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Towards an Accessible Europe

  • Maria Panou
  • Evangelos Bekiaris
  • María García Robledo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)

Abstract

Mobility is a right that we all have. However, being able to travel by yourself, without the need of another person’s assistance, is not always the case with mobility-impaired (MI) users. The reason for this is the non-accessible environment, which prevents an MI person from moving around, using and changing transportation means, having access to the proper information (on timetables, routes, etc.). Nevertheless, there exist certain accessible points and transportation means available in most European countries, but the people mostly in need of them do not have the proper information about it. ASK-IT IP aims to eliminate these barriers, by offering information about accessible content (transportation means, points of interest, etc.), following a ‘design for all’ concept and taking advantage of both location-based and infomobility services.

Keywords

accessibility infomobility disability pilot sites mobility-impaired 

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References

  1. 1.
    Gill, J.M.: Smart Cards: Accessibility and Social Inclusion. National Smart Card Project, March, 37 (2004), Also at http://www.tiresias.org/reports/national_smart_card_project.htm
  2. 2.
    Panou M., et al.: KATHENAS Deliverable Accessibility assessment of public buildings, public buildings and rest infrastructure of the city of Athens, for disabled persons (2000) Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Bekiaris, et al.: ASK-IT Deliverable 4.1.1 ASK-IT pilot sites selection and profile(November 2006)Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Panou
    • 1
  • Evangelos Bekiaris
    • 1
  • María García Robledo
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – Hellenic Institute of Transport (CERTH/HIT), L. Posidonos 17, 17455 AthensGreece
  2. 2.SIEMENS, S.A., Ronda de Europa, 5 - B 3, 28760 Tres Cantos, MadridSpain

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