Portimão promotes accessibility for all

A training programme of workshops to help inform public and private entities about the Accessibility and Mobility for All guide, first issued by the Portuguese government in 2007, will be held in Portimão on October 11 and 12.

The Accessibility and Mobility for All guide was created as a framework to help decode legislation regarding accessibility for people with reduced mobility in Portugal.

Case studies of projects around Portimão where accessibility has been improved will be used to demonstrate how legislation can be implemented successfully within municipal policies, planning and design through various different approaches.

Portimão has already pioneered an accessible route throughout the city which covers more than six kilometres and is clearly signposted to be easy to follow and find.  This is one of the first of its kind in Europe and demonstrated an investment of 300,000 Euros by Portimão Câmara towards improving the accessibility of the city to people with reduced mobility.

Practical and theoretical training in how to overcome architectural barriers and bring in disabled accessible routes into already established public areas will also be given in the sessions that are to take place from 9.30am until 1pm and from 2.30pm until 6pm.

For further information about the accessibility workshops, or to register to take part, please email [email protected].