In the 21st Century, many regulations and requirements exist in each country in relation to improving accessibility and the removal of architectural or communication barriers so as to achieve an improved quality of life for all citizens, particularly the elderly and those with special needs.
However, even today, many professionals from the fields of architecture, engineering, design and construction apply accessibility criteria as a compulsory imposition of the rules, often only added "a posteriori" to the general criteria of the original design. This is done without comprehending the benefits these spaces, itineraries, items, services or products which we all use will provide if they are also accessible to people with reduced mobility or communication skills.
This postgraduate course is an opportunity to discover the fact that "accessibility is not only a requirement for people with disabilities, but also benefits all citizens." It seeks to address accessibility from the beginning of the project, in an inconspicuous way and at little or no cost once it is incorporated into the original design solutions. Achieving standardised solutions which are comfortable and safe is also important. Also, if necessary, technical help and new technologies can be incorporated in order to improve the comfort and quality of the services provided to the public.
The course is based on remote synchronous work sessions via a virtual platform on the Internet, which are both theoretical and practical in nature. These work sessions involve discussing the various types of material, as pre-defined in the programme. Case studies will be carried out, which will help to contextualize the concepts covered in each subject.
There is a social demand and a very large market demand for companies and professionals who respond to everyone's design needs.
This social and business reality suggests the need to open up new avenues of specialisation for professionals to develop both areas of knowledge, comprehensively collecting the different techniques and skills that make this union one of the activities with the most potential for jobs and development.
These professionals are located in a key sector for the future and carry out their activities in companies and public and private organizations with essential training to develop their activities. This is how the concept of the "accessibility consultant" arose.
The course is aimed at municipal officials, government departments, private companies and those responsible for occupational hazards, in which accessibility is a priority.
It is also aimed at technical professionals such as architects, engineers, interior designers, decorators, experts, academics, developers, builders, etc..
Health professionals: doctors, psychologists, nurses, physiotherapists, clinical assistants, prevention of occupational hazards staff, and so on.
Tourism professionals working in hotels, restaurants, customer service, travel agencies, tourism officers, human resource officers, etc.
Professionals from the social sector, such as NGOs and foundations, social workers, caregivers, etc.
Communication professionals: journalists, public relations staff, teachers, event management and organisation staff, marketing and advertising professionals, etc.
Independent professionals: lawyers, economists, business managers, ergonomists, estate managers, educators.
Ultimately the course is aimed at society as a whole.
Those enrolling will be graduates in:
- Interior design
- Health Sciences
- Education, etc.