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Note an important new study on tourism accessibility. I encourage all Rolling Rains readers to complete it, or if it does not apply to you, to bring it to the attention of someone to whom who does. (Full disclosure: I've completed it myself.):

You are invited to take part in a research study conducted by the University of Technology Sydney on the tourism accommodation needs of people with mobility disabilities. The research aims to identify the room requirements and preferred information format for presenting accessible accommodation so that a person is able to make an informed decision for their needs.

Tourism Accommodation Requirements and Information Needs of People with Mobility Disabilities.


The questionnaire is designed for people with mobility disabilities to answer. However, we welcome carers/attendants, family or friends completing the survey based on the needs of those who require accessible accommodation that they travel with. For example, if you are a parent of a child with a disability you should answer the questionnaire based on the access needs of your child.

Your participation in this study is highly valued whether you travel frequently or not.

The questionnaire will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link below to be directed to the questionnaire
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=63033650891

The research focuses on accessible rooms (sometimes referred to as 'disabled rooms') that accommodate people with mobility disabilities as designated under the Building Codes of Australia and the referenced Australian Standards for Access and Mobility (AS1428). This research does not exclude people with hearing, vision or other disabilities from completing the survey. However, other research is currently being conducted on the tourist experiences of people who are blind or vision impaired. In addition, the Hotel Motel Accommodation Association and the Deafness Forum announced in 2005 an industry agreement regarding the provision of accessible facilities for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired. We would welcome people with any disability completing the survey if they regularly use designated accessible rooms.

Alternative formats
If you require an alternative format or would like to complete this questionnaire by phone, please contact:
Dr. Simon Darcy
Faculty of Business
University of Technology, Sydney
Ph: 02 9514-5100 Email: simon.darcy@uts.edu.au

Ethics
All responses are anonymous and confidential. The project has been approved by the UTS Human Research Ethics Committee (Ref No. 2006-24A) and any ethical issues arising from the research can be discussed with the UTS Research Ethics Manager Ms Susanna Gorman on Ph: 02 9514-1279


Dr Simon Darcy | Associate Professor | School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism | Faculty of Business |
University of Technology Sydney | Kuring-gai Campus | PO Box 222, Lindfield NSW 2070 |
Ph: 61 2 9514-5100 | Fax: 61 2 9514-5195 | Email: Simon.Darcy@uts.edu.au |
http://datasearch.uts.edu.au/business/lst/staff/StaffDetails.cfm?UnitStaffId=209

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