Assessment of the accessibility legislation in Spain and its effective application

Jesús Hernández-Galán, Yolanda Maria De la Fuente Robles

Abstract


The existence of legislation on accessibility does not always imply it is enforced effectively. This article aims to answer the following question: Is the existence of accessibility legislation enough to make physical environments truly accessible?This study assesses the current Spanish legislation as well as any existing voluntary regulations in the country. This assessment is done chronologically, so as to show the historical evolution of the accessibility regulations in Spain.In order to determine whether accessibility legislation has been truly effectively enforced, the issue is studied as it affects Spanish municipalities with respect to urban planning, public buildings, public transportation and websites. The conclusion of this study is that the existence of accessibility legislation per se is not enough to ensure its practical application, and ultimately, to render physical environments, products and services accessible to the majority of the population regardless of their functional capabilities.

 


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legislation, accessibility, regulations, municipalities, urban planning, public buildings, public transportation, websites

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17411/jacces.v4i3.48

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