Pagalbinės prieigos priemonės
Kaposvár (Hungary) won the special mention for Commitment to Improvement. - Kaposvár (Hungary) won the special mention for Commitment to Improvement. Kaposvár has been improving accessibility over the past 25 years. The city’s pledge to make public places barrier-free for all, not only for the disabled, but also older people and those with young families was partially achieved in 2010 when the whole of the city centre was made accessible. The city’s newly renovated public buildings boast tactile layouts and tactile paving plus Braille inscriptions to assist the blind and visually impaired. The city’s fleet of buses is equipped with acoustic passenger information systems and more than half of all buses have low floors, with a long-term pledge to replace all buses with low-floor models. As a city which attracts a large number of tourists, 90% of the city’s sights and 80% of the cultural institutions are barrier-free. Video script (pdf - 181 KB)
Vaasa (Finland) won the special mention for Access to Employment. - Vaasa (Finland) won the special mention for Access to Employment. Vaasa is committed to promoting accessibility both for its older population and for the 2,000 residents who use disability services. The city is awarded a special mention for access to employment of its older and disabled populations. The city took part in European Job Shadow Day, an initiative designed to give people with disabilities the opportunity to get a close-up look at the world of work. In summer next year, the City plans to give summer jobs to disabled young people in addition to the 16 disabled people which it already employs. Video script (pdf - 179 KB)
The Access City Award was launched in 2010 to raise awareness of disability and promote accessibility initiatives in European cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. - The Access City Award was launched in 2010 to raise awareness of disability and promote accessibility initiatives in European cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Since then, 259 cities have entered the competition and 31 municipalities have received awards for their efforts to offer equal access to city life for the elderly and people with disabilities. Five cities this year will be recognised for having risen to the challenge of making accessibility a priority. These cities have made it possible for disabled and older people to fully participate in their communities and their ambitious initiatives and resolute progress towards creating accessible cities should inspire the thousands of other cities across Europe to make similar efforts. Video script (pdf - 177 KB)
Toulouse (France) won the special mention for Smart City. - Toulouse (France) won the special mention for Smart City. Toulouse has harnessed information and communications technologies in order to make the city more accessible for older and disabled people. The city’s transport system has an accessible website and telephone information line which not only allows people to plan their journey, but also gives information on the availability of lifts at metro stations. The site also has timetable information for buses and trams in a format adapted for the visually impaired as well as audio descriptions of metro stations and tram stops. Since 2014, Toulouse has developed a special Smart City task force, which priorities including autonomy and the silver economy. Video script (pdf - 192 KB)
The Access City Award 2016 showcased the efforts of cities across Europe to become better places to live for all people. - The Access City Award 2016 showcased the efforts of cities across Europe to become better places to live for all people. With more than 250 participants since 2010, the award continues to recognise those cities that are leading lights in dismantling barriers across the continent today. Accessibility is a priority area for the European Commission and the award helps to bring to the fore examples of innovative thinking and best practice which can inspire other cities, perhaps facing similar challenges. The award ceremony took place in Brussels in December 2015 on the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities and was presented by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen.