Simon Prideaux requests the assistance of Rolling Rains Report readers. Note that, while his study is on accessiblity in EU member states, his interest extends to the impact beyond those states.
In other words, if you have a physical or visual disability and have ever traveled to Europe -- or NOT traveled to Europe because you heard it was inaccessible -- you are the just the person Leeds University wants to hear from.
Carpe Diem! This may be your only chance to impact EU policy on disability simply by being a (non)tourist.
Here at the Centre for Disability Studies in Leeds, we are conducting
EU research on access to the built environment. In particular, the report
aims to provide an understanding of the legislative and structural
manifestations of discrimination and disability in the context of the
built environment within specific member states of the EU and beyond.For the purposes of this report, the focus of the study is concerned
only with issues relating to physical or visual impairment or a
combination of the two.
Through comparisons of the policy implementations and recommendations
of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Italy and France with those from
Malta, one of the new member states, and the non-member countries of
Australia and United States, it is intended that the report will
provide the platform upon which an agenda of good practice can be formulated
and initiated. In this respect, a primary objective is to define the
parameters of what each country is doing in terms of making buildings
more accessible for disabled people and what is deemed to be
'reasonable' in terms of adjustments that are required to be made to
make this so. Finally we are investigating what enforcement procedures
(if any) have been set in place by the Member States concerned.
If you have any useful contacts or information on the subject please
contact Simon Prideaux at S.J.Prideaux@leeds.ac.uk or telephone