Access and Persons with Disabilities in Urban Areas
Persons with disabilities make up nearly 15 percent of the global population, and more than half of all people with disabilities live in towns and cities. Yet our cities rarely address mobility needs across the full spectrum of people’s abilities.
Developed in partnership with World Enabled (The Victor Pineda Foundation), this report explores accessible transit-oriented development and sustainable urban mobility through the lens of people with disabilities and offers a set of recommendations to promote responsive actions. Urban environments and policies designed with people with disabilities and those with limited mobility at the center help all communities have equitable access to social, health, and economic opportunities.
For stakeholders from governments, civil society, and donor organizations, this report provides an overview of how land use and transport planning often fail to account for the diverse mobility patterns, lifestyles, and needs of persons with disabilities. This disparity often creates dynamics that widen gaps in our urban infrastructure.
The report also provides potential solutions and recommendations for decision-makers interested in improving all aspects of sustainable mobility and, in particular, for those living with disabilities. Our cities will work better for all communities if they are planned and designed with the needs of diverse people and abilities in mind.
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