Izmir Metropolitan Municipality; Family, the Ministry of Labor and Social Services Accessibility Awards 2020 organized by the Turkey organizations, "Public Institutions Category Second Prize" was awarded. The winners of the competition, in which a total of 1075 institutions and organizations were evaluated under nine different titles, were determined by the public vote, in which individuals from all disability groups participated, after the preliminary elimination made by the jury.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality continues its efforts to make every area of social life more accessible for disabled individuals, especially service buildings, social facilities and public transportation vehicles. The Metropolitan Municipality, which has the title of 'Disabled Friendly Municipality' since 2006 Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry organized "Turkey Accessibility Awards 2020" organization was awarded the second prize in the category of public institutions and organizations. The winners of the competition, in which a total of 1075 institutions and organizations were evaluated under nine different titles, were determined by the public vote, in which individuals from all disability groups participated, after the preliminary elimination made by the jury.
In the application file prepared by the Accessibility Coordination Commission established in March 2019, The activities of five sub-working groups on open spaces, buildings, transportation vehicles and facilities, parking lots and access to information took place. These five sub-working groups included the control and implementation activities that they systematically dealt with in their fields in the competition document.
Effective cooperation with NGOs and trade associations
Eser Atak, Deputy Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, in addition to the relevant departments of Metropolitan, ESHOT General Directorate, METRO A.Ş. İZBAN, Izel financing, ticketing system, Izmir City Council, Buca Disabled Association, Contemporary Unquoted Association, Turkey Disabled Association and Engel-You TMMOB connected chambers of representatives of the Life Association was also emphasized. Atak pointed out that the presence of individuals from different disability groups in the studies made a significant contribution to the determination of the problems, and that this had a great share in success. Atak stated that, in addition to the commission work, the Red Flag, Elim Sende and Awareness Center projects carried out by the Metropolitan Municipality are also included in the content of the application, and gave the following information:
"Commission; It focused on the access problems of disabled individuals in the physical environment and service areas they face since leaving their homes. It was determined that each individual passed the responsibility areas of an average of seven departments. It was emphasized that ensuring 'full accessibility' is a chain and breaking one of the links of this chain eliminates accessibility. The follow-up process for all data collection, digital processing, analysis, preparation of reports and solutions determined. Thus, 'accessibility inventories' for different areas of the city emerged. Deficiencies and problems were identified and improvement work was started quickly. "
Studies will continue
Underlining that the inspection and improvement works for disabled access are continuous, Atak said, “We always take compliance with the accessibility standards in all the buildings and open spaces and services provided by our municipality. We continue our efforts to remove the existing barriers in the existing open spaces, transportation vehicles and facilities and buildings with reasonable arrangements to be made within a certain program. We made an implementation phase, starting with the central areas and public areas used extensively by the public. Our aim is to make İzmir a more livable, safe and accessible city for all our citizens with no disabilities, ”he said.