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Prince Mired briefed on the reality of access requirements for people with disabilities in Irbid

2021-09-22

His Highness Prince Mired bin Raad, President of the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), was briefed today on the procedures for resuming the provision of access requirements for persons with disabilities within the designated area in Irbid Governorate and King Abdullah II Gardens.

The visit aims to oversee the status of the availability of accessibility requirements in the area of Shafiq Irsheidat Street from the University Roundabout to the Al-Naseem traffic light, and the area and the streets surrounding Yarmouk University (Prince Hassan Street - from Al-Naseem traffic light to the tunnel roundabout, Fawzi Al-Mulqi Street and Abdel Qader Al-Tal Street - from Governorate traffic light and even the University Roundabout) in addition to King Hussein Street (Irbid Governorate Street) located between the governorate traffic light and the tunnel roundabout on both sides, and the facilities and buildings of Yarmouk University, and to ensure their suitability to the requirements of persons with disabilities, as the sidewalks of Shafiq Irsheidat Street and Abdel Qader Al-Tal Street, next to to the walls of Yarmouk University, with an approximate length of 800 meters, were prepared as a first stage through the implementation of ramps and ground indicators that conform to the code of building requirements for persons with disabilities, with the follow-up and supervision of HCD’s representatives during the provision of support and technical advice. In the second phase, the external preparation work of the university’s surroundings will be resumed by the Greater Irbid Municipality and the internal area of the gates, buildings and facilities of Yarmouk University by the university. 

 

During the visit, H.H Prince Mired met the Governor of Irbid Radwan Al-Atoum, the Chairman of the Greater Irbid Municipality Committee, Mr. Qabalan Al-Sharif, and the President of Yarmouk University, Prof. Islam Massad. H.H stressed that the establishment of prepared areas in vital places that contain a large part of services, as it is in the selected area in Irbid Governorate; It is considered a qualitative step in consolidating the concept of an enabling and accommodating environment for all.

In the same context, H.H pointed to the necessity of overcoming all obstacles and diligent follow-up to the progress of work in accordance with the memorandum of understanding concluded between the Council, the Greater Irbid Municipality and Yarmouk University to implement the first phase of the national plan for accessibility to correct the conditions of existing buildings before the entry into force of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Law No. 20 of 2017, H.H pointed out the readiness of the Council to provide the necessary technical support that would enable the project owners to move forward in completing the work in the various facilities of the project in accordance with the code of construction requirements for people with disabilities, and international best practices in this field.

 

 

The Governor of Irbid Radwan Al-Atoum stressed the importance of this project as it targets a vital park, which is one of the largest parks in the northern region and serves a large segment of the population, stressing the importance of spreading this experience to include all governorates of the Kingdom.
Al-Atoum said that since the date of the park's opening until today, the municipality has been working to add many beautiful landmarks to the parks and develop them continuously in line with the goals that were established for them, including providing the requirements for people with disabilities to access all the park's landmarks and facilities. The King Abdullah Gardens Rehabilitation Project, in its first phase, included an evaluation by the Council that targeted the park’s facilities to determine the accessibility requirements that must be made available within those facilities. In addition to providing technical and advisory support by the council’s technicians during all phases of implementation to positioning the obstacles that must be removed so that the park is ready to receive persons with disabilities. creating toilets facilities for them and providing ramps for people with physical disabilities to enable them to access the various park facilities. In the future, both parties will work to provide access requirements for people with visual and hearing disabilities.

The Secretary-General of HCD Dr. Muhannad Al-Azza, praised the participatory relationship between HCD and the municipality, expressing the council's readiness to continue providing the necessary technical and supervisory support to the municipality's cadres to ensure the provision of access requirements for persons with disabilities within this project and future projects.