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The Spanish Heritage Cities has signed a universal accessibility program with Fundación ONCE

14 de abril del 2021

Ávila, Wednesday April 14th, 2021. The president of the Spanish World Heritage Cities Group and Mayor of Mérida, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, signed today a collaboration agreement with the general director of the ONCE Foundation, José Luis Martínez Donoso, to develop a program of actions to promote Universal Accessibility. As explained by the President of the Group, “our objective is to promote initiatives that favor the full and effective inclusion and social normalization of people with disabilities, as well as their access to the full enjoyment of the cultural heritage that the 15 cities treasure as World Heritage Sites”.

The signing of the agreement was held at the Palacio de los Verdugo in Ávila.

The Mayor of Ávila, Jesús Manuel Sánchez Cabrera, said he was grateful “for signing this agreement in our city, one of the most accessible cities in Spain. I am convinced that this commitment will allow the Group to continue advancing in accessibility and in providing the best service to people who visit our cities ”.

This afternoon begins the Conference on Tourism and Accessibility, under the title "Heritage of Humanity, for all Humanity".

The conference, organized by the Tourism Commission of the World Heritage Cities Group, are held on April 14th and 15th at the Palace of Superunda, with the collaboration of the City Council of Ávila and the Ministry of Culture and Sports along with the participation of the Secretary of State for Tourism; of Madrid City Council and Madrid Destino, of the Thyssen Bornemisza National Museum, of the ONCE Foundation, ILUNION and Pronisa Plena Inclusión.

"Inclusive information as an integrating tourist tool for the dissemination of heritage" is one of the great challenges that will be addressed in these Conference, which is inaugurated by the President of the Group of Heritage Cities at 4.30 pm, together with the deputy director general of Management and Coordination of Cultural Assets of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Pilar Barrero, before giving way to the initial framework presentation, by Jesús Hernández Galán, director of Universal Accessibility and Innovation at Fundación ONCE. The panel of good practices in accessibility and information will put an end to the first day of the Conference, which continues tomorrow, Thursday, April 15th, with a practical workshop on easy reading applied to tourism and heritage interpretation, another on accessible signage, as well as a presentation on good accessibility practices in new technologies for tourism.

The presentation "a tailor-made Museum", by Thyssen Bornemisza and the example of accessibility of Madrid Destino will conclude with a finishing touch the Conference, which takes place in person and in online format and is aimed at tourism officers from the Cities and other interested persons from the participating organizations.



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