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Jurmala to feature a beach for the blind

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Аuthor: Edijs Pālens/LETAA project has been initiated to make another Latvian beach accessible for blind people. Now there will be two beaches – one in Liepaja and another in Jurmala.

It will be located in Kauguri. Its public opening is scheduled for May 18, as reported by the organizers of the initiative – Es Redzu (I see) public organization.

“This idea appeared because blind people should spend more time outside of the four walls”, – manager of Es Redzu and president of the Baltic Architectural Centre Aivija Barda explains.

The project has been coordinated with the Jurmala City Council. The author of the idea is Laima Grobina, manager of Jurmala’s office of welfare.

The necessary funding has been allotted. 1 300 LVL have been provided for the purchase of two tandem bicycles, balls equipped with a squeaking device, chess and other entertainment activities, “so that the people would have something to do”. The beach will be fitted with squeaky buoys in the sea. Blind people will also be given special bracelets that will detect a person’s location away from the beach. The special buoys are to be supplied by Riga Technical University. This will reduce supply cost by at least three times.

Police officers and rescuers will be in charge of maintaining peace and safety. Kauguri seems a more appropriate location for this, because the Society of the blind is located there, as well as the rescue station.

The beach for the blind in Kauguri will be publicly opened on May 18, the Paralympics Day. The Blind Sports Union is also involved in this project. Universities and schools have expressed interest in participating.

Students of architectural faculties have been called to help with creating the image of the beach. They will be presenting their ideas on a specially organized contest. Experts from blind unions from France, Russia and Latvia will also participate. According to Aivija Barda, this will be an interesting project for young people as well, because “one thing is learning the theory, practice is entirely different”. The contest will be held as part of an international session. It will be organized by the Es Redzu organization and the EU “Youth Activity” program.

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