Grundtvig

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Grundtvig sectoral program aims to improve the quality and European dimension of adult education in a broad sense, including formal, non formal and informal learning, including self-study.

·          Learning partnerships focus on themes of mutual interest to the participating organizations of the countries that make up the patnership

In this regard, our NGOs working with people with disabilities from five countries of the European Union  have formed a Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Partnership to develop the project 

 Universal Design - Barrier Free Environments

within the European Union program and to share experiences, knowledge and skills in the field.
 

The project provides our organizations the opportunity to share our experiences - good and bad- such as the knowledge, tools and services that have been developed to create barrier free environments.

The project addresses the question of how to overcome barriers and obstacles, both in society and within the person with disabilities, to improve opportunities for people with disabilities to access a job and be fully valued on an equal footing in the labor market for all the Member States of the European Union.

Social inclusion for persons with disability means being an active and equal member of society, participation in all aspects of community life. However, for many people with disability this is not possible due to various physical and attitudinal barriers. The cooperation by disability organizations will focus on the topic of universal design and barrier free environments.

The partner organizations have a wealth of experience in accessibility and universal design, some countries are more advanced whilst others not so. Through this partnership it is sought to share knowledge, experience, expertise and tools that have been developed to date, where appropriate to adapt them to local situations and to create new tools to ensure universal design for all (case studies of good practices in universal design, a compendium of tools for promoting community participation, websites on universal design and recommendations for decision-makers.

The partners through this learning partnership want to explore how to make accessibility a given and not utopia or a dream, how to involve all sectors of the community in designing accessible, user-friendly environments not just for persons with disability, but for the elderly, mothers with young children and others who come face to face with physical barriers in daily life. Through the partnership we will look at how to go beyond thinking of accessibility as just building accessibility, but looking at it through the prism of universal design whereby persons with disability can participate in community life due to barrier free work environments, information accessibility, technology accessibility and so on. Participants of the project will also gain new knowledge and advance their skills through the workshops and meetings in partner countries.

 

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