Many people with disabilities meet barriers when they want to travel like anyone else. Whether these are architectural barriers, digital barriers, safety risks, cultural barriers, moving from A to B using public means is not as obvious as it should be.
Technology can help overcoming many of these barriers. This was the reason for AAATE to join this European Project funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme.
The TRIPS project proposes a co-design approach that allows people, disabled by inaccessible environments, to take the leading role in designing accessible and useable transport systems. By focusing on the experience and needs of disabled people, we aim to directly address a wide variety of barriers in current urban transport systems. This includes barriers due to for example age, health, or language.
The project will provide case studies that show how such co-designed mobility solutions can indeed provide inclusive urban transport-for-all in seven example European cities: Bologna, Brussels, Cagliari, Lisbon, Sofia, Stockholm and Zagreb.
AAATE has an important role in the project. We will bring in our competence on Assistive Technology and Accessibility, on Standardisation, on trends in Technology and Disability. We will help the consortium to assess the feasibility of solutions and to prioritise these. We will support the co-design workshops in the various cities, and finally we will cooridinate the communication and dissemination of the results.
The AAATE Project Team members are: David Banes, Christian Gallinski, Riccardo Magni, Alexey Andrushevich, Massimiliano Malavasi, Valentini Papageorgiou, Sabine Lobnig and Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf.
LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13851288/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eu_trips / @TRIPS_EU
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme Under Grant Agreement no. 875588