EMVISION Proposals to the city hall

EMVISION

Empowering Young Visually Impaired to Stand-Up for Inclusive Policy Reforms
project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

To: The City Hall and Local Council of Cluj-Napoca,

 

Babilon Travel NGO, having its headquarters in Cluj- Napoca, 15/64 Piata Cipariu, represented by Gabriel Nagy- CEO, is developing, between August 1, 2017- January 31 2018, the international project “Empowering Young Visually Impaired to Stand Up for Inclusive Policy Reforms” (EMVISION), having as partners:

  • City Hall of Cluj-Napoca Romania;
  • Department of Social and Medical Assistance Cluj Romania;
  • Polski Zwiazek Niewidomych (Association of the Blind Poland);
  • Youth of Europe Poland;
  • Autonomia e Descoberta Portugal;
  • Center for  Youth  Activism  CYA KRIK FYRO Macedonia;
  • LADO Cluj Romania;
  • Unique Projects Lithuania.

The project is financed by the European Union‘s Erasmus + Programme.

The main activity of the EMVISION Project took place between October 29 – November 5, 2017 and consisted in a transnational meeting for structural dialogue, held in Cluj-Napoca, gathering 37 young participants and decision makers, with or without disabilities, coming from five European countries: FYRO Macedonia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania.

During the activities and starting from concrete situations already existing in their countries of origin and among their local communities, the participants draw up specific proposals regarding the improvement of local policies on the inclusion of visually impaired / blind young people, in the local community of Cluj-Napoca, raising their level of mobility and, thus, facilitating their access chances to working places or entrepreneurial initiatives.

At the end of the activities, on November 3rd, at 11:30 a.m., these proposals were hand over to the representatives of the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Local Council, with the request that the above-mentioned institutions should consider them when working out future decisions, regulations or local projects involving the young blind / visually impaired people from Cluj-Napoca.

So far, while working on the project, we have identified the following elements that can be included in the

 

PROPOSALS

  1. Increasing accessibility to bus stops:
  2. Vocal announcements of in-coming buses, by adding this function to the already existing visual displaying system;
  3. Endowment of the means of public transportation with a Bluetooth beacon and developing a mobile phone application that would inform the blind people from the bus stops on all arrivals;
  4. Setting of tactile carpets; Establishing yellow tactile carpet zones / areas at bus stops, which should be positioned in a visible spot for the driver – designated for people with disabilities. Disabled people will be more visible for the bus driver who should stop next/ in from of the spot.
  5. Mark the edges of the bus stops with visible yellow marks and tactile surfaces.
  6. Raising awareness among the local community regarding the specific needs of the blind / visually impaired young people. In this respect, the Info Traffic Service from the bus stops could broadcast messages concerning the access of guide dogs both on the means of public transportation and in all public spaces (such as: institutions, hotels, restaurants, shops etc.), as well as the function of the yellow marked areas at the bus stops;
  7. Initiating a campaign for placing information stickers in various public places (bus stops, public institutions, buses, supermarkets), with messages referring to the rights of the disabled and the free access of their accompanying guide dogs (cf. Law no. 448/2006, Art. 64);
  8. Identifying means of making hyper- and supermarkets sensitive to the difficulties that the blind or visually impaired people face when reading price tags from the shelves. One possible solution could be the introducing of tactile price tags and using bigger printed characters, or offering a personal support person/ assistant throughout the shopping session.
  9. Making streets infrastructure more accessible by:
  10. Setting of tactile carpets more appropriately and widely, especially at the crossroads, zebra crossings and in-between the pedestrian and cycling lanes, like those already existing in the city;
  11. Increasing the number of acoustic traffic lights;
  12. Marking out working areas set in public places and replacing today’s plastic bands with stiff materials / bars that can easily be detected by the blind;
  13. Painting/ marking the edges of the first and last steps/ stairs in the city
  14. Making desks and other public service places more accessible by:
  15. Vocal announcements of the order numbers;
  16. The possibility of printing, at request, the invoices and other relevant documents both in regular Latin alphabet and in Braille;
  17. Consulting some institutions and organizations specialized in the field of young blind or visually impaired people, and their beneficiaries, when there is a plan for making some public areas more accessible (for example, the Romanian Blind People Association, Cluj-Napoca Subsidiary, the Special Psycho-Pedagogy Department from the Psychology Faculty or other various dedicated NGOs);
  18. A clearer definition of the terms: “spaces”, “buildings”, “public service places” (are the restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, stadiums etc. also included, according to Law 448/ 2006, Art. 5, Par.13?); Although it is not in local jurisdiction, it would be desirable to encourage its promoting on a higher level of authority;
  19. The City Hall should give license only to the taxi companies that provide special equipped cars for people with disabilities (for example, visually impaired people with guide dogs);
  20. Signing by the City Hall of specific agreements with service providers concerning the issues of guide dogs and the necessary facilities granted to the blind;
  21. A precise defining of the guide dogs status in Cluj-Napoca municipality area, taking into account that the Rules describing the dog ownership and the access of the blind people accompanied by dogs in our city contain references only to service dogs and none to guide dogs. In this context, the establishing of a monthly allowance for guide dogs food in Cluj-Napoca would be appropriate, based on the individual services plan described by Art.5 of the Law 448/2006.
  22. The Local Council and the City Hall should prevent through regulations that the advertisements should not interfere with the flashing traffic lights;
  23. Upgrade the bike rental system with tandem bikes;
  24. All-important buildings and monuments should have miniature replicas next to the originals, all on the same scales, accompanied by a description in Braille;
  25. In strategic places there should be informative tactile maps accompanied by a description both in regular and in Braille;
  26. The City Hall should eliminate all traffic signs and advertisement panels on the sidewalks that are lower than 2 meters.

 

 

Cluj-Napoca, 03 November 2017                               Asociația Babilon Travel

Gabriel Nagy

Code of good practices – Issued as part of the EMVISION trans-national structured dialogue meeting held in Cluj-Napoca

Code of good practices
Issued as part of the EMVISION trans-national structured dialogue meeting held in Cluj-Napoca
Project funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

“Empowering Young Visually Impaired to Stand-Up for Inclusive Policy Reforms” – EMVISION, is an Erasmus+, KA-3 project that took place in Cluj-Napoca between October 29 – November 5, 2017. 37 participants (visually impaired, non-visually impaired, and decision makers/experts) coming from 5 European countries have met and discussed current problems and challenges that VIPs (visual impaired people) face daily.

Widespread ignorance, fear and stereotypes cause people with visual impairment to be unfairly discriminated against society and in employment. As a result, they experience high unemployment levels and, in the workplace, often remain in low status jobs and earn lower than average remuneration. Additionally, there is a general lack of proper infrastructure, which prevents them to move easily across the city or to access public institutions/places. However, people with visual impairment can demonstrate their ability and contribute equally to the decisions, which concern their safety and wellbeing if their voices are heard and if their actions are visible.

Based on the recommendations of the white paper “A New Impetus for European Youth” (2001), which highlights the need to consult young people on policy fields that affect them directly, on the European Union Council Resolution (2005) initiative to develop a structured dialogue with young people and youth organizations, experts on youth issues and public decision makers, and the European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018) adopted in 2009 through the Council Resolution that recognize young people as key actors in society, the EMVISION project aimed to outline the importance to promote young people’s right to be involved and to participate in the elaboration of inclusive policy reforms through a structural dialogue involving decision-makers, young people and youth organizations.

The trans-national meeting held in Cluj-Napoca highlighted not only the importance of active participation on young people in the democratic life, but also the debates around the topic of visual impairment affecting youth, deepening therefore social responsibility, mutual respect and intercultural understanding. This process enabled them to be involved in the shaping of policies at local and hopefully, at national level, and encouraged continuous cooperation among youth representatives and decision-makers. The results of the consultations and discussions held in Cluj-Napoca are compiled in the present paper, for which the participants had the opportunity to work together, offer their input and present a joint message for other similar events.

This Code of good practices is in fact a guide for all the actors involved in implementing Erasmus+ structural dialogue projects and activities with/for/including VIPs, promoting equal opportunities, fair treatment, and key aspects to take into consideration for future similar actions. The Code is intended to help decision makers, organizers and participants understand their role in such international meetings and their contribution to amending decisions/regulations of the local council, creating therefore the necessary framework for increasing mobility of VIPs, the premise of a better social inclusion, labor market insertion and entrepreneurship initiative stimulations.
In this respect, the 37 participants to the trans-national meeting have stated the following recommendations:

1. Decision makers
• The role of the decision makers is very important for such events, for the amendments made and for the other participants. They are perceived as leaders and therefore, they need to prove their abilities to improve things or to have them changed. They need to be carefully selected and need to show involvement, determinations and initiative;
• Decision makers must take responsibility for the group members in all activities, they must show the participants motivation, such as “we need you to make good changes in our environment!”;
• Decision makers should be well-prepared while attending this kind of meetings, with information regarding the situation of the VIPs in different countries, with examples of good practices, with relevant statistics, legislation, policies etc. Also, they should prepare similar documents/materials which allow comparison and debates;
• More experts are needed as participants to such events in order to increase awareness regarding the needs that VIPs face;

2. Participants
• All participants are encouraged to be actively involved in all the activities of the project/meeting and give their best to come up with good and innovative ideas for the well-being of visually impaired;
• They are advised to get better informed about guiding VIPs, learn more about the obstacles that VIPs can come across and about the best ways to help them overcome these, learn more about moving with a visually impaired person;
• Participants should have at least average knowledge about English in order to be able to get involved in the discussions or activities;
• Participants need to know that it is not advisable to distract the guide dogs and it is good to always ask if they can pet the dogs;
• Participants must be open to gain new knowledge, experience, and fight against stereotypes and ignorance;
• Participants should be comfortable in sharing their knowledge to the others in order to identify the best solutions and ideas for improving the policies for VIPs;
• The opinions and experience of the VIPs from the group is very important since they might bring good insights over the aspects which need to be regulated/ improved/ changed;
• Clearly understand what it is behind the project and prepare well for it;
• Be open-minded, tolerant and committed to the activities.

3. Organizers
• All documents, regarding the project and activities should be sent to the participants in a MS Word format, which is compatible with the reading apps for VIPs, so that VIP can read them, easier. Moreover, the printed versions of the info packs which are given to the participants should have large fonts or Braille format;
• The organizers need to ensure that there are enough changes between the members of the working groups so that the interaction between participants can increase, and therefore, each young participant can meet the decision makers and come up with innovative and original ideas and solutions.
• The discussions with the working groups are more useful if there is used a clear frame so that everyone (participants and decision makers) can stick to the point and generate solutions to the issues affecting young people;
• Regular evaluation/reflection sessions are required, so that the participants and the decision-makers can give feedback during the project, allowing daily improvements for the process of discussion and consultation;
• The participants attending such projects should have different ages in order to create different ideas and activities. Therefore, it is advisable that the organizers encourage the selection of participants with different ages;
• Provide working materials printed in Braille and in large fonts;
• Not encourage the use of PowerPoint presentations;
• Ensure that microphones are used during official meetings;
• Provide many practical activities including VIPs;
• Organize more activities related to what it means to have visual impairment (discussing ideas, exploring the city blindfolded, eating in the dark etc.)
• Encourage participants to produce as much ready solutions, ideas, information to be implemented as possible;
• Create a network of organisations which share common aims regarding young VIPs;
• Make sure that all activities are inclusive for blind people;

Call for an EVS volunteer from Germany for a 12 months project!

CYA Krik issues a call for an EVS volunteer from Germany for a 12 months long term project “We all have different abilities”

For bureaucratic reasons we are looking for a German citizen, currently living in Germany, age 18-30.

Time frame: as soon as possible – for 1 year

Location: SKOPJE, MACEDONIA

Part I – General information
Name: Long term EVS 12 months „We all have different abilities“
Dates: as soon as possible – for 1 year
Funded by: Erasmus+

The hosting organization is Center for Youth Activism CYA KRIK.

Centre for youth activism KRIK is non-governmental, non-profit organization established by young people, led by young people and it works for and with young people. The translation of the word KRIK is SCREECH/OUTCRY and the inspiration for it came out of the vision of this organization, which is to be the voice of the youth that will be heard and will make changes and contributions in the society. KRIK strives to encourage greater youth participation, youth activism, encourage young people to be more included in the policy making process on local and national level. The target group that KRIK works with are all people (but mainly youth) who want to contribute and make changes in the field of ecology, critical thinking and communicative skills, as well as working for the well-being of the socially excluded groups from the society.
The mission of KRIK is empowerment of youth by motivating them for raising their voice and contributing in the society, as well as supporting youth work and youth workers by acting in different areas in order greater youth participation, youth activism and involvement in policy making process on local and national level.

KRIK FB: https://www.facebook.com/CYA.KRIK/?fref=ts
KRIK WEBPAGE: http://krik.org.mk/
Here you can check some pictures of what does the EVS volunteers usually do in Krik https://www.facebook.com/pg/CYA.KRIK/photos/?tab=album&album_id=995212997289810

Part II – Practical Information

o Skopje
Skopje is the capital and largest city of Republic of Macedonia. It is the country’s political, cultural, economic, and academic centre. Skopje is University City so there is a population of around 1 million citizen’s mostly young people during the academic year (September-June).
During the day there are interesting places to visit like mountain Vodno, Matka (where is an artificial lake and a dam), fortress Kale, Old bazaar (where is our office) etc. The night life is also good: pubs and discotheques with different styles and lots of festivals like Baskerfest, Beer Fest and Vine Fest, Movie and Drama Festival, poetry and more.
Except Skopje there are other cities which are worth to see, depend of what you like: ski centres are in Mavrovo, Tetovo, Kocani. Ohrid, Struga, Prespa and Dojran are cities with natural lakes. Ohrid and Bitola are full with historical values and churches. In Tetovo there is the biggest colourful mosque, and all other things and cities to explore.
The money currency is Macedonia Denar MKD, 1 euro = 61.35 MKD. City buses are cheap less than 50 cents. Weather in Skopje in summer is warm 30-40 degrees, and in winter is
0-10 degrees, so bring your warm clothes.

o Our office and the places where you will work
Our current office is located in the Municipality of Kisela Voda in the suburb Przino which is 1.5 km from the city centre. Address: Karadzica No.6. Our office is in a house. We have two offices for the Krik’s staff. From December 2016 we have youth center ’’Krikni’’ and there we organize our activities. Furthermore there is a cozy place which is specialized for the volunteers, with kitchen. You will be theree during the day for your language classes and helping us with online marketing and also planning the activities that you will deliver.
Your responsibilities for the project are:

o Helping with everyday work of KRIK office 
This means helping the staff with organizing events, administration, social media etc…

o At least one workshop per week
Our target group in general is young people. We have focus on young people with fewer opportunities. The target groups are young deaf people, young blind people, young people having Down syndrome and young people coming from rural areas. We also work with young people with typical development in primary and high schools. You can choose with which target group you feel most comfortable to work with and together with us you will plan the activities and the program you will deliver. During the workshops there will be someone from Krik that will provide you support in delivering the workshops.

o At least one event per week
Each week you will organize an interesting event for the target group (young people with fewer opportunities and young people with typical development). That could be non formal gathering and speaking about different subjects, parties, hiking in the mountains…. Whatever creative activities you can come out with that will aim to make safe place for the young people to hang out and learn from each other.

o Supporting and learning from the youth workers in the youth centre. 
We are expecting 4 volunteers to be present since September 2017. Among the regular activities, the volunteers in shifts of 2 people will be responsible for the activities in the youth centre (technical and logistical support for the youth workers and young people).

o Writing reports for the activities you deliver
Each week you will write short reports for the activities that you will deliver. All the time we will post it on fb page and sometimes on local media (on line news papers, radio etc.)
Part III – Financial conditions
We will pay for the apartment and for the bills and we will give you each month pocket money. You will buy your food and cook by yourself in the apartment. There is a kitchen in the apartment. Transport will be covered extra when is needed. We will provide you with bus tickets if is needed also. We will provide you phone cards with credit only for the beginning (you have to bring some phone who will accept Macedonian phone card), after that you will be responsible to recharge it. Travel costs to and from Macedonia are also covered.

Part IV – Contact details
Krik e-mail: infokrikcenter@gmail.com
EVS Sending organisation:
Loesje e.V.
Karl-Kunger-Str. 55, 12435 Berlin
030-97882577
rola@loesje.org
Part V – Application procedure
If you think that this is an opportunity for you and would like to get more active in the activities of Krik for the next year apply by sending us your short motivational letter and your CV. The selected volunteers will be invited for Skype interview.

Send us the documents at infokrikcenter@gmail.com and in copy at rola@loesje.org.
If you need additional information about the EVS sending procedure, you can contact the office of Loesje e.V. in Berlin.

We are looking forward to your application!

Повик за учесници на новогодишни работилници!

Центар за младински активизам Цма Крик организира новогодишни работилници во соработка со повеќе училишта и институции. На работилниците ќе се изработуваат новогодишни украси од глина. На крајот од секоја работилница ќе се одржи лотарија на која секој ќе добие подарок – новогодишен украс.

Целта на работилниците е да се развие креативноста, да се стекнат нови вештини и да се развие моториката.

Тема: Инклузија на лица со попреченост со нивните врсници преку учество на новогодишни креативни работилници.

Работилниците се реализираат во 

  • ДУЦОР „Партенија Зографски“ – Скопје – 19ти декември 19:00ч
  • ДСУ за рехабилитација и образование „Св. Наум Охридски“ – Скопје – 20ти декември 18:30ч
  • Завод за рехабилитација на деца и младинци – Топанско поле – 26ти декември 16:00
  • Младински центар Крикни – Скопје – 27ми декември 18:00

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