Serbia’s first accessibility mapby Nicola Dotto - 2014.04.04
Serbia has officially published an accessibility map of the entire country, which provides real-time information on services available to all citizens in public buildings, offices, shops, cinemas, theatres and on public transport. The new geolocation software, which was initially only available on 3G mobile phones but can now also be used on a normal computer, helps people with various types of disability, as well as the elderly and people with mobility difficulties. The user first selects the desired location or the means of transport and the map then shows whether or not there are barriers, ramps, doors that facilitate wheelchair access or lifts, etc. The database is growing rapidly and currently contains more than 5,000 mapped objects from across the region.
Children learn to respect disabled people by putting themselves in their shoes
To make children experience the obstacles faced everyday by people with disabilities through the city streets. This is the aim of a didactic experiment that, for the second consecutive year, has involved elementary and middle schools students of the 3rd District of the City of Florence. The idea is to Read More.
Here are the disability-friendly Italian theme parks
Many Italian theme parks are not accessibile to disabled people. For this reason, the Italian League against Muscular Distrophy (UILDM) decided to launch a campaign for the right of all kids to enjoy themselves. Until April 19th, in fact, it’s possible to make a donation for purchases of rides that Read More.
Even if there are tons of others, this is the only real “different” bar
It is safe to say that blind, deaf, or disabled bartenders in wheelchairs, are the exception. Not at the bar in Bologna, Italy called Altro Spazio. This art gallery, with bistrot and restaurant attached, has one primary objective: “to destroy, literally (and not), the concept of inability”. These are the Read More.
Success for the app against architectural barriers
In Italy, thanks to the app to report architectural barriers by the not-for-profit Associazione Luca Coscioni, 20% of the barriers reported were removed. This free service, less than a year since its launch, has recorded over 1,000 users per 200 reports across Italy, evenly distributed throughout the country, but with Read More.
The first certificate for quality of accessibility
A certificate which gives from 1 to 3 stars for the accessibility to public buildings has been created in France by Certivea, in collaboration with various organizations dealing with disability. They award from 1 to 3 stars to offices, schools and shops based on six criteria: ease of access, ease Read More.
The blind man that unveiled the “Cristo velato”
If today visitors who are blind are the only ones to be allowed to touch the extraordinary masterpiece, “Cristo Velato” (Veiled Christ) by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Sanmartino (1753), located in the Cappella San Severo of Naples (today, a museum), it’s thanks to the combative spirit of Felice Tagliaferri. Well-known Italian Read More.