sami, she too faces great difficulties in moving because she suffers from a disability in moving. “I face many obstacles and obstacles like others, especially during university studies, which were full of adventures and accidents etched in my memory and heart,” she says, emphasizing that a safe and friendly environment for people with disabilities. it is a legitimate right. and an urgent necessity for them to be able to live their lives like the rest of their peers and also gain their independence, which gives them the ability to enjoy life more like the rest of their peers.
Developing the environment and finding safe and easy facilities for them in her opinion; It is an important and basic right that leads to the rest of the other rights. Scattered potholes in the road and uneven sidewalks, misuse of the road by individuals and lack of awareness of some public transport managers are all obstacles which add to other barriers that increase the suffering of the person with a disability and make him or her feel powerless, as in return they deprive others of enrollment in schools or universities or take their place in the working life of justice.
Recalling the accidents she experienced when she fell from her wheelchair while on the move due to potholes and high sidewalks and with a smile covered in sadness, Hala confirms that environmental facilities here in Jordan are still modest and in need for more attention. We are all aware that change does not happen day and night, but we also need to move seriously and on all sides.
Mai Jihad agrees with him when he talks about roads, public services, transportation, and countless painful stories; “Because of their mobility disabilities, we face great difficulties in moving, which often leads to isolation, staying at home and withdrawing, despite our love of going out and meeting friends and relatives.”
She explains that she feels very embarrassed when her family is forced to keep her in unprepared places that do not include special corridors for people with disabilities and recalls a situation that happened to her when she got sick and had to go to the nearest clinic. that she did not even have an elevator, so the solution was for her brother to carry her, and this certainly embarrassed her and made her feel heavy on those around her.
Mai points out some important points to consider in the preparation of buildings and roads, with the need to pay attention to the height and level of pavements and tiles used in construction, staying away from the smooth types caused by people with disabilities limited. to fall and fracture.And the light poles in the middle of the pavement that may endanger them and there should also be audible signals everywhere to guide and protect them.
First steps ..
Overcoming environmental barriers
Social specialist, Dr. Muhammad Jeribaa, explains that the preparation of public facilities, roads, sidewalks and means of transport so that they are suitable for the use of different types of persons with disabilities; A legitimate right that everyone should work together to achieve it and together achieve a safer and easier environment, noting that people with disabilities are an important part of society and everyone they have the right to feel independent away from those obstacles that restrict their freedom. and prevent them from participating in social life and activities. There are also some of them who are deprived of work despite their efficiency because the place is not equipped and is not proportional to the situation of people with disabilities, according to Jaribei ‘.
The first step on the path to equality, justice and the realization of the right is to overcome the environmental obstacles they face and to be given sufficient space to move safely so that they can perform their roles in maximum and so that society recognizes them and their potentials.between them and their inclusion in society.
In addition, the spokesperson for the Supreme Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Raafat Al-Zitawi, confirms for Al-Ghad that public buildings and facilities, according to the Law on Persons with Disabilities, must be prepared for the use of this category of all types according to the building code and in accordance with the specified conditions and specifications. He explains that there are two types of buildings, old buildings that need to be modified to be used by people with disabilities and new buildings that have been built from the beginning to fit this category.
Complete change to the end
For a safe environment, it takes time
According to Al-Zitawi, the High Council, in turn, authorized the Civil Defense to audit the plans for the new buildings and ensure their compliance with the building code requirements and their compliance with the set standards. He points out that some old buildings can not be modified or adapted, such as some courts, places of worship, hospitals, schools and universities, but there are also buildings that have been modified, such as the palace of justice, in terms of elevators. ramps, reception areas and signs written in Braille.
Al-Zitawi points out that the High Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Justice to establish five Sharia courts in Zarqa, Irbid and Aman so that they can be fully adapted. with the category of people. disabled and reduce the difficulty of access. He emphasizes that the change and access to a completely safe environment requires a lot of time and for this the council has set a 10-year plan, during which it is expected to create a large part of the facilities and facilities.
Sidewalk rehabilitation projects
The Director of the Media Department in the Municipality of Aman, Nasser Rahamneh, told Al-Ghad that it has strategic objectives for the Municipality of Aman to implement its vision and mission to provide the best municipal services, to keep pace with the development and to take into account the best engineering standards in the design and implementation of its facilities and public facilities such as sidewalks, buildings, gardens and public facilities, including the desire to improve the accessibility of pedestrians of all groups, especially persons with disabilities limited, and meeting their needs equally, which helps to integrate them with society and raise public awareness of the importance of accessibility and preparation for all.
Rahamneh emphasizes that the Municipality of Aman has taken some measures through its projects and tenders related to the construction and rehabilitation of sidewalks, in order to improve the flow of these sidewalks for the movement of pedestrians of all categories, especially people with disabilities, the elderly. and trolleys, and to ensure proper ramps, remove any obstruction to their movement and use the ground warning and guidance indicators (TECTILE plates), providing as much shade as possible from the trees, providing road furniture such as seats , tents and bus stops, and using high-strength materials in finishing the floors of these sidewalks.
Rahamna mentions what has been applied as an example; Jabal Al-Hussein Model Neighborhood, Part One – King Ghazi Street / behind the Gold Market in the center of Aman, Faisal Square, knowing that several projects have been completed on the same approach, namely, Jabal Al-Hussein Model Neighborhood, Part Two, Abdal’s Model Neighborhood, Part One – Model Al-Abdali Neighborhood / Part Two, King Abdullah I / Marka Street – Al-Sharia Street, Al-Baounieh Street and the roads between them, Jabal Al-Weibdeh 2.
Also, through its projects and tenders related to the construction and rehabilitation of public buildings and facilities, it provides all the requirements of persons with mobility, audio and visual disabilities by improving the infrastructure of these buildings by creating access to all facilities. buildings and providing these buildings with systems that assist people with disabilities (audio systems, elevators, indicators Warning and guiding floors (TECTILE boards).
A number of projects that have been implemented in accordance with these criteria; Wadi Al-Seer District and Hall Building – Sweileh District and Hall Building, Abu Nsair District Building, noting that a number of designs and tender documents are currently being prepared according to the same approach, namely, rehabilitation of the district building and Abdali Surface and rehabilitation of 11 existing district buildings to prepare for the needs of people with disabilities. In the interest and commitment of GAM to meet the needs of people with disabilities, in 2017 a cooperation agreement was signed between GAM and the High Council. for People with Disabilities and the Municipality of Barcelona, ​​which is a pioneer in the field of accessibility to see their expertise and experience in facilitating access for people with disabilities and to transfer their expertise to the staff of the secretariat and cooperation for project preparation Engineering and implementation of a number of projects.

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