ACCESS AND THE CITY
Accessibility of built environment is a key issue within the disability movement. This paper focuses on three European initiatives that will certainly improve the lives of 80 million persons with disabilities: Access city Awards; the EFC league of Historical and Accessible Cities and Urbaccess.
>ACCESS CITY AWARDS: AND THE NOMINEE’S ARE…
The European Disability Forum has partnered with the European Commission with the award recognizing those cities that commit the most with accessibility. The shortlist for the Access City Award has now been announced. The eight cities in contention for the title are, Grenoble (FR), Kraków (PL), Ljubljana (SI), Marburg (DE), Olomouc (CZ), Salzburg (AT), Santander (ES), Terrassa (ES).
The winner will be announced 1 December during the European Day of Persons with Disabilities.
However this is not the only event taking place to highlight accessibility across Europe. Two initiatives that are also really important for the disability movement are coming up
in the next few months.
for to visit the Access City Award 2012 website
>EFC: LEAGUE OF HISTORICAL AND ACCESSIBLE CITIES
The European Foundation Center (EFC) are currently working on ‘The League of Historical and Accessible Cities’ project, which aims to improve the accessibility of historical towns and promote sustainable tourism development.
The EFC are renowned for their strategy and investigation in the area of disabled access, creating the Disabled Interest Group (DIG), were they have being on the European forefront for over ten years.
The European Disability Forum is also teaming up with Urbaccess to put on an exhibition of European Accessibility.
This will recognize and highlight The French Equality of rights and chances law of 15 February 2005 establishes as an objective the accessibility in all public spaces, road and transportation by 2015.
This exhibition in will take place January 2012, on 19th & 20th, in the French capital of Paris.
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