Other shortlisted practices 2014

Information about accessibility on a University Campus

The project a barrier-free campus was founded to improve the orientation and overview of accessibility of the University of Bremen for persons with physical disabilities. For example a floor plan of the compound was made and nearly entirely photo-documented. The results were put online, so users can inform themselves online about the local circumstances of accessibility.

“Projects like Campus Barrierefrei are important for the progress of inclusion.”

Udo LOHREIT
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Barrier-free Campus
Organisation:University of Bremen
Country
of origin
Germany
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with physical disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Project to improve the orientation and overview of accessibility on the grounds of the University

FACTS & FIGURES

  • the project was implemented in autumn 2012 by two student assistants
  • in one year there have been 53 buildings photo-documented, by using 900 pictures
  • the area of the project “Ariadne” in which barrier-free routes on the campus are planned by the program has the size extend of about 1,5 km²

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Because of the online maps and guidelines visitors with disabilities can plan their visit on the campus in advance and avoid obstacles on their way. The project provides information for non-locals and improves their orientation in the university.

PROJECT

The provided information is constantly updated and adapted. Also temporary problems (for example a lift failure) are immediately shown on the website. If users have any questions or requests, they can contact the responsible persons online. Through the project the awareness of the need of accessibility has increased. The online tool draws attention to the barriers, and encourages the University to remove them.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

Another new part of the project is “Ariadne”, in which a GIS-based online map provides information for their users and proposes barrier-free routes on the Campus. The development of Ariadne was started in April 2013 and will be published soon. In future the project will cooperate with the Institute for Geography at the University. Targets are for example the modification of the information for people with visual impairment.

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foto-documentation
(Picture: Benedikt Brütsch für Campus Barrierefrei)

CONTACT

Mr. Udo LOHREIT
Bibliothekstraße 1
28359 Bremen, Germany
+49 421 218-1
ulohreit@googlemail.com
www.unibremen.de/campus-barrierefrei

Nominated by: Interessengemeinschaft Handicap, Universität Bremen