me for accessibility "ELSA". Final report of the working group

Esteettoman liikkumisen tutkimus- ja kehittamisohjelma ELSA. Ohjausryhman loppuraportti

ELSA is a three-year (2003-2006) research and development programme involving several government ministries and non-governmental organizations. It was launched in 2003 to support the implementation of the accessibility strategy of Ministry of Transport and Communications. The task of the working group was to increase awareness in the municipal sector and among transport service providers, authorities and the public about the importance of accessibility and to activate research in general, to launch and monitor R&D projects as well as organise seminars and educational events and to report about project results. The ELSA programme has funded 30 R&D projects, three academic master's theses and educational material for the personnel and planners of public transport. The programme also included coordinating a network of Accessible Municipalities as well as organising several educational events and seminars. Project workers, members of the guidance group and the ELSA coordinator also wrote articles about R&D project results. The ELSA programme had many kinds of effects of various sizes. The programme contributed to both the strategic and programme levels and produced new guidelines, planning methods, services and products for practical planning and construction and customer service. Also other actions in 2003 -2006 mentioned in the accessibility action programme of the Ministry of Transport and Communications have been evaluated in this report. The ELSA working group states as a conclusion that enhancing accessibility is an important focus area for increasing equality. Altering existing working methods is important in enhancing accessibility, and this should be influenced both through education and information as well as obligations and financial incentives. This report may be found at


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  • Accession Number: 01043672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • ISBN: 952-201-823-6
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 8:07AM