JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY, vol.17, no.4, pp.1575-1581, 2016 (SCI-Expanded)
Even though there is noticeable size of disabled populations in Turkey, there are no comprehensive studies about socioeconomic characteristics, problems, and expectations of those communities. According to the Education Ministry, there are 1 million and 100 thousand disabled children between ages of 4-1; 45 thousand with vision impairment. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the condition of this group of children and evaluation their circumstance. All children, including disabled children, have the right to play, have fun and take part in recreational activities that is important for their development. This article tried to put light on characteristics of disabled children, their needs, and conditions they have in Turkey. With regard to all statistic data and analyses, this paper makes attempt to give a clear image of this amount of population for designers, urban planners, instructors, and other experts who want to accomplish an action for their sake in Turkey. Finally, it emphasises the urgent need of peculiar green areas for those communities, so that they will be able to enjoy and entertain in the free green places as much as other ordinary persons have.