Accessible signage in the municipal stadium of Jerez
The sports facility in the Spanish city is now accessible to persons with autism and difficulties in understanding
- September 20, 2019 17:30
- Aseniya Dimitrova
Chapín Stadium in Jerez introduces “accessible” signage with pictograms for people with autism. It consists of an installation of 28 posters that indicate the location of the different facilities in the Municipal Chapín Stadium, with a visual language adapted to people with autism and difficulty in understanding. Such action places Chapín among the first stadiums in the country to incorporate inclusive language in the signalling of its different operating areas, as representatives of the Jerez Marathon have stated.
Through the 28 posters, people with autism manage to understand “what they cannot do with the usual language” says Rosa Moreno, coordinator of the Autism Accessibility Service Cádiz and responsible for the action. "The spaces are adapted so that people with autism can move autonomously and it also benefits those people who have difficulties in understanding like immigrants or older people."
This action reinforces the commitment of the local government of Jerez to inclusive sport. Soon it will be expanded to other municipal sports facilities and possibly in the crosswalks of large avenues and school environments. The Mayor of Jerez Mamen Sánchez has recalled the collaboration between the City Council and Autism Cádiz in the designation of a day with a regulated noise in the area of attractions at the last Horse Fair.
The project for the installation of a series of pictograms at the Chapín Municipal Stadium was initiated by the Adapted Athletics School of the Jerez Marathon and Cádiz Autism. “We saw the need to have these posters to improve the autonomy of autistic children and we talked to the City Council... It is not a luxury, it is necessary” said Rule Tristan, responsible for the Adapted Athletics School.
Work began in February and was finished just a few days ago.
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