Accessibility Tools

We have a right to know!

Project Promoter: Fundacja Niepełnosprawność bez barier
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 27 904,77 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 01.10.2021-30.06.2022

The Disability Without Barriers Foundation supports people with disabilities in the Lodz Province. Our experience shows that existing anti-discrimination measures are not effective and do not fully meet the needs of people with disabilities. Every day we help those people in their contacts with institutions such as public offices, municipal social care centres, communal social care centres, courts and departments issuing disability certificates. One of the causes of institutional discrimination is a lack of knowledge of people with disabilities about their rights. Moreover, laws are unclear, regulations are illegible, and direct contacts with public institutions are very stressful for our charges. The aim of our project is to raise awareness in the society and among decision makers about the lack of access to understandable and practical information on the rights of people with disabilities. As part of the project we develop educational resources on disability case law and create a concept of sample communication. We take into consideration the form and language of the message, as well as communication channels adapted to the needs, skills and barriers of people with disabilities. The resources are evaluated by people with disabilities, employers, the Disabilities Ombudsman in Lodz, and officials, taking into account both factual accuracy and broadly understood accessibility. We cooperate with a linguists and a communication and marketing specialist to make sure that the materials do not contain any unnecessary jargon, incomprehensible wording, and they are friendly to use. Direct beneficiaries of the project are people with disabilities from the Lodz Province, but we address the project also to caregivers, representatives of local authorities and officials.