ACCESSIBILITY OF PROTECTED AREAS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES - THE CASE OF THE NATIONAL MARINE PARK OF ALONNISOS-NORTHERN SPORADES, GREECE

Zoumbouli Nikoleta, Stefanos Paraskevopoulos

Abstract


In the present paper is studied an approach to accessibility for people with disabilities in Protected Areas, focusing on the area of information offered to visitors in the area of the National Marine Park of Alonissos-Northern Sporades (N.M.P.A.N.S.). At first accessible information material to the Information Center of the N.M.P.A.N.S. Management Body is examined. The findings and recommendations raised during the research process gave rise to the construction of information materials concerning the N.M.P.A.N.S. and react to the needs of people with visual impairments. Then, an evaluation of the material of the individuals surveyed and approved its suitability. The most informative material exhibits the Information Center of the Management Body, being an important means of visually impaired visitors. This action is a first step toward the realization of the difficult goal of accessibility for people with disabilities in N.M.P.A.N.S.

 

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