Babilon Travel NGO has completed the project Terra Mirabilis: Tourist Tracks for Visually Impaired Young People, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, November 24, 2014.
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Babilon Travel NGO completed the project Terra Mirabilis, a local project that aims to create a tourist trail for the blind or visually impaired in the historical center of Cluj-Napoca.
The project started on April 2, 2014, with the signing of the contract concluded with the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca and officially ends on November 30, this year. The Terra Mirabilis project was written by Babilon Travel NGO together with an informal group of four young enthusiasts, including a blind and one with reduced social opportunities.
Project beneficiaries are young (or not so young) blind or visually impaired, from Romania and abroad, who wish to visit the city of Cluj-Napoca and to discover its historical, multicultural and multiethnic background.
In order to achieve this, the Terra Mirabilis project developed the material support to document the tourist trail and trained a group of volunteers to be able to safely accompany blind persons or groups, on this route.
The material support consists of travel guides, maps and promotional materials that allow a person or group of persons with visual disabilities, to travel safely on a route across the historical center of Cluj-Napoca, route encompassing most representative tourist attractions, monuments and places of worship, emphasizing the multicultural, multiethnic and European dimensions of the city. Material support, in Romanian and English, was created in formats suitable for people with visual disabilities, i.e. tourist guides printed with large fonts and audio guides. Also these materials are available in digital format (MP3 and PDF).
The Terra Mirabilis project is intended to lay the foundations for future national and international youth exchanges for blind or visually impaired and to support the programme “Cluj-Napoca: European Youth Capital 2015” and also the project “Cluj-Napoca: European Capital of Culture 2021”.
By completing the project we achieved the following objectives: (1) identify and document a tourist trail in the historical center of Cluj-Napoca together with the corresponding tourist attractions, monuments and places of worship; (2) create and train a group of 16 volunteers to safely guide visually impaired/blind young people on this route; (3) print the travel guides and promotional materials; (4) test the route together by a group of visually impaired young people.
The closing ceremony of the project Terra Mirabilis will take place on November 27, at 16:30 hours, at the Tailors Tower (Center for Urban Culture) and will start with a press conference, were we invite you dearly.
Terra Mirabilis project was supported by the City Hall and the City Council of Cluj-Napoca, through the Tourist Information Center of Cluj-Napoca.
Partners: Special School for Visually Impaired Cluj-Napoca, The Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, Blind People Association Romania, Center for Volunteers Cluj-Napoca.
Sponsor: Class Shoe Romania.