How to correctly map trail, accessibility of buildings and surrounding area for disabled? This is what the two latest workshops of the Disway society and other participants from the Czech Republic and Germany were about.
We have discussed this issue online several times. This time, Mrs. Kateřina Novotná from the Prague Organization of Wheelchair Users, who is an expert in the field of mapping of barriers for disabled, and her colleague, the experienced architect Jan Tomandl, shared their experience with us.
What does the surroundings area of the mapped building look like and is there accessible parking?
What awaits for disabled when entering a building? Not only wheelchair access is important, but also some services for the blind and deaf are indispensable.
Is it easy to call the elevator and get inside?
What is the correct layout of a hotel room?
Is the bathroom big enough? Does it have all the necessary essentials? No one wants to fall from a poorly secured seat in the shower…
What about a public toilet when on the trip? The handrails must be positioned in such a way as to be useful to the disabled.
The barriers that people with disabilities face in real life are sometimes sad and sometimes even funny.
So called accessibility tracker should see what's wrong with one look around.
We had the opportunity to discuss all the theory we learned online in person at the Eurocentre in Jablonec nad Nisou on March 23, 2022. We usually saw each other for the first time.
All communication was simultaneously translated by two great and tireless interpreters.
It was a nice meeting that brought a lot of useful information into light.