CulturePolis as a partner of the OHAS project, ERASMUS +, hosted the 3rd Partners Meeting on 9-10 October 2019 in Corfu. The project aims to facilitate people with disabilities by allowing them access to the most friendly and equipped cultural heritage sites such as archaeological sites, galleries, museums and more. while also focusing on educating people working in cultural settings who come in contact with and interact with people with disabilities.
The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Corfu Regional Unity (former Prefecture) whom we thank for their contribution to the successful completion of this meeting. During the meeting we discussed the activities of the last few months, while key issues related to the future actions and deliverables of the project were resolved. The next milestone in the project is the 4th Partners Meeting in Pleven, Bulgaria, which will also include the 2nd training seminars for cultural executives, completing the initial training held in Perugia, Italy in July 2019. Finally ideas were discussed to further disseminate project results and plan new collaborations in the future to ensure the sustainability of the project.
On the first day the Deputy Mayor of Social Policy Mr. Andreas Skopouras briefed the partners on the actions of the Municipality of Corfu on accessibility issues and led them on a tour of some of the mapped wheelchair-friendly routes located within the old town of Corfu (UNESCO monument). The meeting was welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of the European Programs and Digital Governance, Mrs. Panagiota Janne, the Prefecture Advisor on Accessibility Issues Mr. George Spanos and the Secretary Magda Kokkalis of the Corfu Association of Corfu – see picture.
All partners have experienced the problems that an human being is called to face with motor and other problems and have recognized Corfu’s international leadership at international level.
On the 2nd day two visits were made: a) to the archaeological site of the Old Fortress with an excellent tour of the archaeologist Mrs. A. Roditis of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Corfu and greeted the partners by Mr. S. Zoumboulidis, President of the Society of the Disabled People of Corfu; and b) at the Museum of Asian Art with the aim of identifying good accessibility practices and acquainting partners with the history of Corfu.
We would like to thank in particular those who supported us in completing this successful and fruitful meeting and look forward to the harmonious continuation and completion of the project in 2020.