The goal is to find an accessible route in the city for people with reduced mobility. The Voghera Smart project, promoted by Anmic Pavia, financed by the Community Foundation of Pavia and supported by the Municipality of Voghera, started a few days ago with a simulation relating to sensory disability. The protagonists were the students of the Maserati institute, who experienced what it means to move without seeing anything around them. Blindfolded and equipped with a cane for the blind, the students tried to find their way around the school spaces.
«A strong experience, but very useful. – comment the boys – We were very impressed to realize what it means not to see: it took only a few minutes to understand what it means to have to do with an obstacle in every moment of life ».
After getting to know the world of the blind up close, the students will meet Lorenzo Pernetti, honorary judge of the Court of Pavia during the next appointment. With him they will discover the difficulties of those with walking problems.
“I am very happy that the children are having these experiences – comments the manager, Filippo Dezza – which are very important from the training and educational point of view and which will lead them to define an inclusive path in the city”. The project managers, Alessandro Greco of the University of Pavia, Paolo Colli and Andrea Piccolini, assisted by the teacher Enrico Sartori of Maserati and supported by the head teacher. During the initial lesson, the young people from Maserati met Egidio Garantini.
“The first meeting saw the presentation of all the mobility problems of the blind” explains Paolo Colli, designer and coordinator of the experience “with the presence of Egidio Carantini, president of the Italian Blind Union and of Fand (Federation of national associations of the disabled) section of Pavia ». “Private construction – adds Alessandro Greco, professor of technical architecture at the University of Pavia – public construction and accessible mobility in Italy, despite being constantly urged by associations that protect the rights of people with disabilities, have little done to remedy this deficit. Therefore it is important to train students, future technicians, to think about design according to the criteria of “design for all” ». –