Social participation of people with disabilities in cultural heritage is a necessity. The former has been formulated in a multitude of policies from international to local level being in line with the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy, the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan: Quality of life and full participation in society (2015).
The completion of projects for UCH and accessibility– as the SEASIDE- is in line with the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the UCH and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, where the access to cultural assets for the general public through an amount of different activities is mentioned as urgent;
SEASIDE project includes 6 partners (Backslash, A Rocca, Culturepolis-CP, Interfusion, AMPERSAND and Xenios Polis, XPCSA) from 5 countries (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Spain).
Project objectives refer to:
social and cultural inclusion
public participation and active action
in-depth knowledge of social norms
creation of activities for utilizing UCH as a cultural field-tool; which through the usage of state of the art technological means contributes to the quest of fundamental human rights for people with disabilities
achievement of European cohesion through active citizenship
The project addresses to representatives of cultural organisations such as museums, public authorities’ staff, the local communities’ members, NGOS etc.
a) enable representatives of cultural organisations and local community members to effectively contribute to the cohesion and accessibility of disabled people in society by following sustainable and innovative ways of UCH exploitation for educational and recreational purposes
b) highlight through relative actions the European common values, the historical background and the European cohesion
c) contextualize and capitalize the benefits of the UCH for the people with disabilities local communities, equipping them with knowledge and capacity for the appropriate and efficient exploitation in regards with social and cultural cohesion, recreation, lifelong learning and personal growth
d) deliver innovative training materials, digital tools and content methodologies to educators.
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