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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on access to works of art for blind people

Aldo Patriciello

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on access to works of art for blind people  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 26 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the European Union is committed to eliminating obstacles to involvement in cultural life for those with disabilities;

B.  whereas blind and partially-sighted people face barriers to sensory perception, and therefore find on a daily basis that they are unable to benefit fully from the activities available to sighted individuals;

C.  whereas braille and scale models enable the visually impaired to experience works of art, as both the braille system and precise-scale reproductions make it possible to perceive even the smallest details;

D.  whereas, during guided tours, specially trained guides explain the works of art, touching not just on stylistic and pictorial aspects, but also on the feelings and emotions of the artist;

1.  Calls on the Commission to ensure that every museum provides tactile experiences or employs specially trained guides with a view to helping the visually impaired enjoy works of art which are meant to be admired.

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