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The heated pool breaks down cognitive barriers through the use of pictograms (02/04/2018)

Coinciding with the World Day of Awareness about Autism, the building of the heated swimming pool, in the Municipal Sports Center of San Javier, has incorporated in all its dependencies and services a series of pictograms with which it is intended to break down cognitive barriers and contribute to the integration of autistic people or with communication difficulties.

With this action advances in the project of "Friendly Environments, Understand your city" promoted by Aidemar with the collaboration of the City of San Javier, recalled today the Councilor for Education, Catalina Pérez during the presentation of this initiative that last year began in the building of the City of San Javier and that will continue to be implemented in other municipal buildings.

The edile of Education was accompanied by the hearing and language teacher, Gabriela Lillo, and the head of Communication, Laura Albaladejo, who are part of the technical team of Aidemar that works on this project, and by the technician in aquatic activities Juan Pedro Gallego , whose daily work in the pool will allow to evaluate and modify, where appropriate, the signaling, "since it is an open project," said Catalina Pérez.

The pictograms used, given by the Aragonese Portal of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication, ARASAAC, identify the building itself at the entrance, as well as the concierge services, common areas, changing rooms, or the sequence of actions that must be followed both from the entrance as exit from the pool.

The specialist Gabriela Lillo explained how autistic people learn in a visual way so it is of great importance that they can visualize even the actions they have to follow in order to gain autonomy and independence.

"Autistic people are not in their world," explained Gabriela Lillo, "but they need to understand and better understand the only world that exists."

The Councilor for Education, Catalina Pérez said that this type of action is an exercise of social responsibility of citizens and encouraged all Administrations and private institutions to incorporate the pictograms and make environments more friendly.

Perez agreed with Gabriela Lillo to demand a regulation that would formalize the design of the pictograms since, although they have been extended in Europe and South America, they would need a standard that allows their universalization.

The responsible of Communication of Aidemar, Laura Albaladejo invited any trade, or entity to incorporate the pictograms in their identification or communication, breaking cognitive barriers and thus contributing to this project of Friendly Environments.

Those interested can do so by contacting Aidemar.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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