July 2004 Archives

Recommend Magazine

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Inclusive travel has made it into mainstream US travel industry media with three articles in the July 2004 issue of Recommend magazine:

  • Are You Ready to Meet the Accessible Travel Challenge - by Roberta Schwartz

  • Accessible Cruising - by Rick Shively

  • Accessible Travel Pay Off - by Rick Shively
  • From Inclusion Daily Express

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    World Bank Works To Reduce Segregation And Poverty For People With Disabilities

    July 27, 2004

    WASHINGTON, DC--On Monday, the World Bank's website published two articles about its disability advocacy efforts around the globe.
    The first focused on the ways that policies and attitudes promoting inclusion of people with disabilities benefit developing and developed countries.

    "The aim is to make sure the needs of disabled people are addressed across the board -- in education, housing, transport, the environment, across all the sectors," explained Judy Heumann, the Bank's advisor on disability and development in the Human Development Network.

    "We aim to help the Bank and governments understand that there are simple, cheap solutions -- some of which don't cost anything. Allowing a child with a physical disability into a classroom, doesn't cost anything . . . many physically disabled kids need very little help at all."

    The U.S. Access Board announces the release of new design guidelines that cover access for people with disabilities under the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The guidelines update access requirements for a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors covered by the law. "These guidelines are our guarantee that when a building is built or renovated anywhere in the nation, its doors are wide open to our citizens with disabilities," noted Jan Tuck, Vice Chair of the Board. It is estimated that 54 million Americans have some type of disability.

    Update 3: Call for Papers - RDS

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    Some may choose to do a literature review and submit a bibliography on travel & disability.

    This bibliography, done in 1998 by Simon Darcy, provides a helpful starting point for those wishing to research in this area:

    http://www.business.uts.edu.au/lst/downloads/07_Disability_Tourism.pdf

    Update 2: Call for Papers - RDS

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    The fourth topic area in the Review of Disability Studies call for papers deals with Universal Design. It is in this area where definitions of disability come into play and where the rich history of designed responses is chronicled.

    Valerie Flethcer, Executive Director of Adaptive Environments, provides us with this helpful orientation to Universal Design. This is the starting point for articles submitted in the fourth topic area:

    Update 1: Call for Papers - RDS

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    The goal of this forum is to publish a scholarly volume that inserts the current dialogue on inclusive travel into the field of Disability Studies and provides foundational argumentation for ongoing study of the phenomenon. It also seeks to provide a multilingual review of the existing literature.

    This forum singles out four areas for exploration that are of interest from a Disability Studies perspective:

  • The history of inclusive travel (travel accommodating those with disabilities)

  • The impact of travel on self-identity and disability culture(s)

  • The representation of travelers with disabilities in the myth and practice of the travel and hospitality industry

  • The place of Universal Design in the sustainability of inclusive travel
  • These areas might be broken down as follows:

    Travel & Disability Forum -- Review of Disability Studies -- Spring 2005

    I am pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the scholarly forum “Travel and Disability.”

    Papers are sought in one of four categories:

    On July 23rd, the U.S. Access Board will publish long-awaited guidelines for facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The new guidelines feature updated provisions and various revisions that will improve access in new construction and alterations while facilitating compliance. They will replace the Board's ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), which were first published in 1991, and earlier guidelines issued under the ABA for federally funded facilities.

    The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History is preparing an exhibit on the history of polio. The approach involves developing a computer game that simulates mobility issues that have occurred across time as described in the invitation to participate below.

    Candy Harrington, author of "Barrier Free Travel: A Nuts And Bolts Guide For Wheelers And Slow Walkers" shares this insight on best practices in the travel industry.

    Households headed by a person age 55 to 64 spend 52% more than the national average on hotel and motels according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey.

    Couple that with...

    People over 65 years old comprise just 12% of the population, but they
    comprise 34% of the disability population.
    (1997 - US Census Bureau)

    And...

    The number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to increase 135%
    between 1995 and 2050
    , according to the Census Bureau.

    And you can start to see why the more successful inclusive (accessible)
    travel models tend to at least make their product/destination more appealing
    to this age group.

    The Center for International Rehabilitation provides information that is indirectly useful to those traveling with disabilities or pursuing inclusive destination devlopment.

    Contributions are invited for a forthcoming special issue of Prose Studies entitled "Disability and/in Prose."

    Maybe there's a place here for a reading of travel guides and other tourism literature. See http://www.cohums.ohio-state.edu/english/journals/prose_studies/psspecialissues.htm

    Registration materials are being circulated for the 5th National NICAN Conference on travel and disability in Perth, Australia. Scott Rains will speak the morning of the final day of the conference - September 22 at 9:15.

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