Accessibility, Equity, and Health Safety for all Persons despite COVID-19 and after it

September 5, 2020 6:00 - 7:30


Trieste ESOF 2020 aims to launch a new integrated strategy in collaboration with regional, national, and international partners, to:

  • Support and disseminate “EUROPEAN DISABILITY STRATEGY 2020-2030”.
  • Study and deal with fundamental issues for the development of a better society and a world more accessible to all people.
  • Facilitate the Scientific Committee of "Accessibility for all" to concentrate its activities, together with the 17 SDGs (United Nations), on the following objectives:
    1. Good Health and Wellbeing;
    2. The innovation of Industries and Infrastructures;
    3. Reduction of inequality;
    4. Sustainable Cities and communities;
    5. Partnerships for the Goals.
  • Correctly address what has been learned during the dramatic experience of COVID-19 to improve the health organization as a whole and restore the full operational capacity of local services, especially in support of people with disabilities.

The Scientific Committee proposes to elaborate the results of digital transformations and to govern the changes that follow in the health and wellbeing sectors, for the benefit of people. Policies that prove useful against physically and mentally disabling diseases should also be shared at the political level.

Another objective is to sensitize people and local administrators on the need to break down architectural barriers, also through the optimal use of innovative technologies. These innovations should be available for disabled people and for everyone in places of care, where health services are carried out and even in living and working environments.
Starting in February 2020, the need to limit the movement of people and the observance of indications to reduce the infection has caused unspeakable obstacles to people with disabilities. This is not only for the reduction of health services, but also for the blocking of rehabilitation activities with the loss of the results achieved and the lack of socialization opportunities. Also, the family members suffered from the long absence of support for the daily assistance activities whose burden they had to undergo totally, in a period of unpredictable work difficulties.

Panel items:

  1. Critical analysis of international organizations papers regarding address and positioning documents aiming to indicate the best use of technology to facilitate the mobility of disabled people and to protect the equity of access to services and opportunities;
  2. Comparison among the declared intentions at the international level regarding accessibilities guarantees and difficulties which obstacle, in reality, the realization in services and resources more available by disabled people;
  3. Mapping most common technologies to simplify accessibility for disabled people and to analyze main research lines and other developments and scientific achievements;
  4. Environmental context analysis and governance global actions to develop national Welfare system towards ICT effective actions;
  5. Disseminating and enforcing “Universal design” and “Global planning” at the political and technical integrated level;

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