Regional Government in Spain Signs Agreement to Promote Universal Accessibility in Cultural Spaces

Built Environment, Europe, Universal Design, June 10 2020

SPAIN: The Extremadura Regional Government has signed a new agreement with the CB Foundation , the Caja de Extremadura Foundation , the Extremadura Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Fempex) and the Association for the Care and Social Integration of People with Physical Disabilities in Extremadura (Apamex), with the aim of promoting universal accessibility in cultural spaces.

Person signing a document on a table.

José María Vergeles signs the agreement. Photo: Extremadura Regional Government

The agreement has been signed by the Second Vice President and Minister of Health and Social Services, José María Vergeles; the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Nuria Flores; the president of Fundación CB, Emilio Vázquez; the general director of the Caja Extremadura Foundation, Antonio Franco; the president of the Fempex, Francisco Buenavista; and the president of Apamex, Jesús Gumiel.

This agreement aims to continue with the installation of magnetic loops in theaters, houses and cultural centers or auditoriums, in a clear commitment to equal opportunities and universal accessibility through the elimination of communication barriers.

In addition, it is a continuation of what was agreed in a similar one signed in 2017, although it will have a greater impact on populations with fewer inhabitants, in a process of greater integration of the rural world. So far 14 cultural spaces have installed magnetic loops, and six other spaces have also installed this device, either at the municipal initiative or by the Extremadura Regional Government, outside the agreement.

Extremadura is at the head of the country in universal accessibility through these devices. The magnetic or magnetic induction loop is a sound system that transforms the audio signal so that it can be picked up by people with a hearing aid or cochlear implant, thus creating an adequate magnetic field so that the sound reaches the viewer’s apparatus clearly and perfect.

The new agreement contains actions to be carried out for a year, renewable, which will be managed by Apamex, through the Technical Accessibility Office of Extremadura (Otaex) and coordinated by the Departments of Health and Social Services and Culture, Tourism and Sports and the Fempex.

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