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The first Urban Mobility Club for visually impaired to open in Bucharest

The first Urban Mobility Club-Senseability opens in Bucharest this autumn, and was set up to teach the visually impaired people to orient better with the help of the workshops of developing urban mobility and to learn about the Bucharest’s urban tissue structure through 10 tactile maps. The initiative belongs to the Association of the Alternative Methods of Social Insertion and is financed by Orange Foundation through the fund “The world through colour and sound” 2017 edition.

The Senseability’s goal is to increase the social insertion level among the visually impaired who are facing social isolation and who have a natural fear to explore the local urban environment, which is seldom aggressive and which provides no easy access.

The club invites members and supporters- visually impaired, but also experts on education, social services, architects, designers to take a blind step towards an inclusive Bucharest.

Bucharest is no such friendly to vulnerable groups. Although major steps have been taken on inserting the disabled people, the visually impaired are still far from living an independent life, with the main consequence being the extremely low number of those who manage to enter the labour market.afis CMU Senseability

The Urban Mobility Club-Senseability plans to implement an integrated system to develop abilities for an independent life by disseminating tools, both conventional and the ones based on new technologies and by encouraging the experience and knowledge exchange in a friendly environment.

So, until the summer of 2018, the Urban Mobility Club-Senseability will organize workshops to develop urban mobility and will make ten tactile maps about Bucharest and its most known areas, so that the visually impaired should be able to understand general notions about the structure of the urban tissue and to become independent when moving through the city.

To start from a common basis, the workshops will function as blind meetings, with the club trainers sharing their own personal examples by skilfully using other types of orientation marks. Next to them, specialists dedicated to the urban mobility will perform interactive urbanism and architecture workshops to enable social insertion.

The first workshops are scheduled from October to January, the access is free and is based on registrations at http://www.amais.ro/formular-inscriere-ateliere/ or at the phone number 0757.526.247.

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  • Alternative Mobility with Alexandru Cucu – November 4,5
  • Dog guides with Paul Pogorin – November 11
  • Technology: Android with Ștefan Moisei – November 18, 19
  • Urbanism with Iulian Canov and Anca Ștefănescu – November 25,26
  • Professional Mobility with Teodora Sârbu and Simona Filip – December 9,10
  • Lymphatic Drainage with Ovidiu Cucu – January 13,14
  • Architecture with Iris Popescu and Sabrina Ahmad – January 20,21

Workshops are hosted at La Firul Ierbii, 160 Splaiul Unirii, between 11:00 and 15:00. More details available at www.amais.ro.

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