Europe is an urban continent. Nowadays the vast majority of the EU population (four out of every five people to be more specific) lives in a settlement having the dimensions of a town or a city. Navigating the bustling maze of a city can pose all sorts of everyday challenges for the roughly 80 million EU citizens who have some forms of disability. There might be no wheelchair lifts on local buses, or no Braille on signposts, or perhaps there are annoying steps that block people in wheelchairs (or people with prams, or mobility strollers) from entering a building. Naturally, people with disabilities would often like to be more mobile and independent, so we can ask ourselves: are there better ways to design European cities in order to become more accessible for everybody? Should local authorities, city planners and architects consider these issues more carefully? And if so, where there are accessibility challenges, can we – the civil society and its representatives, the active NGOs – help to overcome them? We can proudly state that we’ve built our experience in making cities more accessible for people with disabilities: two years ago we had the first successful youth exchange based on the forth mentioned goals and now we will have the chance to analyse the path we’ve taken since 2016.
Being aware of the forth mentioned accessibility challenges in Europe the Youth Forum of Odorhei from Romania (Udvarhelyi Fiatal Fórum) is relaunching the innovative youth partnership in order to promote the rights of people with disabilities in Europe. The project will highlight the importance of developing and implementing local policies and practices for recognising the needs of the large and growing number of people with disabilities in Europe. The basic aim of the Re-Access City youth exchange is to identify all the accessibility challenges in European local communities and to develop useful tools in order to efficiently overcome them.
During the program participants will
– create useful tools in order to identify all the accessibility challenges inside local communities in Europe
– draw printed maps and will create on-line platforms where accessibility challenges are facing people with some forms of disabilities
– realize a movie and a handbook of the program which can be used as best practice tools for other Eastern-European cities and local communities
Project title Re-Access City
Project duration 1-9 of October 2019
Place Odorheiu Secuiesc, Harghita County, Romania
Project holder Youth Forum of Odorhei – Udvarhelyi Fiatal Fórum
Partners involved EU Program Countries
Participants 4 participants + 1 group leader from each partner
Working language English
– non-profit organizations from EU Programme Countries working with young people and able to send 5 participants (4 participants + 1 group leader, gendered balanced group) that will fit the profile bellow. Dear future partners, please feel free to offer your input, the project is based on the active involvement of all partners invited and your ideas are more than welcome.
– young people aged between 18-30 (except group leaders) with affinity for everyday challenges that are making life difficult for people with some form of disabilities in Europe, open-minded and open to new challenges, with good communication skills and able to actively participate in all the planned activities during the project cycle.
Accommodation, meals and activity costs will be financed 100% through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Program. Travel costs will be reimbursed according to the Erasmus+ rules (Youth exchanges).
Distance between 10-99 km: 20 Euros/participant
Distance between 100-499 km: 180 Euros/participant
Distance between 500-1999 km: 275 Euros/participant
Distance between 2000-2999 km: 360 Euros/participant
Distance between 3000-3999 km: 530 Euros/participant
Distance between 4000-7999 km: 820 Euros/participant
For travel distances of 8000 km or more: 1500 Euros/participant
Procedure to apply
All NGOs who wish to be part of this initiative are welcome to apply by filling in the Partner Identification Form (PIF) and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are willing to join the youth exchange, please send us your PIF and we will send the mandate in order to be signed by your legal representative.
Deadline for sending the PIF and the signed mandate by e-mail is the 20th of April 2019.