Inclusive Design in Urban Space

On September 3, 2020, the Representation of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and the Union of CSOs of People with Disabilities of Kyiv held the first in a series of events for heads of departments and divisions of the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration on the implementation of inclusive design in the urban space. Opening the event, Natalia Zabolotna, Deputy Head of the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, noted that the creation of barrier-free conditions applies not only to people with disabilities, but also creates comfortable living conditions for all community members (including parents with children and the elderly). Oleksandr Vorona, Director of the Center for Inclusive Design, stressed that urban design is man-made and should take into account human diversity and the human life cycle. Currently, the number of people in need of inclusive design of public space has significantly increased in Ukraine. Architectural barriers and social barriers deprive many people of the opportunity to take an active part in community life. It is an unacceptable and artificial form of social isolation. O. Vorona discussed with the participants the main components of universal design, its benefits for a city and a community and showed the participants examples of transforming public places into inclusive ones.

The organizers plan to hold further seminars on inclusive design in transport infrastructure, recreational areas, and playgrounds.

For more information, as well as regarding the cooperation, please contact the event organizers. Contact persons: Maria Koval-Honchar, Project coordinator, Representation of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine, tel. +38 066 481 94 59;;  Oleksandr Vorona, President of the Union of CSOs of People with Disabilities in Kyiv, tel. 093-858-17-31

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