An Interactive Web Tool as a Social Innovation that Ensures Greater Efficiency in the Realization of the Rights of People with Disabilities to Barrier-free Access
Social Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 4, August 2013, Pages: 142-153
Received: Jul. 30, 2013; Published: Aug. 30, 2013
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Richard Sendi, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Boštjan Kerbler, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Guaranteeing people with disabilities full access to all aspects of life has, for decades, been accepted as a major global commitment. Notwithstanding the innumerable declarations and supporting legislation that have been adopted to this end, research and daily experiences show that people with disabilities continue to be inhibited, by various barriers, from fully participating in society. The recognition of this state of affairs prompted our search for a new solution that would facilitate greater efficiency in the realization of the rights of people with disabilities to barrier-free access. Such a solution is the interactive web tool we present in this paper. Created as the final result of a three-year research, the web tool is an instrument that enables the execution of concrete actions to remove concrete barriers, with the participation of the general public. On the basis of a review of the relevant literature, we also argue in the paper and provide supportive evidence, that the interactive web tool we developed is a ‘social innovation’. We conclude the article with the conviction that the creation of the interactive web tool is a giant step towards the gradual removal of barriers and eventual full inclusion into society of people with disabilities.
Keywords
People with Disabilities, Built-Environment Barriers, Communication Barriers, Barrier Free Access, Social Innovation, Interactive Web Tool
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Richard Sendi, Boštjan Kerbler, An Interactive Web Tool as a Social Innovation that Ensures Greater Efficiency in the Realization of the Rights of People with Disabilities to Barrier-free Access, Social Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2013, pp. 142-153. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20130204.11
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