Skellefteå wins 2023 Access City Award for its outstanding efforts to become accessible to persons with disabilities

Today, the Swedish city of Skellefteå received the 2023 Access City Award in recognition of its long-term commitment and innovative approach to enhancing accessibility for persons with disabilities. Accessibility is included in all Skellefteå's plans, ensuring that public spaces such as playgrounds and streets are equipped with tactile information signs and ground heating, so as to ensure that snow and ice are not an impediment. The city's central park and nearby river area have tactile paths and maps, seating and an outdoor elevator. A SMS-service for blind and partially sighted persons provides information on road construction and potential obstacles across the city. Public buses are also fully accessible thanks to low floors, ramps, text screens and audio announcements. Skellefteå also offers training for young people with intellectual disabilities to explore technology and ways of working to help them lead an independent adult life.

RAPID, IP/22/7031, 21.11.2022
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