Ashgabat - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

Wheelchairs would have a tough time. The city tries to be accesible (so I have seen worse) but their sidewalk ramps aren't consistent. They do at least have sidewalks, so there is that. - Dec 2020

There are sidewalks most areas, although uneven in places. Apartment buildings have elevators but some have steps to get into the building, some have ramps. With a little creativity,you could get along fine. - Mar 2019

Yes. The sidewalks are not flat and you sometimes have to cross the street quickly to avoid cars. - Jun 2018

Yes, sidewalks are uneven and have cracks. There are no ramps off the curbs onto the streets and the "ramps" they do have that lead to the underground crosswalks are INCREDIBLY steep and in no way safe to use. Handicap ramps are not at all buildings and elevators are very tiny. - Feb 2016

I saw few people with physical disabilities. Most local staff explained that there is a social stigma attached to those with disabilities, so many Turkmen families decide to have their loved ones who face such challenges stay at home. Ashgabat is rapidly being turned into a modern capital through a massive investment in infrastructure and constructing dozens of buildings. The heart of the city is immaculately clean, with wide sidewalks and accessible entrances. - Jul 2014

The city is not equipped to accommodate people with physical disabilities. - Oct 2012

The city is not equipped to accommodate people with physical disabilities. - Mar 2012

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