What is “inclusion”?
Everyone is different and that’s normal
Inclusion is a hot topic at the moment. There aren’t many of us who haven’t heard this term before. But if you ask someone “What exactly does inclusion mean?” you’re often greeted with a shrug. To summarise it in one sentence: It means designing society in such a way that everyone can participate in everything – equally – irrespective of any individual prerequisites such as age, gender, place of birth or skills. That initially that sounds great, but reading it a second time one is inclined to think “But shouldn’t that go without saying?” Indeed it should, but unfortunately it doesn’t. Despite the agreement made at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006 and its applicability in Germany since 2009, the process of creating an inclusive society is progressing rather slowly. According to the study “Accessible Tourism for Everyone in Germany” (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs 2008) about 10 percent of the population believe that an accessible, unobstructed environment is absolutely vital, approximately 30 to 40 percent say it is necessary (this equates to around 25 million people) and for 100 percent convenient.
“Accessibility is not a costly luxury for a minority, but improved quality of life for everyone.” Christian Joachimi († 2010), former representative of people with disabilities and president of Bonn’s Disabled Persons Association.
Everyone profits from an inclusive society
What common sense suggests, scientific studies have confirmed: People who are valued and belong are more balanced, resilient and healthier people and therefore even live longer lives. The active participation of everyone is of great benefit to society; forgoing this is foolish. Consider the knowledge, talent and skills we would have to go without if someone was excluded from this participation, due to a disability.
What guides us?
Our contribution: tactile floor indicators
Our countless conversations with those affected, organisations and associations as well as representatives of commercial enterprises have taught us that there is a huge need for floor indicators. We are however also familiar with the concerns often raised. Above all questions about durability – i.e. the quality of the materials – and the costs. These two factors also played the key role for us throughout the entire development process. It has been our goal, right from the start, to offer the best product for the best price, therefore making it possible for more and more people to orientate themselves without issues. Our new tactile floor indicators “Odile®” fulfil the high quality standards applicable in Germany. Our manufacturing process makes the products affordable and at the same time new laying and adhesive techniques ensure that Odile® can be applied for both long and short term use.
We are making accessibility and inclusion affordable
The advantage of our new system is that it can be installed in buildings simply, cost-effectively and at any point in time.
Individually Tailored Solutions to Meet Your Needs
Our tactile guidance system is available is almost any colour. As a result it can be adapted to perfectly fit in with your corporate design and structural surroundings, whilst also fulfilling all the necessary requirements of DIN 32975 in relation to visibility.
Material with the Best Qualities
We manufacture our guidance system using the material Desmopan®. This is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) which is light, extremely robust, hard-wearing and colourfast. The material is UV-protected so that it can withstand extreme demands.
Of Good Use to Us All
Many people have difficulties orientating themselves in an unfamiliar environment. A tactile guidance system is not only of assistance to the blind and those with partial or impaired vision – it helps everyone – especially in situations whereby it is easy to lose your way. For this reason numerous international banks, universities and airports along with shopping centre and public transport operators are already using Desmopan® guidance systems. The advantages are clear: workflows are simplified and made more economic whilst simultaneously increasing customer satisfaction.
For Long-Term and Short-Term Use
The visual and tactile guidance system is predominantly designed for permanent use in buildings. Temporary use is also possible, e.g. for large events, congresses, trade fairs or other similar events. Thanks to our new adhesive and application methods, you can decide whether the guidance system should be installed permanently with durability in mind or whether it should be easily removable without leaving any residue, for example after an event.
Until now distance markings on the floor were used to be discreet on banks, in doctors’ surgeries, hospitals or on switches and automats. The use of a distance from 1,5 to 2m to the next person came as a rule with the pandamic. The rule was made to prevent infection – permanently in every sales and consulting situation.
Tape wears out
The marks made out of tape are often only usable for a short time and are increasingly hard to detect because of dirt and sole absorbation, which is a huge problem. Especially for people who are blind or visually impaired and also for old people with declining eyesight it is very hard or somethimes even impossible to see the marks. Correspondening to this is it hard for those people to correctly estimated the minimum distance. The conclusion is the use of tactile marks. They´re only 3mm high so they can perceived with the feet and shopping venture and at the same time they´re flat enough to not become a tripping hazard.
Since many years inclusion is developing and producing tactile marks which will help blind and visually impaired people with they’re orientation. Inclusion is a specialist for accessibility and so we’re giving a lot of solutions for companys to implement easy, fast and not expensive barriere free activities. Beyond the guiding stripe Fluxi there are also nubs and nub plates for attention panels that will warn users of danger spots such as stairs. Barrier-free measures like these have been stipulated for years in the DIN 18040 for barrier-free building.
Furthermore the tactile marks can also be used for an easy and consequent implement colored guided concept. For example you can coulour ways in green, waiting areas in yellow and restricted areas in red using the guiding line Fluxi.
Pros of tactile marks
Our tip: fluxi®
These elements can be customized, they’re available in fluxi and fluxi-R which differ by a different surface structure. While fluxi has a flat surface, fluxi-r has a grooved structure. Both variants are also made of the wear-resistant material Desmopan®.
Available in different colours and with and without corrugation.