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ATS VIP Project
Travel by people with disabilities, also known as “disabled travel” or “accessible travel,” is on the
rise. The travel industry is waking up to the special needs of travelers with disabilities by providing
more services and greater accommodation.
While this would be the case in a perfect world, it doesn’t always work out that way in
real life, especially in foreign countries where accessibility regulations vary widely.
This phase is entitled “Creation of an OER for accessible, safety and secure travelling of visually impaired persons”
It began in April 2020 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2020.
The aim of IO2 is the development of the OER platform that will contain information and innovative content related to accessibility, safety and protection during the trip, especially adapted to people with visual impairment and blindness. All project partners from North Macedonia, Romania and Spain are actively working for the optimal functioning of the OER platform
The consortium of partners, Mreza za Dozivotno Ucenje (Lifelong Learning Network) North Macedonia, IT Solutions for All Spain and Asociatia Babilon Travel Romania, were working on the first intelectual output of the projet which aims at development of a methodology meant to study and compare accessibility and mobility services present in the European countries, mainly focusing on accessible tourism and confront these findings with the needs of visual impaired persons.
ATS VIP consortium was in Skopje on January 13th for the Kick-Off Meeting of ATS for VIP: Accessible Travel Solutions for Visually Impaired Persons, a Project co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, Key Action 2.
ATS for VIP is implemented by a Consortium of 3 Partners from 3 European countries (The Republic of North Macedonia, Romania and Spain). The main objective of ATS for VIP project is the development of barrier-free tourism OER and cross-traffic navigation solutions to make travelling accessible and safe to blind and visually impaired people, as AST for VIP project aims to improve the mobility and the quality of life of these people all around Europe.
During the meeting, Partners presented their organizations and jumpstarted Project implementation discussing the methodology of Intellectual Output 1 “Creation of methodological framework for accessible and safety traveling for visual impaired persons”, presenting the design, the functionality of the website and the OER platform: IO2 “Creation of an OER for accessible safety and secured traveling of visual impaired persons” and providing ideas on IO3 “Public awareness campaigns for accessibility, safety and security during traveling for visually impaired persons”.
The Kick-Off Meeting also represented a great opportunity for Partners to agree upon the web domain, design and logo, in order to foster Project visibility and to launch dissemination activities.