Launched in July 2016, visits4u was an 18-month project on inclusive tourism, on behalf of the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE). It was co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union.
The pillar of ‘visits4u’ was to build capacity of the tourism sector across the partners’ regions in six European countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Spain and the UK. This was achieved through training activities that increased awareness and skills in developing inclusive tourism provision.
Following on from these activities, a series of online tools and resources has been developed, which are available for free via the project’s website: Access Guides, Case Studies and Online Training Modules for tourism businesses.
The project also introduced the use of information in Easy Read and Sign Languages (national ones and International Signs) in the production and promotion of tourism packages. Click here to find out more.
Published articles in the Access by Design journal, written by Foteini Galanopoulou, European Project Manager for CAE: Issue 146, in PDF and WORD (text only) – Issue 147, in PDF and WORD (text only).
A Grundtvig Partnership funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme that brought together disability and access organisations from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Spain and the UK to share expertise and universal design solutions.
The partnership looked at case studies in heritage, culture, tourism infrastructure, transport, urban environment, education, employment and disability rights campaigns. The UK was represented in this partnership by the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE).
Published article in the Access by Design journal, Issue 135, in PDF and WORD (text only), written by Foteini Galanopoulou, Project Manager for CAE.
Disability Artists Training Creative Enablers – DATCE (2011 – 2012)
DATCE was a pilot project ran by filmpro ltd between July 2011 – July 2012 that provided skills and training to a pool of creative individuals to work as ‘creative enablers’. The term broadly referred to someone who facilitates disabled artists to create and present their work, overcoming access barriers they may experience in their practice (rather than just providing the personal care or basic administrative tasks supported by schemes like Access to Work). The programme was supported by the London Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund (run by St Katharine & Shadwell Trust).
A Grundtvig workshop funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, hosted by the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) in May 2012. Participation was open to disabled people interested in arts, culture and travelling.
A few months before the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, workshop participants put London’s accessibility to the test through a range of multi-sensory activities and site visits across the town. They eventually offered their own interpretation of a disability-friendly environment whilst learning key principles about inclusive design and access provisions.
‘Myrtis: Face to Face with the Past’ is an interactive exhibition which presents to the public all stages from the archaeological excavation of a mass grave in the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos in Athens, through the study of the skeletal material it contained and the final reconstruction of Myrtis’ face, an 11 year-old girl who lived in 5th century B.C. in Athens and was amongst the victims of ‘the plague of Athens’, a disease that caused the death of one third of the city’s population, including the leader of the glorious Athenian Democracy, Pericles.
The exhibition presents both Myrtis’ story, as well as the interdisciplinary collaboration for the study of the skeletal material, in a welcoming to the general public approach, complemented with learning resources and activities for schools and young people.
The exhibition is bi-lingual, in Greek and English, and it incorporates key access features for a range of visitors (such as tactile items and videos in Greek and International Sign Languages).
Working with the exhibition designer, I advised on access for deaf people and initiated the process for Greek and International Sign Language to be an integral part of the exhibition.