Nationalpark Eifel

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Experts undergo training for specific target groups.

How can I make my tours equally attractive to people both with and without disabilities?
Which barriers do I come across on my tours and how can I get around them?

In order to be able to answer these and other questions, our park rangers and forest guides have undergone special training.

Park rangers
of the Eifel National Park Administration have taken part in special courses run by schools and specialist institutions of the Rhineland Regional Council in order to be able to answer these questions.

With the guidance of teaching staff at the Louis Braille School for the Blind in Düren, the park rangers were able to experience things without using their sight. The course included exercises conducted with a blindfold and blindman's stick, and an introduction to braille.

They were able to experience things from a wheelchair at the Anna Freud School in Cologne, a school for teenagers with physical disabilities and chronic or psychosomatic illnesses.

In cooperation with the home for the deaf in Euskirchen, the park rangers also offer tours translated into German sign language several times a year.

Forest guides
can also be booked for established groups to complement these open environmental education programmes offered by the park rangers. The 190 trained forest guides include employees of the home for the deaf in Euskirchen, who are able to communicate in German sign language, and employees of the school for the blind in Düren. Like the park rangers, some forest guides have taken part in training programmes on "barrier-free accessibility".


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