Assuring the access to nature education and nature experience for impaired people
After three exciting years, our project "Nature without Barriers" is now reaching its end. However, this means that the work is just beginning in many places. In the course of this time, we have noticed that awareness of the issue of accessibility is growing, even if implementation often still falters. We are here to support you and all interested parties with our guides on barrier-free offers in nature - now also with concrete tips on how to reduce physical and communicative barriers. Read more in this newsletter. A barrier-free complete version of all four guides developed within the project is in progress and will soon be available at www.nature-without-barriers.eu/en/educational-material.
In these pandemic times, online communication is high on the agenda. A comparison of the accessibility of videoconferencing programmes has been published here (in German) by the Bundesfachstelle für Barrierefreiheit.
Despite the limitations, we managed to come together again as a team in Hungary at Lake Balaton, where the Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kaszewski, a nature enthusiast, presented his film . He told us in an interview what it takes to produce a "film for everyone". Krzysztof made his first barrier-free nature film in Poland in cooperation with the Nature without Barriers team.
In our knowledge pool, we will continue to compile new examples and information on barrier-free offers in nature for you. Keep checking our website www.nature-without-barriers.eu. We are very happy to receive your feedback on our project, as for us it goes on: together with the experts and interested parties we have won for the topic, we are working on new ideas and projects. We will be happy to keep you up to date on this via the "Nature without Barriers" website.
We say thank you and goodbye and hope you enjoy reading!
The project team "Nature without Barriers”
Guidelines for overcoming physical and communicative barriers in nature experience offers
Our last two guides deal with overcoming physical and communicative barriers in nature experience offers. They help to implement the measures and adaptations derived from the decision matrix (see the Guideline on self-determined nature experience). The guidelines provide concrete examples as well as valuable advice on how to implement/ensure safe and barrier-free movement and communication.
Discover versatile ways to reduce/overcome physical and communication barriers when working with people with disabilities. Use of audio guides, 3D materials, signage and simple language in nature experiences are other points that we addressed. We have compiled common technical terms in simple language.
One film for all: to perceive the worlds that cannot be seen - the worlds of the people around us.
Krzysztof Kaszewski, filmmaker, geologist and business psychologist by profession, interested in sociology. He works at Youth Culture Centre in Wrocław (Poland) as a filming teacher. Together with the "Nature without Barriers" project team, Krzysztof developed a nature film for everyone.
Click here for the accessible short film about the Dolina Baryczy Landscape Park (pl. Park Krajobrazowy Dolina Baryczy) on YouTube.