Thursday , 4 March 2021

Sweden's programme for the full accessibility of the athletes

The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Sweden is teaming up with elevator and escalator manufacturer KONE to tackle issues of accessibility in the country, particularly in sports facilities. There have been many shortcomings in accessibility at Swedish sports facilities, and a new survey showed that 60 per cent of respondents are not planning changes in the future. According a survey conducted by TNS Sifo, many facilities lack safe guidelines on how to work with accessibility issues.

Almost all sports facilities in Sweden indicate to have some sort of accessibility, but NPC Sweden and KONE believe more adjustments are needed. Only one of the three gymnasiums said they have made adjustments, such as wider lift cars to accommodate wheelchair users. One in five said they have a platform lift from the ground to the main floor to get into the building.

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