The activity, co-organised by Fundación Vodafone Spain and the Autonomous Community of Madrid, took place on the 7th September and 46 volunteers took part.
The mobile app and website TUR4all went out into the streets of Madrid on the 7th September to hold its pilot event, organised by PREDIF (the Representative State Platform for People with Physical Disabilities), Fundación Vodafone (Vodafone Foundation) Spain and the Autonomous Community of Madrid.
The meeting point was the Sala Alcalá 31, where Coral Sanz Herranz, Deputy Managing Director of Tourism Promotion and Marketing for the Community of Madrid welcomed the group. Then, Mari Satur Torre, Director of Innovation at Fundación Vodafone Spain, presented the app and how it operates, and Tatiana Alemán, Technical Director of Universal Accessibility at PREDIF, explained how the activity would work and the allocation of areas across the city.
Around 40 volunteers from several organisations including PREDIF, Fundación Vodafone Spain, Plena Inclusión (Full Inclusion) Madrid, CERMI (the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities) Madrid, ONCE (National Organisation for the Blind) and Fundación TECSOS (TECSOS Foundation), visited various establishments in the centre of Madrid and collected information on their accessibility features, taking measurements and photographs. They then included that information on the TUR4all mobile app via a questionnaire.
The day ended with the volunteers returning to the meeting point where they reviewed and talked about the experience. There was also a discussion on possible improvements that could be made to the app.
PREDIF aims to achieve several goals through this event, which will be repeated under the name TUR4all Fiesta in the other regions where the organisation operates. The first is to raise awareness among shopkeepers and managers of restaurants, tourist and leisure establishments about the need for their premises and services to be accessible for everyone, in particular for people with disabilities. The second is to publicise the TUR4all app among public interest organisations in the disability sector and the general public, as well as to produce a surge in downloads of the app along with new information on tourist establishments all in one day, thanks to the group of participants.
You can take a look at what the experience was like in the video clip below.
PREDIF, the Representative State Platform for People with Physical Disabilities, is a nationwide public interest organisation that represents over 100,000 people with physical disabilities, implements programmes and promotes initiatives for them.