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Accessibility in the city of Turku
Hei! Nimeni on Jyri Kuparinen ja toimin Esteettömyyskoordinaattorina Turun kaupungissa. On mukava tavata teidät ja keskustella teidän kanssanne esteettömyysasioista. Mutta mitä mieltä olette ymmärtämisestä ja sen tärkeydestä esteettämyyden saavuttamisessa?
Hey! My name is Jyri Kuparinen and I work as an Accessibility Coordinator in the city of Turku. It is so nice to meet you all and discuss with you about Accessibility. For me UNDERSTANDING each other is the main thing in ACCESSIBILITY? In my opinion, accessibility must be based on: UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE MUTUAL RESPECT HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED EQUALLY! Thus, we can only ensure that everything is done positively and we can build a better future step by step.
COMPLEX ACCESSIBILITY refers to equality to participate in society independently. ACCESSIBILITY is the realization of the physical, the mental, the social, the cultural and the economic environment, so that each one of us, regardless of their ability to act, can act equally with others. ACCESSIBILITY must therefore be seen as a broad entity, meaning the smooth participation of all citizens in work, hobbies, culture and study. ACCESSIBILITY MEANS, THEREFORE: • ACCESSIBILITY OF SERVICES • THE USABILITY OF THE TOOLS • INTELLIGIBILITY OF INFORMATION • THE POSSIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN DECISION-MAKING ABOUT THEMSELVES ACCESSIBILITY takes also into account issues such as seeing, hearing, communicating, and communicating. ACCESSIBILITY takes into account the diversity of people and does not differentiate people based on their ability to function. Due to the complexity of accessibility, accessibility should be taken into account not only in construction, but also in signs, lighting, color use, organization of services and all communication. The accessibility of the built environment is affected at all stages of the design, construction and maintenance process. Accessibility is as strong as the weakest link in the entire chain!
WHY? HOW? Expectations? WHEN? Needs? Purchases? Timetable? Research? Uncertainty? ACCESSIBILITY Ideas? Matters are usually full of challenges, words and questions, but usually they all can be solved with co-operation! Services? Service design? Funding? Products? WHERE? Location? Legislation? Urge? WHAT? WHO / WHOM? Customers?
WHO/ WHOM? By Accessibility coordinator Jyri Kuparinen and repair adviser Mika Palmroos in co-operation for example with Kynnys Ry, Turku Disapled Council and industries inside Turku city services for example Turku city planning unit etc. WHEN? 24/7…Aim is to accessibility will always be taken care of and improved when new public spaces are built / planned or old properties are renovated. WHY? Accessible environment is essential for many groups of people, but it also greatly helps other users of the premises. For example, the transportation of goods, cleaning and maintenance of facilities is easier when there are no thresholds, stairs or steep slopes. The environment or a single building is functional, safe and pleasant, and when all the premises and floors of the building are easy to reach. In an unobstructed environment, the facilities and functions in them are as easy to use and logical as possible
. WHAT? HOW? At city level and regional level, the coordinator's task is to educate, guide and acquire information on accessibility and implementation. Accessibility is part of normal design work in road, street, landscaping and house projects. At present, most of the work of the Accessibility coordinator consists of inspections of accessibility plans, preparation of accessibility statements required for building permits, guidance and advice for designers and accessibility checks for buildings. In addition, a significant part of the work is education and counseling: the target group is different organizations, housing managers and urban residents. Although the focus is on building control, the accessibility coordinator is an expert in his own field and helps in accessibility matters also other industries. The municipalities who mostly use coordinator´s services are of course, Turku, followed by Lieto, Naantali and Paimio.
. WHERE? Mainly in the city of Turku and also in seven surrouding municipalities. At national level, there is a network of accessibility coordinators, which supports the work of local accessibility coordinators and provides peer support. The Accessibility coordinator in Turku is an active member of the network. At the international level, the EU 's Euro. Cities network, which includes representatives of the major cities in Europe, including the Turku Accessibility Coordinator. The network provides the latest information on accessibility and participates in building an equal and accessible Europe. The accessibility coordinator acts as an active member of the network.
Promoting Accessibility in the City of Turku 1 Accessibility refers to the smooth participation of all citizens in work, hobbies, culture and learning. Accessibility is related to services, tools/equipment, comprehensibility of information and the possibility to participate in decision-making about themselves. Accessibility is related to seeing, hearing, moving and understanding. Accessibility applies to all of us.
2 Earth is not flat! Accessibility shouldn´t always be an uphill struggle. Accessibility is a logical part of versatile implementation, cooperation, usability, understanding and equality!
3 We regularly update our accessibility program and guidelines and our main purpose is to improve the services we offer to our residents. Our guidelines are based on current Finnish accessibility legislation. We want to be innovative and courageous pioneers in accessibility matters without forgetting proven methods for example manual accessibility vs. digital accessibility. We co-operate with residents at all levels. Our co-operation is based on respect, openness and trust. Our main co-operation partners are disabled people and senior citizens. We want to succeed together.
. PROJECTS IN PROGRESS. Construction of a new public transport system. Downtown are developing.