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Accessibility in rental facilities

AYY has paid more attention to the accessibility and reachability of rental facilities. Some of the facilities are nearly accessible, and we also now provide more information on accessible facilities in advance. These changes make the facilities more accessible to all users. We want to take equality into account in our operations.

The most accessible facilities

Sievo Sauna

Sievo Sauna in Jätkäsaari is our most accessible facility. There is an accessible entrance both to the staircase and the facility. There is an accessible entrance to the sauna and space to accommodate wheelchairs. There is an accessible passage to the rooftop terrace. The facilities include a toilet for the disabled.

Ossinsaunan keittiö ja avonainen ovi saunatilaan

There is space to accommodate wheelchairs in the Ossinsauna lounge. In addition to the entrance, the route to the dressing room, shower room and sauna is accessible. The front door is heavy to open if you are in a wheelchair. The facilities include a toilet for the disabled. You can arrive at Ossinsauna yard by taxi and there are parking spaces along the street.

Ossinkulma 4

There is an accessible entrance to the bright club room at Ossinkulma, but the door can be heavy to open. There is space to accommodate wheelchairs. The facilities include a toilet for the disabled. Ossinkulma surroundings are accessible and you can get to the yard by taxi. It is possible to park the car on the street.

Vaasankatu10_sohvat

The Vaasankatu cabinet and sauna  are mainly accessible, but there are high steps to the terrace and an accessible toilet can only be found on the entrance floor. There is a high threshold at the entrance of the staircase. The facility located on the top floor is accessed by an elevator that is spacious enough for most assistive devices. There is space to accommodate assistive devices in the cabinet. There is an accessible entrance to the sauna facilities. The yard area is accessible.

Otarannan kerhotila2

There is an accessible route to the Otaranta Club Room  from the courtyard using the ramp to the basement floor. There is space to accommodate wheelchairs in the club room and the kitchen. There is no accessible toilet in the facility. The courtyard is flat and there are plenty of parking spaces, but there are no specifically accessible parking spaces.

Otarannan kattosauna pukuhuone

Otaranta rooftop sauna is mainly accessible. The entrance with the ramp can be found behind the building and the sauna is reached by elevator. There is an accessible entrance to changing rooms and showers and there is space to accommodate assistive devices. There may not be space to accommodate wheelchairs in the sauna. The other toilet is more spacious and accessible. There is an accessible entrance to the balcony, but the rooftop terrace is not accessible due to the two steps.

Tatamisali_4

The Tatami Hall has mainly enough space to accommodate wheelchairs. There is no accessible entrance to the dressing room and there is no accessible toilet. There is an accessible route to the facility through the entrance of Jämeräntaival 5 A.

Jämeräntaival 3

There is space to accommodate wheelchairs in the Game Room and its kitchenette. There is an accessible route to the stairway entrance, but the entrance is not accessible due to the 10cm high door area. There are two non-accessible small toilets in the staircase of Jämeräntaival 3 A.

Takkakabinetti pöydät

There is space to accommodate wheelchairs in the Fireplace Cabinet and the furniture in the room can be moved. There is an accessible route to the stairway entrance, but the entrance is not accessible due to the 10cm high door area. There are two small toilets in the staircase which are not accessible. Both the front door and the door of the Fireplace Cabinet are heavy to open.

Accessibility summary

According to the Accessibility Centre ESKE, “Accessibility is about taking into account the diversity of people. Accessiblity of movement, hearing, vision and understanding is a key aspect of functioning environments.” By taking accessibility into account, we can support the well-being of people. The implementation of accessibility guarantees equal opportunities for everyone to participate and make an impact in the community. You can find more detailed information on accessibility in AYY’s rental facility sites. You can get the best overall picture on this summary page.

According to the accessibility review of Riesa Consultative Oy, the facilities are divided into three categories.

  1. Accessible facilities: operating is mainly possible, except for minor inconveniences.
  2. Partly accessible facilities: various shortcomings, more detailed information can be found on the own site of the facility.
  3. Non-accessible facilities: difficult to reach, especially because of steep stairs

 

 

You can find more information on accessibility by clicking the name of the facility. You can also get more information from AYY’s member service specialists by email ([email protected]) or by visiting AYY’s Services Office (Otakaari 11).  

Our Services Office is nearly accessible when you arrive from Otakaari. If necessary, you will get help with opening the heavy front door. The route to the customer service desk and meeting rooms on the second floor is accessible. There is an accessible toilet on the second floor of our office with access from the lobby. Assistance dogs are welcome in our office.

Accessibility in event arrangements

When organising events, please consider how to make the event accessible for as many people as possible. Please mention any shortcomings in terms of accessibility and any special arrangements for reaching the event.

  1. Is there an accessible entrance? Is there an alternative accessible route?
  2. Is there a toilet for the disabled?
  3. Are all service desks accessible? Is the furniture in the way of wheelchairs?
  4. Is there an accessible route to the venue? Is there accessible parking available?
  5. Has accessibility been taken into account in the programme and content of the event?
  6. Please mention where to find more information about accessibility and which of the organisers is the contact person for accessibility issues.
     

What else can I consider besides the selection of the venue?

When planning events, you can also take into account communications and the content of the event, as well as issues that make people feel more welcome. See the tips on the website of the Accessibility Centre of the Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities  and the Checklist for accessible events (in Finnish).

In remote events, you can consider accessibility by ensuring that the speaker is in a quiet place or by delivering speech text to participants. You can also check if the application used in the remote meeting supports screen readers and automatic live subtitle tools (e.g. Google Meet).

Accessibility is about taking into account the diversity of people.

Accessibility Centre ESKE and the Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities.

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Access codes available for many of AYY’s rental facilities, accessibility updates and saunas heated by users

Instead of keys, many facilities can be accessed with access codes and there is more information on accessibility on the website. The saunas can be heated at a time that suits you.

Access codes available for many of AYY’s rental facilities, accessibility updates and saunas heated by users
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Organising safe events - guidelines for AYY’s associations

These guidelines include AYY’s instructions and recommendations for associations on how to organise events during COVID-19.

Organising safe events - guidelines for AYY’s associations
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