Accessibility: blind people publish shock calendar – Accessibility (7460)
Shock calendar for 2015 published by the Federation of the Blind. It puts in scene politicians and other personalities, in order to “wake up the consciences”. Its slogan: “Accessibility 2005-2015, we still do not see anything coming”!
The Federation of the Blind of France (FAF) made public on January 22, 2015, a shock calendar, putting in scene politicians and other personalities, with the aim to “wake up the consciences” whereas the objectives of accessibility fixed by the law handicap of 2005 are far from being fulfilled. We see in particular President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as well as UMP President Nicolas Sarkozy and the coach of the Bleus Didier Deschamps, wearing black glasses and white cane.
A birthday with a bitter taste
“Accessibility 2005-2015, we still see nothing coming,” says the calendar cover page, as we approach the 10th anniversary of the law disability of 11 February 2005. This law was particularly set the goal of making public places and accessible transport for people with disabilities within 10 years. But in view of the delay, the government has granted new deadlines ranging from three to nine years. The Federation of Blind and Visually Impaired People of France has been publishing a humorous calendar for the past five years to raise public awareness of low vision, which affects a total of some 2 million people, including approximately 80,000 blind people.
A lack of “political courage”
This year, she wanted to denounce a “clear lack of political courage and the renunciation of the promises” concerning the accessibility of public places, but also to question on the difficulties of access in the broad sense (education, culture, employment), explains- she. The personalities are usually sketched without this being a problem. Only the hijacked photo of PSG player Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2013 had aroused a strong reaction from the Paris club, which had not finally responded to his threats.
Freedom of expression
“To awaken sleeping consciences and sting this society anesthetized by fear and discouragement, it will certainly take much more than a calendar, according to the Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired in France” . But she also hopes “that this tool will inspire humor, dialogue and sharing, all of which we all badly need. These deliberately provocative images take on even more meaning in these days when freedom of expression has just been so brutally questioned. “
This calendar can be obtained against a donation to the FAF. It marks the beginning of a vast campaign that will lead throughout 2015, with the slogan “More than ever, citizenship, it looks us! “