Visually impaired people from all over Europe come together to exchange positive and negative aspects of their own lives and places concerning mobility and create an imaginary, visually impaired friendly model of Europe in order to use it as an inspiration for changes in the real world.
Finland, Italy, Germany
“The Visionary Europe” and the “#yellowtheworld” campaign could be a trigger for a bigger change in the attitude of people. The more people think about the differences in perception and vision, the more they are aware that visual impairment is not necessarily a limit, but a different way of seeing. This can change the approach towards disability in general.
The real improvement on mobility and accessibility would come from people connections more than from infrastructures and institutions.
If we connect the people we connect the Nations.
Europe has a strong focus on accessibility and Inclusion. Given the previous experience I am aware of the benefits of the workshop, for the people and for the countries
There is a gap between the disabled community and the non-disabled. There is a need to create interest that goes beyond the disability itself and its consequences. This can be done by giving visual and hearing impairment a different appeal. Although the workshops are mainly targeted at partially sighted people, one of the main goals is to reach a general audience especially with the indirect results.
Policy recommendations will be provided to the local institutions and results widely disseminated directly and on the web, like we did for the Visionary Europe – Berlin.
The concrete modifications in public spaces in the city, like more lighting, better contrast or a new symbolic yellow element will have a big and positive impact for everyone.
I think the way I approach the disability in combination with a methodical way of teaching with experiential method tools, is something that makes it different, new and advanced in its field.
After a methodic analysis of the city and with the approval of the local institution we would be able to find the best way to improve the accessibility of the city and, as a provocative act, paint yellow a step, or the poles of a street.
With the connections we already have in Finland, Italy and Germany and with the experience gained in 2013 we will be able to take care of all the promotional, logistic, financial aspects. In addition we would create short documentaries that would help to advertise the initiative and inform about the needs of visually impaired people.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Noisyvision team met in Budapest and Helsinki and was invited to the Europe 2020 conference of Eurocities in Barcelona. The innovative ideas are appealing and the recent expeditions to Everest Base Camp raised a lot of attention toward Visual impairment and the yellowtheworld campaign!