Cooperation of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens, for the equal accessibility of the Acropolis Archaeological Site by visually impaired visitors

Cooperation of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens, for the equal accessibility of the Acropolis Archaeological Site by visually impaired visitors

The Tactual Museum of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens, is implementing actions in order to make the Archaeological Site of the Acropolis accessible to blind or partially sighted visitors.

It is a holistic approach to the field of accessibility of people with vision loss to the sacred rock of the Acropolis, with multiple interventions and tools, totally adapted to the needs of the visitors, for their safe and as independent as possible tour of the site and their equal access to all relevant information. Some of the fields covered are the creation of special tactile route, the creation of a special scale model and mock-ups, signs and leaflets in Braille and enlarged letters, special applications for mobile phones with written and verbal descriptions of the exhibits, available through the website of EFAA, as well as special training of the staff in reception and management of visually impaired visitors.

The actions are ongoing and are evaluated per each implementation phase to ensure that the results will meet the high expectations for equal chances of access of the visually impaired people to the richness of our cultural heritage.

The project is being implemented with the funding of the Onassis Foundation, as part of its donation to the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

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