Inclusive sport-for-all is top topic of the first congress day – interview with Sir Philip Craven

“Inclusive design and accessibility: achievements and future tasks” -  the opening seminar of the 23rd IAKS Congress is dedicated to this topic and will be followed by the exclusive interview with Sir Philip Craven. President of the International Paralympic Committee.  The seminar will be presented by Apostolos Rigas, Head of Knowledge Management at the IPC. Mark Todd, Accessibility Consultant for the IPC and well known to many IAKS Congress visitors due to his continuous participation, will report with his lively attitude about the progression in inclusive design at the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games.

How to get from design to reality regarding accessibility with temporary event structures? Simone West has more than 15 years of experience related to inclusive design, teaches at the universities of Reading and Bedfordshire and will share her experiences as consultant for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012.

Mariano Bordas Mon, representative from the Catalonian Sports Council will show the invisible barriers in sport. The former hockey player for the Spanish national team knows that there are still many problems to be solved. In spite of regulations there are still invisible barriers because of the tension between globalism and diversity.

To complete this afternoon IPC President since 2001 Sir Philip Craven will present his point of view on the role of urban design and architecture for the paralympic movement.