27 October Oct 2015 1639 3 years ago

Mobility Center after Expo: a project of social innovation for the future

The project continues in Cascina Triulza, Milan and Genoa

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Presented in Cascina Triulza the project about the future of the Mobility Center: after the successful experience in Expo 2015, profit and non-profit organizations continue to work together for the accessibility of public places and large events such as fairs, ports, airports. This is Mobility Center Ltd., situated within the Lab-Hub for social innovation that will be the evolution of the Civil Society Pavilion after Expo 2015.

Since the beginning, Fondazione Triulza worked with the associations that deal with disabilities, Expo and other public institutions, including the Province of Milan and the Municipality of Milan, to make Cascina Triulza and the entire exhibition site accessible and useful to all.

During Expo the Civil Society Pavilion have been launched and hosted the information desk ExpoFacile and the Mobility Center: rental service of electric scooters and manual wheelchairs through which over 15,000 older people with disabilities or with limited mobility could not only to visit but to actively participate in the event. At first only 30 small scooters, 3 medium (for people over 120 kg) and 10 tandem, as a result of popular demand the service has expanded to 75 electric scooters in total, including 25 small, six medium and 5 tandem. And the management of the service made it possible to give employment to a total of 15 people including the disabled, women, young people and people over 50.

"It's a wealth of tools and experience that should not be lost but rather improved. For this reason Fondazione Triulza, through the associations that deal with disability and accessibility, continues to work with the team of companies that has created Mobility Centre Srl, which after the Expo will be located in Cascina Triulza, to work on good practices and innovative products that can offer all the accessibility to major events and public places - says Sergio Silvotti, President of Fondazione Triulza -Spread a real culture of accessibility and work through concrete actions is one of our objectives and we believe that we can achieve through the model of effective collaboration and active between profit and non-profit organizations that we experienced in Expo 2015 and that many civil society organizations put into practice every day, confirming the value for social innovation ".

The Mobility Center was born thanks to the meeting and the partnership between companies working for years in the field of technology for accessibility.

"We will work to extend the service to other areas: In addition to the exhibitions, as well as ports, airports and tourism facilities in general. And we will do so through a new synergy and partnership with companies, public institutions and territorial partners in the world of the third sector - explains Alessandro Martelli, Director of Operations of the Mobility Center - Stay in Cascina Triulza allows us to continue to work closely with the civil society organizations. While on the corporate side we have the availability of partners such as Jacuzzi, Fiat Autonomy and Missaglia to cooperate with us to develop new products. And in the coming months we will start a trial of the service for 6 months Mobility Center in Terminal 1 of Malpensa, through a partnership with SEA ".

"Designing technological innovations and create new products that can solve problems of accessibility is one of our goals - addsAndrea Ferretti, Director of Marketing and Communication Mobility Center - products designed to be used by all, which extends out of the logic of AT medical and come to fully into the world of normality. Moving with a mobility scooter or swim in a tank equipped with an access door must not be seen as a limitation. We talk often, especially at the academic level, of 'design for all': our commitment is also to draw the normality of products and services without barriers and to overcome the barriers. "

Giulio Gallera, Councillor of Autonomy and Social Inclusion of the Lombardy Region, was unable to participate in the initiative but wanted to share with the organizers and participants a contribution on the legacy of the Expo in terms of mobility and accessibility to the city Milan and throughout Lombardy: "Expo allowed us to make a big step forward in this area, starting from the rail network: all trains purchased and entering into service are provided with special access platforms. They are completing the retrofitting of all stations of Ferrovie Nord, which, by next year, will be fully accessible to those with mobility problems. From 2013 to 2015, were made the raising of quays, the construction of subways, installation of lifts and the implementation of shelters. Furthermore - continues Gallera - was mapped the accessibility of means of transport and mobility, the exhibition grounds, hotels and restaurants in Milan and its hinterland and the main sites of historical, cultural and artistic center. And to accommodate all of this information was made the site Expofacile.it that in a few months recorded more than 128 thousand visitors. A real handbook that the end of the event will become Milanofacile.it and will continue to provide useful information to all people with disabilities and special needs who wish to visit Milan "