Original Titel: Dita Jeme - My Day
Category: Active Citizenship
Project team: Egzona Hoxhaj,
My Day is an app/software platform informing persons with disabilities about accessibility in public buildings located in Pristina. Volunteer students from the Faculty of Architecture initially evaluated accessibility in educational and health facilities based on the availability of ramps, horizontal access, lifts, toilets and parking. A broad network of volunteers followed up in administrative facilities, cultural/sports and other facilities providing services to citizens.
My Day understands true community inclusion to mean everyone, regardless of capability, participates side-by-side. People with disabilities have the right to inclusive education, living, employment, and leisure opportunities. While designing and facilitating their own care, opportunities and support, people with disabilities also depend on the awareness of the surrounding community. My Day is what active citizenship is all about: facilitating lives, sensitizing the community and bringing people together through digital innovation. The true spirit of the European Youth Awards.
“True community inclusion occurs when everyone, regardless of capability, participates side-by-side. People with disabilities have the right to inclusive education, living, employment, and leisure opportunities. They play a large role in helping to design and facilitate their own care, opportunities and support, but they also depend on the attention that community gives them.
The Jury thought that My Day is what active citizenship may represent: identify, promote and rate places that are accessible for people with disabilities, by improving a free app access in all smart phones and always updated with new places. Initially were students of Architecture from the University of Prishtina that provided the database, but nowadays the project works in a volunteering bases. My Days facilitates lives, sensitizes the community and gather people through digital innovation. The true spirit of the European Youth Awards.” – EYA Grand Jury Report
“My Day” is a perfect example of a true community project that benefits every person involved in multiple ways. It calls young people to action to create a positive social impact by volunteering to explore public places to identify, promote, and rate how accessible they are for people with disabilities. I think this is a valuable learning experience for the youth who participate because they are learning at a young age that their actions can have direct results on the way people live. They also learn to see the wold from the perspective of disabled people which increases their understanding of their challenges, and can lead to further dialogue about how to improve accessibility for handicap people in all facets of life. At the same time, “My Day” makes it easier for people with disabilities to judge the places they can easily access which enable them to participate in community life better and give them freedom to not worry about whether a building suits their needs or not.
Last but not least, “My Day” contributes to raise public awareness for a more inclusive society. I am convinced that “My Day” is a fantastic project that could create a positive social impact in communities and cities all over the world.”
Please note that all data refer to the time of winning the Award.