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SuperMAN - Supermarkets Meet Accessibility Needs
The word accessibility often means the elimination of architectural barriers. But accessibility is also something more. For this reason, the project SuperMAN was launched. This project deals with the topic of accessibility from the perspective of those who are affected by mental disability or by Alzheimer’s, or more in general by comprehension, communication, reading and space-and-time orientation disorders. SuperMAN stands for SUPERmarkets Meet Accessibility Needs. This project drew inspiration from an experience started in France in 2007 by Unapei (a national union of associations for parents and friends of people with mental disabilities) in cooperation with some E.Leclerc supermarkets.
SuperMAN aimed to promote and spread this experience also in Italy (in cooperation with CONAD supermarkets) and in Germany (in cooperation with Tegut supermarkets). In order to foster the concept of accessibility, within the framework of the SuperMAN project, the staff of some Italian and German supermarkets took part in a formative training which allowed them to offer an adequate welcome, support and assistance to clients with mental disabilities. An external counsellor has evaluated this experience using the pilot system Level 5 which certifies the acquired competences within the non-formal learning. At the end of the project, the supermarkets which took part in it received a symbol of accessibility, as a proof of their commitment to a more accessible society. SuperMAN was an experimental project in Italy and in Germany.
We hope that thanks to SuperMAN the model of accessibility will be adopted not only by other supermarkets, but also by public bodies like post offices, banks, public administrations, accommodation facilities, means of transport etc. both at a national and at a European level.
Beneficiaries of the project:
Workers, people with disability, health problems
CIA-CONAD (ITA), Landkreis Kassel and Bupnet (DE), Les Papillons Blancs (FR)