Accessibility and equality
Accessibility and equality
In the restoration of Kosolan Talo, the “kievari” inn and dining spaces were completed first. The inn has a “reservation only” café and restaurant, and the space can be used for conferences and celebrations. The premises are accessed through double doors with a 140 cm clear width on the porch located at the end of the lower wing. The double doors lead to a small hallway, where there’s another door with a clear width of 88 cm. There are also double doors between the lower and taller wing, with a clear width of 150 cm. An accessible toilet can be found in the hall of the taller wing, which has double doors with a clear width of 145 cm. The doorway to the accessible toilet has a clear width of 88 cm. Until the main entrance in the taller wing is completed, the kitchen staff’s entrance is used as an emergency exit, and it’s got a clear width of 90 cm. Doorways in the building include small thresholds, which have been beveled for easier wheelchair and walker access. Downstairs, the spaces with ongoing renovations are not currently fitted for accessibility, but they will be when the spaces are finished. The preservation of the building’s historical integrity sets some limitations on full accessibility, which is why the upper floor is currently only accessible by stairs. Restoration has not yet begun on the upper floor, and its spaces are currently not open to visitors.
All toilets are gender neutral. The accessible toilet is equipped with a pull cord that can be used to call for assistance. All toilets are equipped with potties for small children, and there’s a changing table in the accessible toilet. The café and restaurant are “reservation only,” but the building is open to visitors without charge when the café is open. Kievari has three highchairs for families with small children. For safety reasons, spaces where restoration is still ongoing are only open to visitors with a (staff member) guide present. Personal assistants are allowed to join a group’s guided story tour for free. Guide dogs and service dogs are welcome.
We treat everyone equally and with dignity and respect. We are learning to be more attentive to people’s special needs as well as cultural differences in our activities, and we strive to listen to our customers’ feedback and to develop the visitor experience towards greater inclusion. Our website is responsive, so you can access it with a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Our website can also be used without a mouse, with just the keyboard.
We will update this page as we take new steps to support equality!