Most metropolis are completely unfriendly to people with disabilities but with virtually one billion estimated based urban-dwellers by 2050, a few metropolitans are undergoing a remarkable shift
To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in municipalities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear.
” The fear of not being able to navigate busy, cluttered and visually familiarized environs is a major barrier to participation in normal life ,” says Meere, 52,” lies in the fact that going to the patronizes, going for a walk in the common, going to work, looking for handiwork, or simply socialising .”
That’s what makes an innovative programme at the city’s Southern Cross train station so important to him. A brand-new” beacon piloting arrangement” sends audio clues to users via their smartphones, attitudes, flagging escalator outages and otherwise altering what previously a “no-go” locality for Meere.
” I no longer have to hope there’s a willing bystander or a capable staff member to provide direct aid ,” he says.” And on a very personal and powerful tier it allows me to use this major vehicle hub in one of Australia’s largest cities with certainty and independence as a parent with small children. It’s a real game-changer .”
Meere is just one of the hundreds of millions of people with disabilities who live in municipalities around the world. By 2050, they will digit an estimated 940 million people, or 15% of what will be approximately 6.25 billion total urban residents, lending an necessity to the UN’s declaration that poverty-stricken accessibility” presents a major challenge “.
For the physically disabled, roadblocks can stray from impeded wheelchair ramps, to builds without hoists, to inaccessible toilets, to patronize without step-free access. Meanwhile, for learning disabled people or those on the autistic range, the cluttered and frenetic metropolitan environment can be a sensory minefield.