These days, societies are not considered modern unless all people have the same rights and opportunities, regardless of their physical, sensorial, perceptive or intellectual status.
For this reason, Andorra la Vella, a modern capital that focusses largely on tourism, wants to do as the other parishes in Andorra have done and encourage inclusive tourism, to offer groups with various disabilities a more comprehensive experience of its local attractions. It does this electronically, reaching personal mobile devices through the apps Parl’App and Blind Explorer.
The Parl’App project consists of panels located at different sites, such as sculptures, viewpoints or monuments. The panels contain a QR code that can be scanned and enables access to information in sign language or spoken in Catalan, Spanish, French and English. The panels also include information in Braille and are set at a suitable height for people with reduced mobility.
The Parl’App QR codes can also be found at ecotourism viewpoints and on the “Nature on route” information boards, which have been updated and furnished with Braille information plates and raised images. These offer information about the landscape, plants and wildlife in the surrounding area.
For its part, Blind Explorer uses satellite navigation to create highly precise GPS routes, allowing people with visual disabilities to enjoy walking trails more independently. The 3D sounds and spoken instructions guide people in the right direction, and they can also choose which type of sounds they prefer.