ACcessibility network for TUrkish Greek Societies

A project of the “Promotion of the civil society dialogue between European Union and Turkey” Programme co-funded by the Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU) which has been established by the Memorandum of Understanding signed between EU Commission and Turkish Government


Project description

The main problem addressed through the ACTUS project was the lack of accessibility for people with disabilities and people with restricted mobility in general in the transport chain and the educational process at University environments. Final beneficiaries of the project included people with disabilities, people with restricted mobility, professors, university staff and students, engineers and the general public. Professors and staff of the two universities had the chance to exchange experiences on accessibility issues from their local perspectives. Students had the chance to attend meetings and seminars which informed them on the merits of universal design. Practitioners (urban planners, environmental designers, engineers) in Greece and Turkey had the chance to learn more about universal design, how to overcome design obstacles; examine the current situation on international and regional level. People with disabilities themselves benefited from the project as, through its actions, it raised awareness on accessibility issues and tackled some of the everyday constrains faced by them through the assessment of the accessibility of a part of Mersin and Thessaloniki.


  • D1: Identification of “tasks” and “needs” of people with disabilities in education
  • D2: A methodology for the assessment of accessibility offered by academic institutions
  • D3: Identification of good practice examples concerning accessibility of University Campus environments
  • D4: Evaluation of the accessibility of Mersin University and AUTh University Campuses
  • D5: Various seminars and workshops examining several aspects of accessibility, both in Greece and Turkey
  • D6: Examination of the evolution of the accessibility culture during the several distinct historical periods of Modern Greece and Turkey
  • D7: Examination of accessibility legislation in Greece and Turkey
  • D8: Presentation of international good practices concerning city accessibility
  • D9: Evaluation of the accessibility of the Cities of Mersin and Thessaloniki
  • D10: During the whole course of the ACTUS project various dissemination activities took place and special dissemination material was produced
  • D11: Creation of a Guidebook (D11) concerning the good practices to follow and the delineation of the appropriate route for creating, in a visible future, an accessible University environment and educational process

Project Partners

  • AUTh: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • MeU: Mersin University (Turkey)


1. ACTUS Guidebook