Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million. Bangkok was at the heart of the modernization of Siam, later renamed Thailand, during the late-19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city is now a regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and has emerged as a centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment. The city is known for its street life and cultural landmarks, as well as its red-light districts. The Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpong. Bangkok wheelchair access is poor, making disability travel a chore.
Lagos is the most populous in Nigeria and the most populous on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos, the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State after its creation. This unofficial figures put the population of “Greater Metropolitan Lagos”, which includes Lagos and its surrounding metro area, extending as far as into Ogun State, at approximately 21 million. To the north, Lagos Island is home to the National Museum Lagos, displaying cultural artifacts and craftworks. Nearby is Freedom Park, once a colonial-era prison and now a major venue for concerts and public events. Lagos wheelchair access is poor by international first world standards.
Tehran has a population of around 8.694 million making it the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia and has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East. Tehran was first chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1796. The majority of the population of Tehran are Persian-speaking people, but there are large populations of other ethno-linguistic groups who live in Tehran and speak Persian as a second language. Tehran has an international airport (Imam Khomeini Airport) , a domestic airport (Mehrabad Airport), a central railway station, the rapid transit system of Tehran Metro, a bus rapid transit system, trolleybuses, and a large network of highways. Tehran wheelchair access is poor, but not as bad as some would expect.
Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District. Washington’s metropolitan area, the country’s sixth largest, had a 2017 estimated population of 6.2 million residents. All three branches of the U.S. federal government are centered in the District: Congress (legislative), president (executive), and the U.S. Supreme Court (judicial). Washington is home to many national monuments, and museums, primarily situated on or around the National Mall. Washington wheelchair access is of a high standard, providing an inclusive environment for the national capital.
Casablanca, located in the central-western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. It is one of the largest and most important cities in Africa and the Middle-East, both economically and demographically. Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. The city has a population of about 3.5 million in the urban area and over 7 million in the Casablanca-Settat region. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco. The Port of Casablanca is one of the largest artificial ports in the world and the second largest port of North Africa. Casablanca also hosts the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy. Casablanca wheelchair access is of a low standard and disability travel presents many challenges.
San Antonio was founded during the Spanish Colonial Era. The Greater San Antonio metro area has a population of 2.5 million. San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13. The city contains five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which together were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015. San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region. San Antonio wheelchair access is of a high standard.
San Antonio has several taxi companies with accessible cabs. These include Yellow Cabs and San Antonio Wheelchair Taxi. Yellow Cab accessible taxis feature lowered floor entry access and passengers with wheelchairs measuring 31 inches or less do not need to transfer out of their wheelchair. When booking a ride, wheelchair users need to request an accessible cab.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the capital of Stockholm County. Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. It hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city’s most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia. The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for the decor of its stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. Stockholm wheelchair access travel is much more enjoyable, as a result of the high level of service provided. We encourage disability travel to this city, but if you feel the cold, avoid visiting in the winter months. You can see so much of this city by walking or rolling around. Provided you pick a central location to stay, transport should not be a problem at all.
Stockolm’s Lokaltrafik AB (the Stockholm Public Transport Company, or SL in short) has an accessibility guarantee in place to help travelers with disabilities should anything unforeseen happen. Basically, this guarantee means that SL will help you to reach your destination or an alternative station where you can continue your travel.
The guarantee is valid for stations, lines and travels that SL has explicitly communicated are supposed to accommodate all travelers.
Some examples of how the accessibility guarantee could be applied:
You’re dependent on a functioning elevator or escalator to reach the platform. If the escalator or elevator is out of order on your station SL will help you reach an alternative station.
You are dependent on the station’s automatic information system to call out the right announcements. If the automatic information system is out of order or if a malfunctioning system makes you take the wrong train, SL will help you reach your destination.
You are dependent on the trains and busses automatic information system to call out the right announcements. If the automatic information system is out of order or if a malfunctioning system makes you get off at the wrong station, SL will help you reach your destination.
You are dependent on a bus having a ramp or a low step. If the buss you are trying to board lacks a low step or has a malfunctioning ramp, SL will help you reach your destination.
If you feel like the accessibility guarantee applies to your situation you can call SL’s customer support at +46 20 120 20 22 or send a text message to +46 70 256 46 81. You can also ask any of SL’s station personnel for help.
Important note: The lines of Roslagsbanan, Nockebybanan and Saltsjöbanan are not covered by the accessibility guarantee.
Dallas is the ninth most-populous city in the U.S. and the largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States. Dallas and nearby Fort Worth initially developed due to the construction of major railroad lines through the area allowing access to cotton, cattle, and later oil in North and East Texas. Dallas then developed as a strong industrial and financial center and a major inland port, due to the convergence of major railroad lines, interstate highways, and the construction of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Dallas wheelchair access allows visitors to fully enjoy the charms of this modern forward thinking city.
Using DART people with a disability can get around by bus, train or a combination of both.
All DART buses and trains meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, offering wheelchair lifts and other features to accommodate riders with disabilities. Detailed access information is available at https://www.dart.org/riding/accessibility.asp
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is the most densely populated city proper in the world. The Spanish city of Manila was founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. The date is regarded as the city’s official founding date. Manila was also the seat of power for most of the country’s colonial rulers. It is home to many historic sites. The term “Manila” is commonly used to refer to the whole metropolitan area, the greater metropolitan area or the city proper. The city is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay. The Pasig River flows through the middle of the city, dividing it into the north and south sections. Manila wheelchair access is poor by western standards.
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Located in the mid-west of the Central Valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of the nation. San José’s metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and has an estimated population of over 2 million. Though few people live in the city center, it is the most important working area of the country, which brings in more than a million people daily. According to studies on Latin America, San José is one of the safest and least violent cities in the region.] In 2006, the city was appointed Ibero-American Capital of Culture. San José is the sixth-most important destination in Latin America. San Jose wheelchair access is quite poor, which puts the onus on the visitor to plan their visit in great detail.