May 2004 Archives

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

I signed up for the course as soon as I read the homework:

  • Take two cruises: One 2-6 days and one 7+ days
  • That's one of the requirements for the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) Accredited Cruise Counsellor certification.

    And 24 hours after learning of the inclusive travel boom in the State of Wisconsin what should appear but a press release about this new integration of universal design thought in Tasmania!

    Early reports are that some very basic customer preferences were overlooked - such as no in-suite bathrooms but rather a shared restroom down a hallway in their hub facility.

    As with all projects like this, a reliable evaluation needs floorplans, photos, and a firsthand visit by someone with a disability.

    With that caveat in mind, readers of the Rolling Rains Report will recognize from the press release below that these developers have done their homework on inclusive travel.

  • They anticipated the Tasmanian travel boom.
  • They showed fiscal - and environmental - savvy by redesigning an existing structure.
  • They considered statistics originally collected by Simon Darcy in Anxiety to Access.
  • They adopted and modified Dave Player's Algarve strategy of integrated destination development. Let's hope they show his flair for Web design!
  • They have exceeded simple visitabilty modifications to the homes they have refurbished as lodging and applied transgenerational design principles.
  • They consider the needs of both local and non-resident tourism as do many national tourism plans such as Brazil's Programa de Regionalização do Turismo - Roteiros do Brasil nos Estados.

  • And they seem to be aware of the various economic strata within the disabled traveling population.
  • Candy Harrington wrote on the economics of the US market following the release of the Open Doors Organization's study on the purchasing power of travelers with disabilities. To quote:

    This is the first mainstream article I have read on an increasingly common trend -- the convergence of universal design in home construction and the design of recreational lodging and vacation properties.

    Here is documentation that movements in transgenerational home design, aging-in-place, home vistability, and inclusive travel have proven their economic sustainability.

    Time to Get Equal: A Hopeful Sign

    A new campaign in the UK on disability rights has some prominent backing: "Time to Get Equal."

    The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee will be meeting in New York for the next two weeks to finalize an international Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

    Design for an Aging Population

    The Washington University Center for Aging (WUCFA) sponsored an important conference in March 2004. The presentation, Visual Design for an Aging Population, is available at

    The first international conference to systematically address inclusive travel will be Adaptive Environment's Designing for the 21st Century III.

    Day 1 - December 7, 2004 - includes the day-long event, "Universal Design and the International Travel & Hospitality Industry."

    The author of The Rolling Rains Report, Scott Rains, D. Min., has been appointed as Research Fellow of the University of California. He will serve as Resident Scholar at the Center for Cultural Studies at Oakes College at the University of California Santa Cruz from June 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005.

    Home & Lodging Design

    The BBC reports on design solutions that have benefit for those with visual impairments. Design with contrast!

    The article:

    Regular readers of the Rolling Rains Report will recognize the debt it owes to the untiring work of Dave Reynolds, editor of Inclusion Daily Express. You can find a short article on Dave written by Daniel J. Vance at

    There is a comedy performed every time Verity Smith tries to ride the cross-channel railway EuroStar and France's SNCF. It seems that SNCF railway regulations won't let a blind person sit in the space reserved for wheelchair users. Then there's the issue of her companion dog.

    Read on at Blind Woman Tackles Rail Giant. It's a Catch 22 crying for a universal design solution.

    Presenters selected to participate in the Designing for the 21st Century III Conference were contacted today.

    I will be leading the day long, pre-conference workshop on travel and Universal Design, Universal Design and the International Travel and Hospitality Industry.

    Details on this workshop will be regularly updated in the Rolling Rains Report.

    escudo do brasil
    "Our vocation to tourism is undeniable" stated Brazilian president Lula in the opening section of the country's first ever National Tourism Plan promulgated April 2003.

    Yet, quoting professors Davis Gruber Sansolo and Rita de Cássia Ariza da Cruz in Nacional do Turismo: uma análise crítica " "Tourism is not only a question of vocation ... but is the result of cultural construction."

    And the question of who constructs it is currently presenting the nation with a choice between imposing handicaps versus implementing universal design.

    The ministry charged with repesenting persons with disabilities (CONADE) points out that nowhere in the tourism document are persons with disabilities addressed (below). In fairness, consultations with organizations representing persons with disabilites have taken place to remedy this oversight but the original systemic exclusion continues to have its repercussions on later initiatives such as Programa de Regionalização do Turismo - Roteiros do Brasil nos Estados.

    The tourism plan is approaching its first anniversary as preparations continue for Brazil to host the international conference on Universal Design, "Designing for the 21st Century III." Perhaps the integration of the voices of Brazilian citizens with disabilities into the tourism planning process will succeed to such a degree that the gathering of international expertise can play a supportive role in the country's grand undertaking during the December, 2004 Universal Design conference .

    Here are two new inclusive travel agencies of note in South America.

    One, Aventura Especial, with Dada Moreira is located in Brazil and is in Portuguese.

    The other, Latitude Sur, is in Argentina with Spanish and English mirrors. From the site it appears that this endeavor emerged from the important Tenerife Conference in April 2003

    Give them a hearty welcome -- and send your business their way!

    "The Eria Resort is specially designed with disabled people in mind," begins the marketing material. And, from the looks of it, this isn't just hype.

    Are we witnessing the emergence of a new business model here?