Future of special needs access to parks 'very positive', according to special needs centre

A spokesperson for Dubai Centre for Special Needs (DCSN) said the centre regards the future of disabled access to parks in the emirate as 'very positive'.

A spokesperson for Dubai Centre for Special Needs (DCSN) said the centre regards the future of disabled access to parks in the emirate as'very positive'.

"For most parks, as far as the entrance gates go, virtually all of them are on the same level or have ramps that can be utilised for people with walking aids or wheelchairs," said Christina Ash, executive secretary, speaking on behalf of DCSN.

Last week, Bahrain's Minister of Municipalities and Agriculture, Mansoor bin Rajab, announced plans to improve garden and park accessibility for people with special needs in Bahrain. Dubai Municipality is already conducting a similar programme, with a range of new parks that will include facilities designed to be accessible to the disabled.

"The play-grounds have been designed taking into consideration the children with special needs. Appropriate games have been chosen to suit their tastes and needs," said Hussein Nasser Lootah, acting director general of Dubai Municipality.

Lootah did not elaborate on exact details but said that new parks in Al Mizhar and Nad Al Hamr would include football, basketball, volley-ball, and tennis courts, a main plaza with shaded sitting areas, and a vast green area.

The Centre noted that disabled access to restroom facilities was still lacking, but that this was likely to improve over time. "There's still a lot of room for improvement, but with new parks and buildings, you can see where they're starting to consider special needs. For the future, it's very positive," said Ash.

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