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

Ruba Riahi
Amman – The category of people with disabilities is still looking forward to a radical change that will free them from the many restrictions placed on them and that prevent them from being in society. Despite the slow change that is taking place, many feel that they are fighting on all fronts, starting with the environment and the creation of public utilities, through 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 in. Among these rights is the existence of a safe and friendly environment for them that helps them integrate socially and professionally, an environment that opens the door for them to be fully present in the heart of life.
Streets, sidewalks and buildings that are still not equipped for the use of persons with disabilities, despite the strong need to visit them. Of course, these obstacles often stand in the way of people with disabilities, their rights, dreams, even their happiness and their desire to live like others without restrictions that stifle them or cause their isolation and introversion.
Buildings not equipped for public institutions
Those lost rights have engraved the heart and soul with anxiety that brings with it all the hard questions, and you need to look at it more than anything else with humanity. With these words, the forty-year-old Khaled comments on a situation that happened in front of him during his review of a court, and explains his pain when he saw a woman with a mobility impairment a few steps in front of his eyes. , and to leave her wheelchair and climb the stairs because the court is not equipped for people with disabilities or others, even the elevator disabled.
The lady wept as she went up the stairs, for the judge’s office was on the fourth floor, and her ascension was so beloved that she would need great effort and hardship, and also extra time to be able to reach. The scene was never normal, but there was a lot of oppression, sadness and pain, and her feeling 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 accommodate hundreds of auditors, lawyers, judges and detainees, so it will definitely be difficult for people with disabilities to move around in it normally. He continues the story of the woman and sadly penetrates the features of her face, saying: “The lady’s suffering did not stop when the building was not only prepared, but the rejection of her claim because she was late for half an hour from the session the deepest and worst pain for her was guilt in it.
A safe environment is a fundamental right
As for the twenty-year-old Hala Sami, she also has great difficulty moving because she suffers from a mobility impairment. “I face many obstacles and barriers like others, especially during my university studies, which were engraved with adventure and accidents in my memory and heart,” she says, pointing out that a safe and friendly environment for people with disabilities is a legal right. and an urgent need for them to be able to lead their lives like the rest of their peers and also to gain their independence, which gives them the ability to enjoy life more like the rest of their peers.
Environmental development, and finding safe and easy facilities for them in his opinion; This is an important and basic right that leads to the rest of the other rights. The widespread potholes in the streets and uneven sidewalks, the misuse of the road by individuals, and the lack of awareness of some public transport drivers are all obstacles that is added to other obstacles that increase the suffering of the person with disabilities and make him feel helpless as it deprives other people in return of enrolling in schools or universities or taking their places in working life with justice.
She remembers accidents she experienced when she fell from her wheelchair while on the move due to potholes and high sidewalks, and with a smile covered with sadness, Hala confirms that the environmental facilities here in Jordan are still modest and need more attention has, “We are all aware that change does not happen day and night, but it is also necessary to move seriously and from all sides.
Mai Jihad agrees with her when she talks about the streets, public utilities, transportation and the countless painful stories; “Due to our mobility impairment, we experience great difficulty moving, which often leads to isolation, staying at home and withdrawing from ourselves, despite our love of going out and meeting friends and family.”
She explains that she feels very embarrassed when her family is forced to carry her to unprepared places that do not include special corridors for people with disabilities, and she remembers a situation that happened to her when she became ill and to the nearest clinic had to go. who did not even have an elevator, so the solution was that her brother had to carry her, and this naturally embarrassed her and made her feel that it was heavy for those around her.
Mai points out some important points to consider when preparing facilities and streets, with the need to pay attention to the height and level of the sidewalks and the tiles used in construction, while staying away from slippery types that cause people with disabilities. to fall and fractures And the lighting poles in the middle of the sidewalk, which could endanger them, and there should also be sound signals everywhere to guide and protect them.
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Overcome environmental barriers
The social specialist, dr. Muhammad Jeribaa, explains that the preparation of public facilities, streets, sidewalks and means of transport so that it is suitable for the use of the different types of people with disabilities; A legal right that everyone should work together to achieve this and to achieve a safer and easier environment together, and note that people with disabilities are an important part of society and they all have the right to feel independent away of those obstacles that restrict their freedom. and prevent them from participating in social life and activities. There are also some who are deprived of work despite their efficiency because the place is not equipped and does not suit the situation of people with disabilities, according to Jaribei ‘.
The first step in the path of equality, justice and the realization of the law is to overcome the environmental barriers in front of them and give them enough space to move around safely so that they can carry out their roles fully and so that society recognizes them and their potential between them and their involvement in society.
In addition, the media spokesperson of the Supreme Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Raafat Al-Zitawi, confirms to Al-Ghad that public facilities and buildings, according to the Persons with Disabilities Act, must be prepared for the use of this category of all kinds by the building code and in accordance with the stipulated conditions and specifications. He explains that there are two types of buildings, old buildings that need to be adapted to be suitable for the use of people with disabilities, and new buildings that need to be built from the beginning to be adapted for this category.
Complete change all the way
For a safe environment it takes time
According to Al-Zitawi, the Supreme Court, in turn, authorized the Civil Defense to audit plans for new buildings and ensure that they comply with the provisions of the building code and their compliance with the standards imposed. He points out that some old buildings cannot be altered or adapted, such as some courts, places of worship, hospitals, schools and universities, but there are also buildings that have been altered, such as the Palace of Justice, as far as elevators are concerned. driveways, waiting areas and signage written in Braille.
Al-Zitawi points out that the Supreme Court for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of the Chief Justice to create five sharia courts in Zarqa, Irbid and Amman so that they are fully in the category of people. adapted. with disabilities and reduces the difficulty of access. He notes that change and access to a completely safe environment take a long time, and for that the Council has drawn up a 10-year plan, during which it is expected to create a large part of the facilities and buildings.
Sidewalk rehabilitation projects
The Director of the Media Division in the Municipality of Amman, Nasser Rahamneh, told Al-Ghad that there are strategic objectives for the Municipality of Amman to implement its vision and mission to provide the best municipal services, to keep pace with development and 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 zeal to improve The ability to access pedestrians of all groups, especially people with disabilities, and to provide for their needs in an equal manner, helping to integrate them with society and increase public awareness of the importance of accessibility and preparation for all.
Rahamneh points out that the Amman Municipality has taken various 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, elderly and pushchairs, and to secure the appropriate sloping ramps, remove any obstacles to their movement and use ground indicators Warning and guidance (TECTILE tiles), protection of places shaded by trees as much as possible, protection of road furniture such as seats, umbrellas and bus stops, and the use of materials with high durability in the finishing of the floors of these sidewalks.
Rahamna cites what has been implemented as an example; The Model Neighborhood of Jabal Al-Hussein, Part One – King Ghazi Street / behind the Gold Market in downtown Amman, Faisal Square, knowing that several projects have been completed on the same approach, namely The Model Neighborhood of Jabal Al-Hussein, Part Two, The Model Neighborhood of Abdali, Part One – Al-Abdali Model Neighborhood / Part Two, King Abdullah I Street / Marka – Al-Sharia Street, Al-Baounieh Street and the streets that stretch between them, Jabal Al-Weibdeh 2.
Also, through its projects and tenders related to the construction and rehabilitation of buildings and public facilities, it ensures all the requirements of people with mobility, audio and visual disabilities by improving the infrastructure of these buildings by providing accessibility to all building facilities create and these buildings with systems that help people with disabilities (sound systems, elevators, indicators Warning and guidance floor (TECTILE tiles).
A number of projects implemented in accordance with these criteria; Wadi Al-Seer District and Hall Building – Sweileh District and Hall Building, Abu Nsair District Building, and note that a number of designs and tender documents are currently being prepared according to the same approach, namely the rehabilitation of the district building and the Abdali area, and the rehabilitation of 11 existing district buildings to prepare for the requirements of people with disabilities.From the GAM’s interest and commitment to meet the requirements of people with disabilities, a co-operation agreement was signed in 2017 between GAM, the Supreme Court. for Persons with Disabilities, and the Barcelona Municipality, which is pioneering work in creating access to see their expertise and experiences in facilitating the accessibility of people with disabilities and to transfer their expertise to the secretariat’s cadres and collaboration to prepare designs Engineering and implementation of a number of projects.

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