Accessibility Map launched

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In anticipation of the all–Russian celebration marking 1,000 days to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has announced the launch of an innovative 'Accessibility Map' project.

The main objective is to help people with a disability to find easily accessible locations where they can engage in Paralympic sports. The map will also provide them with information about the elements that help to create barrier–free environments in their local area, such as ramps, hand–rails and non–slip surfaces. The 1, 000 days to go before the Paralympic Games milestone is a traditional event marked by all Organising Committees and symbolises the transition to the final stage of the Games preparation process. Russia will welcome this important date on 11 June 2011. The day will be marked by numerous events and celebrations in Moscow, Sochi and a number of other cities around the country, including master classes hosted by Paralympic athletes, competitions for children and their parents with the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games mascots and sporting competitions and concerts. Everyone across Russia will have the chance to join the celebrations, setting a personal example of supporting the Paralympic values of courage, equality, determination and inspiration. The Accessibility Map project is unique, being the first Russian map of Paralympic sporting establishments and barrier–free facilities compiled from data that has been obtained from residences of numerous Russian cities. It will be a tool to help ensure that everyone can support the Paralympic Movement and help change society's attitude towards people with a disability in their country, allowing them to lead a full life, free from barriers or stereotyping.

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