Accessibility and children-friendly environment in the restaurants of Jyväskylä
Arnold, Erzsébet (2007-10-28)
Julkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty.
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite on
Independent moving belongs to the basic rights of people, so accessibility is a common phenomenon. Accessibility and the Disabled Discrimination Act concern not only wheel-chair people, but other groups as well. Some of the public buildings are not accessible for those who have reduced mobility. This study was focused on the families moving with children, using prams. The objective of the study was to investigate the needs of this special group of people, focus on the obstacles in public sites while using prams and to find an answer what kinds of services/facilities are needed. Other aim was to discover how people regard children in restaurants, and focus on the restaurants in the city centre of Jyväskylä if they are accessible for small children’s parents and what kind of special service they provide. Researches were carried out at different levels: 45 interviews were made on the pedestrian street of Jyväskylä, 53 questionnaires were handed out at four different places, and observation was done in 14 restaurants in the centre of Jyväskylä. The result of the research was that although there are some adjustments concerning accessibility, they are not satisfactory for families moving with small children. Stairs, doors, breastfeeding and diaper changing are considerable facts when moving with small children. In the end of the discussion children-friendly recommendations are given for facilities and services.