“Access City Award” – the European award for accessible cities

``Access City Award`` - the European award for accessible cities

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The “Access City Award” is an award by the European Commission for cities which make efforts to become more accessible. One of last year’s winners was Lugo (Spain): The city has not only improved access for people with physical disabilities, but also for people with intellectual disabilities, by putting pictograms on public buildings to make it easier to understand which public services the respective administration offers.

2018 is the eighth year of the Access City Award, open to European cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.

This time, the European Commission would like to put an emphasis on accessibility for persons with intellectual disabilities. The Commission mentioned people with intellectual disabilities explicitly in the call

The deadline for applications is 11 September 2017, midnight Brussels time.

If you know about a city in your region which has done efforts to improve accessibility for people with intellectual disabilities, please tell the city administration about the Access City Award. It is an excellent opportunity to promote accessibility for people with intellectual disabilities.

As the cities would like to get in contact with previous winners and other stakeholders a Yammer network was created. This network is an opportunity for individuals, administrations, companies and associations to join the debate and share their practices to improve accessibility in EU cities.

The Access City Award Ceremony will take place on 5 December 2017 during the European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference. Self-Advocates are invited to this conference in the framework of this year’s Hear our voices.

 

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The “Access City Award” is an award from the European Commission.

It is an award for cities that try to be accessible
for persons with disabilities.

Last year one of the winners was the city of Lugo in Spain.

They made it easier for people with disabilities to move around in their city.

They also made it easier for people with intellectual disabilities.

They put pictures outside of every public building.

On the pictures you can see what is inside of the building.

For example a kindergarden.

Or a clothing shop.

The cities which have won the Access City Award would like to stay in touch with all interested people.

So they created an online network.

You can access the network here.

This year the European Commission will again give the Access City Award to accessible cities in Europe.

The European Commission wants to support cities
which try to be accessible for people with intellectual disabilities.

If your city does a lot to be accessible for people with intellectual disabilities,
then let the city know about the Access City Award.

You can find more information on the website of the Access City Award.

The information is not in easy-to-read.

The European Commission will give out the award during the conference for the
European Day of Persons with Disabilities.

This will happen on 5 December 2017.

Self-advocates are also invited to this conference.

Inclusion Europe’s conference Hear our Voices will happen at the same time.

So if you decide to come to Hear our Voices, you can also go to the conference for the
European Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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