“No soy una persona con discapacidad, vivo en una ciudad discapacitada”. Esta frase, dicha por uno de los participantes de la «Mapping Party» celebrada el pasado fin de semana en Elche, podría extrapolarse a muchas ciudades europeas. Aunque Elche ya ha hecho un gran esfuerzo para mejorar su accesibilidad todavía queda mucho trabajo por hacer.
The collective awareness platform for improving the accessibility in Europe goes Italy: Together with Wheelmap.org, we’ll join the local activists of “La Skarrozzata” in Bologna. The wheelchair tour in the historic center of the city has been organised once a year since 2010. “The main objectives of this initiative are to raise awareness of diversity and disability through social inclusion and take the awareness of the many mental barriers and on the path of those who are forced to a limited mobility”, the initiators tell us on the website of “La Skarrozzata”. And since we are “pienamente d’accordo” with these goals, we are happy to announce our participation in the 5th edition of the “walk”. Continue reading MyAccessible.EU and Wheelmap.org join the “Skarrozzata” in Bologna
Europe needs to become more accessible. Far too often buildings and places cannot easily be reached or entered by people whose ability to walk is temporarily or permanently limited. This affects millions of people in Europe, whether they be wheelchair users, senior citizens with walking aids or even parents with pushchairs.
The objective of MyAccessible.EU is to develop tools for collectively gathering and sharing information on the accessibility of public places. The development will be based on extensive research and on input from relevant target groups. Our four test sites are Vienna (Austria), London (UK), Elche (Spain) and Heidelberg (Germany). The new tools will build on best practice examples of online mapping, in particular Wheelmap.org.
The newly developed tools are to be based on the OpenStreetMap. They will be made available as open source software under an open data licence.
MyAccessible.EU is to play a prominent role in creating awareness for accessibility issues and in implementing effective measures for eliminating barriers.