Awards 2015 At Lisbon, Portugal

Svayam Accessibility Awards were instituted on 25 October 2010 to promote and recognize the concept of Accessibility & Universal Design in all spheres of our lives to make way for livable communities – in both rural & urban scapes. The awards are conferred on the organizations in the TRANSED hosting nation, that have shown consistent commitment towards providing accessible infrastructure for all. These awards play a pivotal role in providing the right impetus to the development of inclusive infrastructure, related policies & practices so that such initiatives are sustainable and meaningful.

Svayam Accessibility Awards 2015 ceremony were held on 30 July 2015 at Lisbon, Portugal on the sidelines of 14th International Conference on Mobility & Transportation for the Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED Conference, 2015). The Awards were given away by Ms. Sminu Jindal, Founder – Svayam during the official Gala Dinner ceremony of TRANSED 2015.

Best Practice by a Municipality for 'Accessible Itinerary System (SIA)'

Institute of Transportation (IOT), Ministry of
Transportation and Communications (MOTC),
Taiwan 

Best Practice by a Municipality for 'Lisbon Accessible Pedestrian Plan'.

Mr. João Afonso, Deputy Mayor for Social Rights, Lisbon Municipality.

Best Practice by an NGO for promoting inclusive tourism through website. 

Mr. Salvador Mendes de Almeida

Award Committee 2015

More About Award People

Best Practice by a Municipality for their Project 'Accessible Itinerary System (SIA)'. The award was received by Arch. Ms. Lia Ferreira, Ombudswoman of Porto Municipality.

Citation:

Porto City Hall, through its Municipal Ombudsman for Citizens with Disabilities, successfully implemented this 'Best Practice' project titled 'Accessible Itineraries System (SIA) Porto' - portal that comes to help all the citizens, specially the ones with reduced mobility, optimizing itineraries that meet their needs.
The project maps the city, identifies the barriers to seamless & accessible mobility on city routes and addresses them with active citizen's participation. In short, the project allows online consultation of optimized routes for accessibility (through map consultation), digitally calculated between two previously chosen points giving information not only about paths but also intermodal transportation connectivity, accessibility of important public buildings & spaces.
The project has been implemented with active partners like Associação de Surdos do Porto (ASP), Associação de Cegos e Amblíopes do Porto (ACAPO), Associação do Porto de Paralisia Cerebral (APPC) and Associação dos Deficientes das Forças Armadas (ADFA), plus Porto's Metro and FEUP (Porto's Engineering University).
Best Practice by a Municipality for their Project 'Lisbon Accessible Pedestrian Plan'. The award was received by Mr. João Afonso, Deputy Mayor for Social Rights, Lisbon Municipality.

Citation:

Porto City Hall, through its Municipal Ombudsman for Citizens with Disabilities, successfully implemented this 'Best Practice' project titled 'Accessible Itineraries System (SIA) Porto' - portal that comes to help all the citizens, specially the ones with reduced mobility, optimizing itineraries that meet their needs.
The project maps the city, identifies the barriers to seamless & accessible mobility on city routes and addresses them with active citizen's participation. In short, the project allows online consultation of optimized routes for accessibility (through map consultation), digitally calculated between two previously chosen points giving information not only about paths but also intermodal transportation connectivity, accessibility of important public buildings & spaces.
The project has been implemented with active partners like Associação de Surdos do Porto (ASP), Associação de Cegos e Amblíopes do Porto (ACAPO), Associação do Porto de Paralisia Cerebral (APPC) and Associação dos Deficientes das Forças Armadas (ADFA), plus Porto's Metro and FEUP (Porto's Engineering University).

The Plan has three overarching goals:

Instead of budgeting & addressing all infrastructural barriers in one go, the Plan defines an effort rate. Every year the City will invest 3% of public works budget in the adaptation of public spaces (e.g. sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, etc.) and public buildings (elementary schools, museums and libraries, public markets, etc.). And it hopes to address most barriers by 2017 as per the current plan. Community participation is considered as a key. A high value is put on the collection of quantitative and qualitative data on the needs, difficulties and preferences of persons with disabilities and the elderly population. This project creates a safe, accessible and free of obstacles route for all pedestrians.
Best Practice by an NGO for promoting inclusive tourism through their website. The award was being received by Mr. Salvador Mendes de Almeida, the Founder of Association Salvador.

Citation:

Association Salvador is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by Salvador Mendes de Almeida that is dedicated to social integration and improving the quality of life of people with reduced mobility (especially those in wheelchairs). The website portugalaccessivel.com is today a national reference guide in providing information about the physical accessibility in different types of spaces in Portugal, also proposing accessible itineraries and enabling interaction and exchange of experiences between community of people with motor disabilities.
It counts with almost 5000 audited spaces. At the same time, it is a tool to raise awareness among public and private entities to promote the importance of accessibility. In addition to the website, the Association has also created a mobile application available for iOS, Android and Windows Phones.

Capacity Building

While the access audit recommends ways of making a building or service more accessible, there may be areas where structural design may not allow much change. Even in case of an emergency, the staff needs to assist customers/us

Accessibility& Audit

The access audit identifies barriers that may exist in the present infrastructure and make recommendations to overcome them. All the good features that exist are also highlighted in the audit. During the audit the team members go around all

Access Consultancy

Svayam also provides consultancy services to help organisations incorporate accessibility at design stage itself and also while the project is executed to ensure that the end product is compliant to the accessibility