Executive of the project: Association Lviv Tourist Board.
Project partners: NGO "Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities"; Museum of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytskyi.
Geography of implementation: Lviv, Volyn, Zakarpattia, Rivne regions, in particular the communities of the cities: Lviv, Zolochiv, Lutsk, Uzhhorod, Rivne.
Project implementation period: from October 17, 2022 to June 17, 2023.
The project «Barrier-free society - as an element of mutual respect between people and the key to community development» was implemented by Association Lviv Tourist Board and became possible thanks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the generous support of the American people through USAID Project «HOVERLA». The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
The goal of the project is: improving the conditions of inclusiveness and barrier-free environment of cultural and historical heritage and other tourist objects of the western region of Ukraine, with the possibility of reproduction throughout the territory of Ukraine, which will contribute to equal accessibility and attractiveness of services in the spheres of culture and tourism for the entire population and at the same time create opportunities for economic recovery and growth at the local level.
As part of its implementation, the following will be carried out: An audit of the accessibility of tourist facilities, programs, and plans for the creation of inclusive spaces at the level of regions and communities will be analyzed, and relevant recommendations will be developed to improve accessibility. The Association Lviv Tourist Board will also create a map of cultural-historical, touristic objects of the target areas with information about their inclusiveness and an inclusive touristic and cultural guide for people with visual impairments. Also, a pilot creation (following the example of the Museum of Metropolitan Andrii Sheptytskyi) of an inclusive creative space with a universal design for people with disabilities and groups with reduced mobility will be implemented.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the ability to use access to monuments and objects of cultural significance is a collective human right. Ukraine joined the Convention in 2010, but the problem of accessibility of cultural heritage for persons with disabilities in the country has not been adequately resolved.
“In the Western region of Ukraine, more than 4,500 buildings dating from the 12th-20th centuries are subject to protection. They make up to 30% of all monuments located on the territory of Ukraine. However, the region’s main problem remains the inaccessibility of monuments of architectural heritage both for residents and tourists with disabilities or people with reduced mobility. As part of the implementation of the project, we will work to ensure that the tourist infrastructure meets the technical requirements of barrier-free access,” - Andrii Matselyukh, director of the Lviv Tourism Development Association.