The Adecco Foundation renews its commitment to the course on Accessibility and the Postgraduate Degree in Accessibility and Design for All

28/11/17
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The Adecco Foundation and the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture have signed an agreement whereby the Adecco Foundation will support the course on Accessibility, a compulsory subject in year 3 of the Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, and the seventh edition of the Postgraduate Degree in Accessibility and Design for All, both of which are directed and coordinated by Enrique Rovira-Beleta.

The Adecco Foundation renews its commitment to the course on Accessibility and the Postgraduate Degree in Accessibility and Design for All

The agreement was signed on Friday 25 November by the Rector of UIC Barcelona, Dr Xavier Gil Mur, and Francesc Xavier Pérez Conesa, regional coordinator in Catalonia for the Adecco Foundation, whose main goal is to teach future professionals about the implementation of accessible architecture projects that help get people with disabilities into work.

With the course on Accessibility, students get a taste of what having a disability means by riding wheelchairs or walking with a cane, blindfold or ear plugs around the University Campus. This experience drives home and raises awareness about the importance of accessibility in the personal and professional development of people with disabilities. Course participants also analyse the current legislation and new trends, the design of urban space, buildings and homes and accessibility in transport, media and communications.

As part of the course's final project, students are required to perform an adaptation study of their home and/or a project from another course. They also have to complete individual tests/exercises about how the regulations on accessibility are implemented in terms of urban planning, public and private construction projects, means of transport and the relevant communications systems, with a view to making an assessment.

The online interactive version of the Postgraduate Degree in Accessibility and Design for All is the first formal academic initiative to take a global and cross-cutting approach to accessibility. Whereas accessibility requirements differ by country, this programme plays a vital role in making Design for All universal and versatile.

The programme combines theory and practice and its work sessions are virtual and interactive (online). As a result, students may follow it from anywhere in the world and the professors are based in various countries. This postgraduate degree is taught by recognised domestic and international professionals in a number of industry fields and Design for All, as well as representatives from organisations for people with disabilities and institutions that provide universal accessibility services.

The purpose of both the course on Accessibility and Postgraduate Degree in Accessibility and Design for All is to educate the technical personnel responsible for formulating, designing and building our cities and spaces and ensure that they incorporate the principles of accessibility not just as a regulatory obligation, but as part of the design concept, with a solid command of all necessary aspects, such that the implemented accessibility measures are unnoticeable.

Created in July 1999, the Adecco Foundation is the product of Adecco Group's Corporate Social Responsibility as a world leader in human resource management. Its main objective is the labour integration of people who due to individual characteristics have greater difficulty finding employment.