Berlin is applying under the leadership of the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment for the Access City Award 2013 of the European Commission.
Berlin pursues a policy of accessibility in the capital since 1992 - from the pedestrian crossing to the creation of a modern transport infrastructure to public buildings and open spaces - and keeps developing it consistently.
The Berlin Senate has determined to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by an action plan of measures with ten disability policy guidelines. Equally, the Federal State of Berlin will secure by monitoring mechanisms that the "Guidelines on turning Berlin into a disabled-adapted city" will be enhanced into the "Guidelines for a barrier-free Berlin" within the next two years. It will focus on construction, housing, transport, healthcare and media considering especially the needs of persons with sensory impairments and will be implemented by 2020.
The vision of a barrier-free playground
Creating inclusive conditions for children with or without disabilities presents a special challenge in the planning of a playground. As a result of their disability, children with special needs often spend a childhood with only very limited possibilities for playing and exercise. A playground is a space in which children are given opportunities to be active themselves, to put themselves in playful relationships with other children to identify and develop their skills. Though seemingly obvious, amazingly few examples can be found. Children with disabilities are particularly dependent on a variety of recreational and exercise facilities, which they can largely use without help. This aim is the objective of an innovative playground concept, also known as a Best Practice in the manual "Design for All - Public Open Space" of Berlin.
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The Information System Mobidat is funded by the State of Berlin. In addition to the database which currently offers data on the accessibility of over 35,000 institutions in Berlin, Mobidat operates an Internet portal and information service. It surveys and checks the degree of accessibility of all public facilities. The collected data can be retrieved under www.mobidat.net Mobidat.
Video: Mobidat raises public awareness for more accessibility in Berlin (Länge: 4:14 min)