CulturePolis, the urban non-profit organization from Corfu, Greece, partner of the project OHAS – Opening Heritage and Archaeological Sites for people with special needs, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, successfully organized virtually, on the 3rd of June 2021, 18.30-20.00 (Greek time), the multiplier event entitled Accessibility and Culture, OHAS project, Erasmus + , following the directions provided in the project application form as well as the guidance provided by the lead partner of the project. For the accessibility of the event a sign language interpretation was foreseen for the whole duration of the event.
The meeting was inaugurated with a welcome note and opening remarks by the Founder & President of CulturePolis, Dr. Vasileios Laopodis, highlighting the need for projects related to the OHAS project which place accessibility at the centre of the social concerns.
In what followed, Mrs. Koutsi Dionisia, Project Manager of the OHAS project, presented all the necessary information related to OHAS project, such as its scope, objectives and deliverables.
In order to enrich the dialogue towards inclusive heritage cultural places, three renowned institutions were invited to participate in the multiplier event, presenting their role and goals towards inclusiveness. In particular,
- The Municipality of Central Corfu and the Diapontia Islands and specifically the Municipal of Welfare, Social Policy, Solidarity and Volunteering (Mr. Andreas Skoupouras),
- The Tactual Museum of Athens (Mrs. Kalliopi Gkika) and
- The European Network of Accessible Tourism (Mrs. Katerina Papamihail).
The meeting was concluded with a fruitful discussion between the participants, the organizers and the guest speakers, also opening the dialogue for inclusive planning and participation of people with disabilities.