A Tale of Three Cities Age Friendly Cities for Visually Impaired Persons

This report would not have been possible without the time and commitment given by older blind and partially sighted people living in Tullamore, Salzburg and Marseille. Participants in the focus groups were able to share their experiences of adapting to poor vision whilst endeavouring to continue accessing the communities in which they lived. 

Table of Contents 

Acknowledgements ................................................................................. 3 

Background ............................................................................................ 4 

Age Friendly Cities .................................................................................. 4 

A Partnership Project .............................................................................. 6 

The Three Cities ..................................................................................... 6 

Profile of Participants .............................................................................. 8 

World Health Organisation – Age Friendly Cities Guidelines ................... 9 

Feedback from the Focus Groups ......................................................... 10 

Barriers to access ............................................................................. 10 

Outdoor spaces and buildings ........................................................... 12 

Transport ........................................................................................... 13 

Social Participation ............................................................................ 15 

Information and communication ........................................................ 16 

Conclusions .......................................................................................... 17 

Next steps ............................................................................................. 19 

Appendix 1 - Make-up of the Focus Groups .......................................... 20 

Appendix 2 - Growth of Age-Related Sight Loss in Europe ................... 21 

Appendix 3 - Project Leaders ................................................................ 26 

Appendix 4 - Partnership Organisations ................................................ 29 

Appendix 5 - Partner Organisations in the Three Cities ........................ 32 

Date: 01/01/2010
Author: no author
Organization: European Blind Union and European Guide Dog Federation
Reference: http://www.euroblind.org/media/ebu-media/A-Tale-of-Three-Cities-%28web%29.pdf
Only for Members: No
Content type: Good practises
Tags: blindness, low vision, senior generation, technology, transport
Categories: Overall support