Other shortlisted practices 2014

Barrier-free access to Universities in Spain

Framework agreements were signed among Fundación ONCE, Ministry of Culture & Education and preselected Universities to improve accessibility of Universities in Spain. Foundation ONCE financed barrier-free constructions, modifications and accessible education for persons with disabilities

“To fulfill with the … principle of universal access to education, education must be accessible to all…”

Jesús HERNÁNDEZ GALÁN
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Barrier-free Universities in Spain
Organisation:FUNDACIÓN ONCE
Country
of origin
Spain
Beneficiaries targeted Lectors/ students with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Ensures accessible education with barrier-free constructions at universities

FACTS & FIGURES

  • 2010: 19 beneficiary Universities, 1.000.000 EUR by Fundación ONCE
  • 2011: 30 beneficiary Universities, 925.000 EUR by Fundación ONCE, Ministry of Culture and Education: 561.332 EUR of investment
  • 2013: 16 beneficiary Universities (libraries and colleges). 500.000 EUR by Fundación ONCE, Universities: 284.690 EUR of investment

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Studying has been very difficult for persons with disabilities because of several barriers. To guarantee fundamental rights, such as non-discrimination in education, Spanish Universities were supported to improve accessibility.

PROJECT

The project is a cooperation of the Fundación ONCE, the Ministry of Culture & Education and preselected Universities to make education accessible for all persons. Fundación ONCE supported Universities with about 2.500.000 EUR to provide accessible standards. With this money rooms, toilets and entrances were made barrier-free, additional elevators were installed.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

Framework agreements with a year’s time duration were signed between Fundación ONCE, Ministry of Culture & Education and preselected Universities in 2010. During this period the Universities improved accessibility. For example at the University of Alicante tactile guide maps with routes to different meeting rooms were installed. The maps contain letters and characters in contrasted colours and text in Braille. The agreements of 2011 and 2013 are still in process.  The main issue for future actions is to increase the budget resources from the Ministry for barrier-free building to carry on with the development of new agreements.

Barrier-free access to Universities in Spain

Residence Hall “Saint Isidoro” before and after

© Fundación ONCE

CONTACT

Jesús HERNÁNDEZ GALÁN
Foundación ONCE
C/Sebastián Herrera 15, 28012 Madrid
+34-91 506 8873
www.fundaciononce.es
jhernandez@fundaciononce.es

Nominated by Foundación ONCE