Alba Mestres Petit
Sergi Morera
Laura Trujjillo Parra
Meritxell Valladares


Barcelona has been working to become a completely accessible city where the rights of people with disabilities are fully guaranteed for over 40 years. Helping the city to achieve this is the Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities, an independent body that works with every area of the City Council to promote accessibility and inclusion in the city’s public policies. In 2008, following its initial Accessibility Plan (1997-2006) which focused on accessibility in the city’s streets and public spaces, the City Council reaffirmed its commitment to guaranteeing the rights set out in the United Nations’ Convention. More recently (in 2017) it approved a Government Measure for drafting the 2018-2026 Universal Accessibility Plan for Barcelona (PAUB in Catalan), which will deal with improving physical, communication and cognitive accessibility in a wide range of venues and facilities.
The Government Measure, inspired by Sustainable Development Goal 11 “Sustainable cities and communities” and targets 11.2 and 11.3 of the 2030 Agenda, established a three-phase implementation of the new Accessibility Plan: a first phase diagnosing the degree of accessibility of the various public spaces and services; a second, participatory phase, aimed at reaching consensus on the best accessibility solutions to be implemented in the city, and third and final phase, where the Plan will be implemented with the requisite budget.


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How to Cite
Mestres Petit, A., Morera, S., Trujjillo Parra, L. and Valladares, M. (2022) “The Accessibility Chain: a Challenge and an Opportunity for Cities and People with Disabilities”, The Journal of Public Space, 7(2), pp. 205–222. doi: 10.32891/jps.v7i2.1604.
Non Academic / Case study
Author Biographies

Alba Mestres Petit, Barcelona City Council, Institute of People with Disabilities

Officer specialist in Accessibility to Communication. Working in the Municipal Institute of People with Disabilities since 2017.

Sergi Morera, Barcelona City Council, Institute of People with Disabilities

Masters Degree in Public Management Barcelona School of Management and Bachelor in Political Science at UPF. After 10 years of being manager of technological and strategic projects at Granollers City Council, he joined Barcelona City Council in 2017 as Head of Planning and Evaluation at the autonomous body Municipal Institute of People with Disabilities, which IMPD offers direct personal care services and works with the rest of City Council and organisations to carry out Barcelona Accessibility Strategy and Master Plan

Laura Trujjillo Parra, Barcelona City Council, Institute of People with Disabilities

Officer at the Planning and Evaluation Department, Municipal Institute of People with Disabilities (Barcelona City Council) since 2006. Degree in Sociology and Political Sciencie.