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Tour4All Erasmus+ project newsletter Issue #1.
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ISSUE #2
2nd TRANSNATIONAL MEETING
FRANKFURT (ODER)
The second Transnational Meeting was held in Germany in the 4th and 5th of May. The host was IHK and all partners were present.

The main aims of the meeting were:
  • Discuss the initial findings of the analysis already performed;
  • Present the conclusions of an in-depth analysis performed in partners’ countries based on surveys, interviews and focus groups;
  • Get inspiration from existing practices on accessible tourism;
  • Analyse other VET offers in the sector that can be similar to the module that the project aims to develop.
After the analysis the partners prepared and approved the curricula structure with the objectives and contents. All partners were quite pleased with the work done and they agreed on the next steps to keep the project flowing smoothly.
PROJECT PARTNERS NEWS
MULTIPLIER EVENT IN FRANKFURT (ODER)

The project partner IHK held a multiplier event with professionals from different companies in the hotel and tourism sector on the 7th of June.

The idea of the workshop was to start a discussion with local companies from the tourism sector about our IOs and to create awareness for accessibility in Tourism. Concerning the IOs, the participants liked the interesting outcomes of the research in the other European countries done. 

A trainer from a big care training provider from Berlin (academy of knights of St. John) was engaged to give some insights into the topic of “dealing with handicapped clients”). The trainer explained the material she had brought from Berlin as several pair of hand scarves that limit the touching sense, glasses and helmets that limit view in a certain way (glaucoma, cataracts) and limitations for the joints (elbows).The audience was split in different groups who could chose the different kinds of aid and walk around, use the elevator and stairs or do some difficult task (like reading small letters). Some were using a wheelchair and overcome the limits given in the building. Everybody became aware of how difficult life can be with limited physical possibilities. As a feedback talk we discussed of how clients in the touristic sector would need to be treated and how one could change services to better acknowledge the limitations. The overall satisfaction was very good.

ESPINHO VOCATIONAL SCHOOL MULTIPLIER EVENT

The Vocational School of Espinho (Portugal) hosted TOUR4ALL project Conference on the 28th of June. The participants were very interested in the presentation of the results of the first intellectual output and eager to learn more about the next steps. Experts were invited to provide their inputs during the conference. Likewise, they had time to discuss the main topics addressed during the conference.

WHEELCHAIR MARATHON IN LITHUANIA

Lithuanian Association of People with Disabilities (LŽNS) in this year, as already 13 years before, invited wheelchair users to the marathon “Win Yourself”. People with disabilities overcome the distance of almost 250 kilometers. This marathon is not only an exceptional opportunity to assess your strength and will, but also a great opportunity to learn how accessible is environment in the regions, to draw the local communities' attention to the needs of people with disabilities.

This year in the marathon participated 12 wheelchairs. Among them there were two women - Ginta Žemaitaitytė, project’s coordinator at LŽNS, and Aušrinė Packevičiūtė, a lecturer at the Lithuanian Sports University.

All along the way the marathoners were accompanied by volunteers on the bicycles.

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EU POLICY DEBATE ON ACCESSIBILITY
 Disability statistics - barriers to social integration 

Around more 80 million people live with with disabilities in the European Union, representing 15 % of the population according to the latest Eurostat data report provides an overview of the aspects of life where people with disabilities in the European Union (EU) face barriers to participation. 
 
Larnaca International Airport wins 2017 #AccessibleAirportAward

The judges considered that the airport stands out for its remarkable accessible friendly initiatives, namely in terms of boarding equipment (e.g. the "Eagle lift" facilitates the boarding of wheelchairs) and in terms of the level of accessibility with regard to check-in machines and e-Gates.
 
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