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Tipps für Blinde und Menschen mit eingeschränkter Sehfähigkeit

Volunteer Petra Lange
NACHRUF Dirk Janczewski


Underground railway lift, Duisburg. Photo: djan

How am I going to get from A to B? For people with special needs this is not an easy question to answer even in this day and age – because, for them, an “accessible public transport infrastructure” is still the weakest link in the “service chain”. What’s the use of a completely barrier-free hotel or a venue equipped with all state-of-the-art accessibility technology, if handicapped people cannot get there by themselves – either because there are no kerb cuts or tactile guidance systems on the way to the bus stop, or because local buses or trams are insufficiently equipped for disabled people, or because the railway station has no lift, or because there are no taxis which can carry a power wheel-chair.

This list might be continued indefinitely. Considering the difficulties disabled people may face in the Cultural Metropolis Ruhr, it is necessary to show ways of how to cope in such cases.

The Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) for example has special offers for visitors who would like to experience the Cultural Metropolis Ruhr without a private car. Additionally there are offers for travellers with special needs at the Bahnhofsmissionen (railway missions). Under the heading "Kinderwagen, Gipsbein, Rollstuhl" ("buggies, plastercast, wheelchair") on this homepage visitors directly get to an information centre, where they can find details about a barrier-free journey. In order to facilitate the search this heading is divided up into the categories "public transport", "disabled parking spaces", "disabled toilets" and "shuttle service".