Accessible Atomium

09 Feb 2010

Atomium Sign Language GuideThe Atomium is a monument built for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair in Belgium. Designed by André Waterkeyn, it is 102 metres (335 ft) tall, with nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

The Atomium has been providing a certain number of traditional guided tours as well as audio guides for a long time, but both are inaccessible for Deaf sign language users from Belgium and the rest of the world.

Fevlado (Federation of Flemish Deaf Organisations) strives to amend this glaring oversight and then co-operated with FFSB (Federation of French-Speaking Deaf People in Belgium) and Atomium to create a digital guide with no less than 6 languages including sign languages!
The Deaf sign language users of the digital guide can choose between Flemish Sign Language (VGT), French-Belgian Sign Language (LSFB) and International Sign (IS). On top of those options there are texts available in Dutch, French and English.
Mark Wheatley, Executive Director of EUD, attended the launch of the digital guide on 9th February at the Atomium. He was really impressed with the initiative of Fevlado and Atomium to create a revolutionary guide! He hopes that all tourist hot-spots, galleries and museums will follow suit to create a truly accessible device for Deaf tourists from all over the world.

Go to Brussels and visit the Atomium to try it out!


Atomium Guide



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