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The micro-project ‘Protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities and creating opportunities for them to explore the unique cultural and architectural heritage of the cities of Lviv and Przemyśl (acronym ACCESSIBLE) achieved exactly what was stated in its title.
General information about the project ACCESSIBLE is available on the Programme website in the tab ‘Projects’.
Although, ACCESSIBLE was a micro-project, with limited sources that could be spent on infrastructure and investment activities, a project team managed to create attractive tourist routes for the needs of persons with disabilities in Przemyśl and Lviv.
Thanks to the project, two attractive tourist routes for disabled persons were created in Przemyśl and Lviv. The routes enable exploring the historical and cultural heritage of both cities.
The route in Lviv leads through 8 sites of medieval architectural heritage in the Pidzamche district (medieval churches of the 13th-17th centuries) which are, at least partly, accessible to wheelchair users and low mobility groups. On the other side of the border, in Przemyśl, a route around 5 sites of medieval architectural heritage was created for visually impaired and low mobility groups.
In order to improve accessibility on the touristic routes organized in the project, the elevator was installed in front of church museum of Bl. Kliment Sheptytsky in Lviv:
Presentation of installed elevator
and a ramp for wheelchairs to access Greek Catholic Cathedral in Przemyśl:
Based on the tourist routes designated in the project, partners created joint tourist guide around Przemyśl and Lviv.
The guide is intended primarily for people with disabilities (in wheelchairs or visually impaired) and for groups with reduced mobility (people with temporary health problems, pregnant women, the elderly, people with prams). The guide contains information on partially accessible tourist routes (urban and architectural restrictions), characteristics of the roads leading to a specific cultural site, barriers to tourist or daily activity in popular places, special advice for disabled people and people with reduced mobility. It also provides advice on improving the infrastructure in the vicinity of cultural and tourist sites that are visited on a daily basis by the above-mentioned people – residents and tourists.
Additionally, project partners prepared and published bilingual Polish/Ukrainian manual dedicated to professionals - tour guides and translators - to present and promote the local history and culture of Poland and Ukraine, cross border region, including the cities of Przemyśl and Lviv for people with special needs and groups with low mobility.
Polish version of manual
Ukrainian version of manual
The web-pages of project partners, which are the local tourist organizations in Lviv and Przemyśl have been adapted for people with different types of disabilities and visually impaired.
To spread knowledge and best practices on how to ensure the quality and safe services to people with disabilities while visiting cultural heritage sites, partners organized in Lviv the training seminar for touristic guides.
The recording of the seminar
During the conference organized by the project in Lviv, the Local Tourist Organization in Przemyśl, the Association Tourist Lviv Board, Department of Tourism and Health Resort of Lviv Oblast Public Administration, Department of Tourism of Lviv City Council and Non- governmental Organization “Rehabilitation of Disabled People” signed the Memorandum ‘On Joint Protection of the rights of people with disabilities at equal participation in tourism and promoting the concept of accessibility of cultural and historical heritage for people with disabilities on an equal part’. The aim of memorandum is to ensure the rights of disabled people to access the tourist services and provide adopted infrastructure to visit cultural and historical places for people with special needs in Polish – Ukrainian borderland. Partners plan also to establish the specialized public organization “Cross border association for assessible tourist development and cultural diversity promotion of West Ukraine and East Poland”.
The project results were announced to main Ukrainian tourist competition "Ukraine Tourism Awards 2021" and won 4th place in the category Accessible Tourism. Barrier-free culture.
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More about the project may be found in Polish and Ukrainian internet media:
In total, 38 publications on project activities and 7 press releases were created in the course of the project implementation.
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