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Voting and participating in the electoral process
With its two regulations, Spain has introduced a voting procedure for blind electors as well as basic conditions of accessibility and non-discrimination for persons with disabilities to participate in elections and political life. This latter legislation is a broader policy framework aimed at improving the implementation of participatory rights.
Spanish Ministry of Home Affairs, Department on Electoral Cooperation, ROYAL DECREE 1612/2007 ON AN ACCESSIBLE VOTING PROCEDURE FOR PEOPLE WITH VISUAL DISABILITIES & ROYAL DECREE 422/2011 ON THE CONDITIONS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN POLITICAL AND ELECTORAL PROCESSES, Spain
Shoe-shops, barrier-free for all
In 2010 APSA started a partnership with Tempe Grupo Inditex to develop the for&from store, which is uniquely designed to provide universal accessibility for consumers with various disabilities. In addition, the shop provides special services, such as the use of sign language for people with a hearing impairment.
Tempe, for&from stores, Spain
DPO federation running a business sector-encouragement programme
COCEMFE encourages and supports companies to include people with disabilities among their relevant stakeholders as suppliers, customers, and competent professionals, and therefore to go beyond inclusive recruitment and CSR. Since 2018, 161 such agreements have been signed with companies.
COCEMFE - Spanish Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities, Making businesses Inclusive, Spain
#ASPACEnet improves the autonomy and social interaction of people with cerebral palsy through the development and deployment of innovative technological solutions and by undertaking the necessary adjustments to computers, phones and tablets.
#ASPACEnet was launched in 2011 as a project which joins ICT and persons with cerebral palsy via information and support. Beneficiaries are informed about existing products and services and receive training in the care centres. By 2013 more than 1,200 persons, 600 with cerebral palsy, had benefited from the innovations.
ASPACE Confederacion, Using ICT to empower persons with cerebral palsy, Spain
City metro passenger setting new standards of accessibility for all
Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona used the 2021 renewal of its vehicle fleet to improve the accessibility of its underground train service. Measures include wider automatic doors, acoustic warning lights, intercom located at an optimum height for wheelchair users, emergency handles, and colour contrast signage.
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Metro accessibility in Barcelona, Spain
Web/App identifying the location of parking spaces for people with disabilities
Park4Dis is a free EU-wide web/app that locates accessible parking spaces. Launched by the NGO Asociación de Personas con Movilidad Reducida from Spain, it is financed through subscriptions sold to municipalities, but also to tourist boards and shopping centres.
AsoPMR - Association of People with Reduced Mobility, Park4Dis, Spain
Labour integration in rural areas
The Siro Group is one of the largest industrial groups in the food sector in Spain. It has implemented an Integration Policy for people with disabilities in all workplaces that exceeds the legal framework. Specifically, it has 16 factories located in rural areas with 3,724 employees. 13% of the workforce are persons with disabilities.
Cerealto Siro Foods, Labour integration in rural areas, Spain
Controlling the computer with
Irisbond Primma is a system whereby a simple and intuitive interface allows users to access any Windows computer application accurately through eye movement. With just the use of their eyes, those who are disabled and have slurred speech can access the usual functions, such as surfing the Internet, writing texts, sending an email, etc.
Making e-mail communication accessible for persons with intellectual disabilities
Kolumba is an open source software that makes a Gmail account more accessible to persons with intellectual disabilities. Kolumba has three features that can be switched on and off on when needed: A Text and content simplifier (Simplext), a translation tool fort ext and pictrogram (Text2Picto) and a Text-to-speech feature.
Prodis Foundation, Kolumba software, Spain
A project to enable the safe and independent use of public bus transportation for persons with visual or hearing impairments, designed also to assist persons with all physical, mental or sensory conditions. A new information technology has been developed and mobile applications introduced.
Visual and acoustic information is provided both inside and outside the vehicle. The information panels at the bus stop include audio information that can be activated through a simple button or by activating Bluetooth on the mobile phone. A telephone service provides information about the time of arrival at each stop.
EMT - Municipal Transport Company Madrid, Visual and acoustic information on public buses, Spain