The Los Alcázares City Council has begun to install pictograms in the pedestrian crossings of the municipality for People with Disabilities (CIPED), in order to facilitate the identification of actions or signs on public roads for people with difficulties in understanding and communicating with the language written and even oral.
Among them, people with cognitive or language difficulties such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intellectual disability or with altered sensory perceptions, or neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's or aphasias among many others. The pictograms are also useful for young children, older people with cognitive loss and even those who do not speak our language.
All of them require the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (SAAC), based on forms of expression other than spoken language: a system of symbols, both graphics (photographs, drawings, pictograms) and words or letters.
Placed next to each other and at an easily noticeable size, it makes it easier for the user to stop first before crossing, look to see if there is a vehicle that may be approaching the crosswalk, check that it has stopped and, finally, cross from a safe way. The Public Road Department had been working to turn Los Alcázares into a more inclusive municipality, but after four floods it had not been possible for them to do so before.
These initiatives are of great importance and the government team demonstrated this during the state of alarm of COVID 19 with the delivery of the blue vests for people with functional diversity. "This inclusive action is very important to improve the quality of life of all these people who have the same rights to obtain services as any other citizen, and not having them is a delay that from the Department of Social Policy I intend to end" declared the mayor María José Benzal.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Los Alcázares