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30.06.2022 - 15:49
Mynd: Ingibjörg Sara Guðmundsdóttir / RÚV
Ramp Up Iceland today formally unveiled its fiftieth accessibility ramp, at the Ísbúð Vesturbæjar ice cream parlour branch on Fjarðargata in Hafnarfjörður.

The goal of Ramp Up Iceland (Römpum upp Ísland) is to install a thousand ramps for disabled people by the 11th March 2026—improving access to services, shops, and restaurants for people with restricted mobility in Iceland.

Vilhjálmur Hauksson, an eloquent and passionate 13-year-old student of Setbergsskóli in Hafnarfjörður, has become something of a spokesperson for disabled rights, human rights, education, the environment, and more. He was therefore asked to cut the ribbon at the ice cream parlour today.

He says campaigns like Ramp Up Iceland are essential.

“When you come to a place like this which is a service for the community and which many people use, and then you can’t even get in, it’s as if you’re being left out of society. You’re not welcome there,” Vilhjálmur told RÚV—adding that he will very likely return for more ice cream in the future.

Though run by the same people, Ramp Up Iceland is not the same as Ramp Up Reykjavík, which succeeded in its goal or installing 100 ramps in Reykjavík in one year—taking just eight months from start to finish.

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Alexander Elliott
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