Accessibility Digest (AD)
Accessibility Digest (AD) is a graphic guide that includes all the necessary information to make design for all easier. This guide, developed by the company Calícrates, consists of a collection of graphic and technical datasheets with drawings, technical facts, examples, mistakes and good practice for all the different accessibility parameters, classified according to DALCO criteria (Ambulation, Apprehension, Location and Communication) and Spanish Building Regulations (CTE). This guide aims to facilitate architecture professionals (architects, quantity surveyors, developers, students, etc.) and Government technicians the implementation of accessibility criteria as a way of reducing costs in architectural projects and improving quality of life for all.
Accessibility Digest is based on the following requirements: make accessibility regulations easy to understand and implement, adding explanatory drawings and avoiding different criteria between professionals and derived extra costs in projects.
Currently, AD has a first list of 100 graphic datasheet that is being developed. Considering different building uses and packages this list will be extended. There is also a website where the material will be able to be downloaded after paying a fee.
The main potential of AD is its ease of translation. Its simple structure and graphics allow the product to be translated into different languages as well as to be used with different regulations (health and safety, sustainability, etc.). Also, it can be customized with regulations of several cities, provinces and countries. The potential market in Spain is a community of more than 50.000 collegiate members in architectural fields and more than 29500 students of architecture in Spanish Universities.