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People First Association in #pecsnyitva campaign

Would you like to come to Pécs on holiday? The Pécs open campaign of Pécs - which includes the People First Association - contributes to the development of post-epidemic tourism. We promote accessible tourism in the city with our  Barrier-free Pécs (EN) database and the Hidden City Tor-Tour.
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This is the Engine Room speaking!

Hello, this is the Gépház (Engine Room) speaking also on our site. Full steam ahead every Friday at 8:00 p.m! We're going to start a new thing again: from now on we're going to share with you the weekly program guides of the (Gépház) Engine Room radio show so that as many people as possible can follow the great show of our member Róbert Rauch and two colleagues. What's this show? Read more:
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The website and the Barrier-free Pécs database have been renewed

As a result of our own development, the website and the Barrier-free Pécs database became nicer, better, smarter. We have made many changes to make it even easier to find truly accessible locations in Pécs and its surroundings. Read the article on what has all been renewed:
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We are creating an Independent Living Centre in Pécs

We've been planning an international project for three years, and now it's coming to fruition! Can you imagine what that feels like? With the support of Aktion Mensch in Germany, we will create a community space in Pécs, which will act as the Independent Living Centre.
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Our own Youtube channel has started. Sign up!

We've launched our own YouTube channel! You can see short, exciting, attention-grabbing little films about us here, with us. Sign up, be a follower and like-old whichever you particularly like. We are also very happy with your comments. You can write what you want to see about us.
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The international project linking art and disability has been launched

With today's kick-off meeting, i.e. the distribution of tasks, our international Erasmus+ project called ARTcoWorkers has begun. Today's meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Erfurt, Germany, but the pandemic intervened here too, so the project partners met online for the first time from Germany, Hungary, Macedonia and the Netherlands.
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We finally got an answer from the Ombudsman

Last year on 31. July 2020. we send our complaint to tge Ombudsman. We indicated in it, that the practises of the institutions in Covid are very different. There are places where the elderly and disabled can be visited to this day, but in other places residents have to live locked for almost a year. The Ombudsman waited almost for the end of the third wave of Covid. But at least he answered. At length, in detail, politely, but.....
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We participated in the city Tourism Roundtable

We can represent and spread accessible tourism in the tourism palette of the city.
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Video from the Organising Committee of the Barrier-free Tourism Day

Here you can see a brief summary video of the organizing committee meeting. Informations about the V. Barrier-free Tourism Day. In the video we speak Hungarian.
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Personal income tax 1% offer in Hungary

This article describes an option available only in Hungary. People can donate 1% of personal income tax to NGOs. NgOs therefore campaign every year to raise as many 1% as possible. That's what we do. 🙂
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First meeting of the organising committee – supporters welcome

On the Day of Hungarian Parasport on 22.02.2021, the organizing committee held its first meeting at the Medvehagyma House in Orfű. However, we are looking forward to sponsors, as for the first time this year we do not see any application support for our niche and unique event! We are happy with ideas and help, let’s organize together!
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We held a general meeting, this time online

On the evening of 18. 02..2021, due to the Covid outbreak, we gathered and discussed our things in an unconventional way on Zoom. Our topics were the evaluation of the year 2020, the discussion of the 2021 plans, and then the questions, requests and ideas of membership. This year's plans include many exciting things, such as:
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We are updating the accessible locations of Pécs

Our sticker team is back at work, what does Covid matter to us! 🙂 Of course, we are only going to the locations that are accessible despite the epidemic. In the first round, we are updating the more than 60 locations in our Accessible Pécs database so that no one is surprised if you visit one of them. So far, however, we have only seen positive changes!
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Our ARTcoWORKers international project will start in April!

We've got a great news! Our international Erasmus+ application has won! We will start in April a very exciting project with four countries in cooperation between the cultural creative industry and people with disabilities. Read the short description of the project hier on our website in Projects menu in English.
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Continues exploring accessible locations

Work has started, with the money from the online community fundraiser event "Live Broadcast" on 10 December 2020. we have started the third year of the sticker project! This year, the now professional team undertook to........read on!
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The maintainer’s response to our letter on institutional closure

With the need for completeness - and because several of you have asked for it - we publish here the last piece of our correspondence on institutional closure of our members during the Covid epidemic, the answer of the maintainer, the Baptist Charity Centre in Budapest.
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Proposals for review of the Local Equality Programme has been accepted

The current review file was discussed in advance by three committees and it was noted in the feedback that a very important and high-quality professional material had been compiled, and several members of the local government expressed their thanks. This is a great achievement and makes us very happy to recognize its importance. Thank you, and based on this we look forward to working with the local gorvernment in the future.
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Our sticker project continues with community support!

We collected more than one million forints yesterday on 10th December 2020, at the online fundraising event "Live Broadcast" of the Pécs Community Foundation!! From the support we will continue and expand our Accessible Pécs database, which you can find here on our website. We are very grateful, it was an extraordinary experience to attend such an event, to experience the cohesiveness of Pécs,  feel the support, and help! In the meantime it has forged us, the People First team, into a real community that helps each other.
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3. December: World Disability Day. Check out our video flashmob!

Today is World Disability Day! On this occasion please welcome our attention-raising video. Click on the link in the news!
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We were at a conference in Berlin! – of course only online

Our association received an invitation from the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to a very professional online conference on effective political participation of people with disabilities in Europe. It's an exciting subject, isn't it? In fact the conference can be summed up with the following motto: democracy needs insulsion!
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Response to our complaint about the treatment of institutional closures

We received a surprisingly dismissive response to our letter complaining about the handling of cases of our peers in the second wave of Covid viruses. Unfortunately, the head of the institution in Pécs completely ignored the willingness of our letter to help, its desire for a common solution, and we received a rejection showing a complete lack of cooperation.  The law allows us to contact the maintainer if we disagree. Of course we disagree, because we cannot agree with the interpretation of epidemiological standards without empathy and humaneness, we will continue to strive for partnership and continue to help. This is what we have declared to the the maintenance organisation in our appeal  letter today, trusting in their understanding. We hope they recognize that we share common goals and continue to offer help.
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We had a conference with students

We are always very glad to be able to involve young people in our work and show them what the life is like as a disabled person. It's very good with them, they almost don't need to be sensitized,  for them the acceptance of differentness is absolutely natural.
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Letter of complaint to alleviate institutional closures

Some members of our association live in institutions because of their disabilities. The first wave of COVID has already put them in a very difficult situation by being completely isolated for three months, neither allowed to go out or receive visitors in any form.At the moment, in the second wave, they are forced to go through the same thing. We are today delivering official juice to the maintainers and managers of the institution concerned in Pécs, to which we expect a response within 15 days as a complaint.
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Make Pécs accessible! – support us

Hello, we're the sticker team! 🙂 For two years we have been going through the shops, hotels, restaurants, public institutions, tourist attractions, churches, tourist trails, public toilets of Pécs to discover and collect for you in a free database about what is really accessible. WE ARE LOOKING FOR SUPPORTERS TO CONTINUE OUR WORK!
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International Peer-AcT conference in Orfű

The midterm conference was organised on 04.09.2020 in Orfű/Hungary, and due the Corona-situation we also broadcasted it online.  5 countries participated in the conference on accessible tourism and the results of the Peer-AcT project so far.
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First review of the Local Equality Program Pécs 2018-2023

The purpose of the review is to update the data, analyse the situation, track the achievement of the objectives and deadlines, if necessary amendments.
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Workshop in Germany

We presented our Hidden City Tor-Tour to our German partners and we will be back in September with some members of the association to try it out in several cities in Germany
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Submission to the Ombudsman

We have previously reported that the People First Association is calling for an investigation into serious breaches of disability in the Covid-19 outbreak. It gives particular topicality to the submission, we are preparing for the second wave and that the institutions continue to have strange restrictive measures towards our members.
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We have trained peer-counselors in accessible tourism

Participants can work as consultants by tourism organisations, decision-makers, municipalities, tourist websites, or even expanding their existing job as consultants on accessible tourism.
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We’re doing the sticker project again!

Now that all our team members have been released from quarantine detention, we're back at full speed to the sticker project to explore the barrier-free locations of Pécs! You can read about this all the time on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PeopleFirstHun/ or more in the Accessibility Pécs menu on our website in English too: http://peoplefirst.hu/en/akadalymentes-pecs/ We are very happy with your comment, your opinion, your own experience!
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For the first time, an inclusive play in the IV. Barrier-Free Tourism Day!

With the help of members of our association an inclusive play will be realized on 5th of September on the IV. Barrier-free Tourism Day in Orfű!
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Started organizing the IV.Barrier-free Tourism Day!

The organising committee met on 29 of May 2020. and decided how to start organize again after the epidemic the IV. Barrier-free Tourism Day. We're going to announce that we plan to have the big day on 5th of September!
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Workshop on participating in accessible tourism

The first multiplication workshop of the international project that focuses on accessible tourism has been recently held for people living with disabilities in Pécs. Members of People First Association, a partner of Zöld-Aktív Szociális Szövetkezet, are actively helping the project with their expertise and personal experience; they participate in developing the  peer-mentor training, and pilot trainings for service providers in the tourist industry.  Members of the association are the prospective trainers.
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General meeting: what’s coming in 2020?

We evaluated the year 2019 and start 2020. Great ideas and plan have been made. It is good to see that more and more members are actively and enthusiastically involved in our local, national and international programmes. We promise it will always be exciting what we do! 
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Guidance training in accessible tourism

We would like to develop our "Hidden city barrier-free dowtown guidance" project as a city thematic tour, in co-operation with the city's tourism actors.
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We continue to explore the accessibility of Pécs!

We made niche database about the barrier-free places of Pécs! We will permanently update the site, considering new aspects. We wish to help the handicapped people, the baby car users, the elderly and the tourists visiting us with this. Follow the Barrier-free menu!
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A meeting with the mayoral candidates of Pécs

Our members had the opportunity to take part in a discussion with the mayoral and local government candidates of Pécs, concerning their strategy for social provisions if they are elected. All candidates welcomed the creation of a Disability Council.
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3th Barrier-free Tourism Day

On 7th of September Barrier-free Tourism Day in Orfű again! Read the details!
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WE HAVE WON!!!

We can continue our exploring project of barrier-free locations in Pécs.
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General meeting

We talked about job possibility, trainig abroad, our projects and plans....
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Dialogue with the local service providers

Today we took part in a realy forward-looking, constructive workshop with the local service providers in theme: improving the life situation of the local disabled people.
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WHY campaign 6th: WHY don’t you talk instead?

Don’t take the chance of disabled people to communicate, to share their opinions and to make responsible decisions! We can make huge differences towards equal opportunity with small things, such as address our message to the disabled person instead of their helpers.
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Best practices for the Disablity Council Pécs

The future Disability Council Pécs want to help the task of the Municipality Pécs in relation to the disabled population. Not criticize this job, but promote it.
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(Magyar) Rádióinterjú velünk, rólunk az akadálymentes turizmusról

(Magyar) A rádióinterjú linkje a bejegyzésben.
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WHY campaing 5th: WHY do disabled people use straws?

It might be strange that we support straws when every respectable restaurant is withdrawing those environment damaging tubes. Even though they are necessary for most disabled people so because of being barrier-free some cafés will have to keep some in their inventory – in an environment friendly form.
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Inclusive tourism instead of barrier-free tourism!

Full social inclusion, together with the able bodied persons, not segregated.
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WHY campaign 4: Why do people in wheelchairs go on the roads instead of the pavement?!

Able bodied people walk on them easily. They only get bothered by a wall-mounted car or by the pavement being torn up. The sidewalk for people in wheelchairs though is a real obstacle course!
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WHY campaign 3: WHY are the barrier-free hotel rooms different?

Because in wheelchair sitting we need a bit different accommodations. Maybe this all sounds like a lot but it's the only way we can travel. A barrier-free accommodation usually can be created with good intentions without a problem.
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5th May: European Day on Independent Living

European Parliament elections are coming. On this occasion, we will formulate messages for the candidates and members of the European Parliament. Join us, make your voice be heard, your opinion matters!
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WHY campaign 2: WHY are there blind guide lanes?

Another piece of our WHY? campaign: Have you ever seen “something” during your city walks, in public institutions  or somewhere else, that stands out on the floor and has a different colour? So this is the blind guide lane, that makes access easier for blind people.
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WHY campaign 1.: WHY is a disabled parking spot so wide?

Disability vehicles are often larger by design, as wheelchairs have to fit in them. The size of the front passenger door and how wide it can be opened is a crucial aspect, To get into the front passenger seat you need someone to help this requires lots of space, and when arriving in a van, a ramp needs to be attached either to the side or the back of the car for the disabled person to get out.
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New campaign – WHY?

We are about to launch a new campaign entitled 'WHY?' on Facebook and on our website. In our new campaign we will explain some basic facts concerning the lives of people living with disabilities, because these fact are very often not obvious to the general public. Take part in it, send us your ideas!
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(Magyar) 1%

(Magyar) Köszönjük, ha felajánlod számunkra adód 1%-át! 18027158-1-02
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You can also be an entrepreneur as disabled, why not?!

You don't have a huge amount of investment and other scary things to think about, you can be a partner so that you are the customer of the business or you have good ideas to add!
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Innovative co-operations for Independent Living in Hungary

Our goal to set up the system of Personal Assistance in Hungary has come to a very important stage. The Independent Living of persons with disabilities is what we invision in the long term future. Independent Living means that we can decide on the issues that affect our lives as disabled people and that we have access to all the supportive services that enable us to do so.
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The Hungarian strategy of independent living support is shaping well

We took part in a round table discussion yesterday in Budapest. The Theme was the support of the independent living of Hungarian disabled people, develop a Hungarian strategy.
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We will create the Pécs Disability Council!

We don't stop! End of last year established the Pécs Local Equal Opportunity Programme 2018-2023. The disability-related chapter is written by active local NGO-s. We are working to make our suggestions come true!
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We work with another high school in Pécs!

We signed a cooperation agreement with the Kodály Zoltán High School Pécs, so more high school students will work with us as community service.
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Another winning tender contract has been signed!

The Emberség Erejével Alapítvány (Human Power Foundation) announced the tender of Strengthening Civil Organisations 2019. as part of a program Open Society Foundations. 144 tenders were submitted to the reading committee in December 2018 and 64 of these were awarded to support in January 2019 - including the project of People First Association: “If there's no barrier, we're coming too! 🙂 “
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Conference about Personal Assistance in Hungary

"Our goal is to continue the establishment of the Hungarian network of user led PA services by collecting and sharing information and experience regarding PA, to support and disseminate the conclusions of participatory researches on connected issues and to generate discourse in the Hungarian judicial and social context. We aim to generate an empowered local forum which connects international knowledge regarding PA systems with the Hungarian framework to successfully constitute accessible PA services."
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What we did in 2018?

A year has past, a very active and effective one. Let's see what had People First HU done in 2018?  We've been on a study-tour in Germany and they came here, to Hungary. The association has changed, new Base Rules, new presidency, new plans, the number of our members is continuously increasing. ....
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Great year-end general assembly

We held a great open year-end general assembly on 07.12.2018 in Speckó. We talked about how much did we do this year and a future task. Yes, a lot of things we did this year:
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Our international project has started

The People First Association participate in an international project, its first kick-off meeting was held between 30.11.-03.12.2018 in Barcelona and Corbera.
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inKLOsiv international campagne for the accessible toilets

The People First Association - Pécs participate in the campaign inKLOsiv between 19.11.-03.12.2018 to draw attention how important are barrier-free toilets to the disabled people.
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MindTags – a great idea for blind people!

The blind executive director of MindTags start-up company in Berlin has developed a smart phone or tablet useable information and route planning method for the blind and visually impaired people, what we can call like as "digital ramp".
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We won!!!

We are very happy to announce that our Association has won with the project called "Pécs is livable as a barrier-free city" at the Pécsi Community Foundation,  “Pécs's future foundation 2018 Community Creativity projects”.
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Boccia Hungarian Championship in Pécs

The Boccia Hungarian Championship is ended today. The Pécs team played 46 matches and won 34! Congratulations to all, including our association members!
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High school students are working with us

The People First Association Pécs made a contract with the Leőwey Klára Highschool of Pécs, so from the 9/b English class some kind and enthusiastic students work with us on their compulsory community service. 🙂
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Barrier-free?!………

Instructive video.
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Participation of the Equal Opportunities Program’s Pécs works 2018-2023

Our association has been invited to elaborate the 2018-2023 tract of the Pécs's Equal Opportunities Program. We can feel the opportunity's weight,
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II. Barrier-free Tourism Day in Orfű 08.09.2018.

Members of our association took a serious role in organization of II. Barrier-free Tourism Day 2018: we were present by the organisation, marketing, collecting and sensitization volunteers, transport of handicapped participants and we provided programs too.
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