October 2007 Archives

Encuentro en Colombia: Turismo Accessible


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The following is not the sort of story likely to improve tourism:

Kolkata, October 29: Disabled teacher and her two students, both hearing impaired, were thrown off a private bus by the conductor near Esplanade today.

The victims, who were injured in the incident, later lodged a complaint at the New Market police station, after which the driver and conductor were arrested.

Marketing Jerusalem


The Tourism Ministry and the Jerusalem Tourism Board are embarking on a national campaign to promote and make the capital city more accessible as a tourist destination for senior citizens.

"Jerusalem represents a major destination for pensioners but the potential of this growing population visiting the city has not yet been realized," the Tourism Ministry said Sunday. "The main reason why pensioners are not coming to Jerusalem are lack of knowledge about Jerusalem, its abundance of attractive sites and the activities available."

TV Trip.com: Increments of Innnovation


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I am preparing the keynote, Global Trends in Accessible Tourism, for ICAT 2007. When we met two years ago my focus was Universal Design of facilities that were emerging as islands of innovation. This year policy and consumer education will get equal focus.

Figures on the purchasing power of travelers with disabilities and data on the travel behavior of this niche are driving improvements in service. Social movements championing inclusion and legal frameworks, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, asserting a rights-based approach to governance and business strengthen this trend.

Innovative consumer education initiatives like TV Trip.com represent the next phase of significant progress for Inclusive Tourism.


O kit Vida em Movimento visa estimular e contribuir para promover a inclusão
de crianças e jovens com deficiência na Educação, no Trabalho e em todas as atividades da vida social.

Lives in Motion at the Glasgow Museums


Recent posts on museums and access to culture in Spanish, English, and Portuguese focused on the accessibility of culture. This exhibit, "Lives in Moton" by John Ferry, Senior Education & Access Curator for the Glasgow Museums, highlights the culture of accessibility through transport.

The theme holds great possibilities for public education on Inclusive Tourism.



While the TATNY project described herein was discontinued before Phase 3, the detailed contents of this report may still be of use to individuals, governmental organizations and NGOs working to improve disability access in Thailand. Author Laurel Van Horn now serves as Research Director for Open Doors Organization. Please address any questions or comments to her at: laurel@opendoorsnfp.org

I'm sending the rest via the ODO server. Juno doesn't like large files.

Indian Railway Accessiibility


Recently, someone asked me, “How do we attract more of the growing market of travelers with disabilities to Malaysia?” The answer? “Build first on your existing success in marketing Malaysia – and then brag about it!

In 2006, 8,700 people had successfully applied for the “Malaysia My Second Home Programme” (MM2H). Travelers with disabilities rely heavily on the word-of-mouth endorsements of others with disabilities. Attracting the financial, social, and cultural resources of this underserved market requires strategically recruiting it members. Their firsthand endorsements from within the disability community will have an impact beyond what any marketing campaign can achieve.

To win this group's loyalty here are some practical steps:

The International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) began in 2003. It drew inspiration from, and further extended, the "International Universal Design Declaration in Japan 2002."

In the prospectus, the conventional concept of UD is further expanded to the creation of a sustainable society in recognition of differences in culture and habit.

The expanded concept also suggests global environmental conservation and the way to sustainable design and trans-generational design.

IAUD seeks to contribute to the healthy development of society and improvement of the welfare of all humans beings.



The Disability Blog Carnival passed a milestone:

Got your sparkly frock ready for the gala? No? That's fine. Blogging, and this blog carnival in particular, are all about "come as you are." And "as you are" is spectacular. Don't doubt that for a minute: the diverse disability blogging community is strong, thoughtful, funny, eloquent, creative, committed and punctual. Punctual? Well, yeah. We've had 23 previous editions of the carnival--exactly as scheduled, nobody flaked, nobody even posted late without warning. Many, many blog carnivals fade away after a few editions, or publish irregularly, unable to gin up the enthusiasm or volunteers to sustain a regular frequency. Enthusiasm and volunteers we have never lacked.

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While discount airlines continue their efforts to balance their books on the backs of passengers, Carl Kole from United Airlines has done important work on behalf of passengers with disabilities.

Following a change in CFR power wheelchairs and scooters that have gel batteries and are secured on the device will no longer have to be disconnected. Work is underway to standardize it internationally with both IATA (International AirlineTransport. Assoc) and US DOT.

The text of the regulation: Download file

Indian Airlines Inch Toward Inclusion


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Here is the latest version of the Indian Civil Aviation Requirements on Carriage by air of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility. Finalization is scheduled to take place on October 29, 2007. Download file

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The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has received an application (attached in MS Word format) from Regional express airlines (Rex) requesting exemption from sections 23 and 24 of the Disability Discrimination Act so far as to permit Rex placing certain restrictions and requirements on the carriage of passengers with specific disabilities on its SAAB aircraft.

Would an aircraft design process that had acknowledged that the 4 million Australians with disabilities are potential passengers not have been a more elegant and sustainable solution? Transferring onto travelers with disabilities the consequences of Rex's choice to purchase what they now claim are inappropriate vehicles seems more like sleight of hand than justice.

The Passenger Vessel Emergency Alarms Advisory Committee has been formed by the US Access Board. It examines vessel emergency alarm systems and notification procedures in relation to the needs of passengers who are deaf or heard of hearing.

The Gimpy Girls


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Just for fun try the Gimpy Girls blog: A Lifestyle Magazine for Aging Baby Boomers, the Disabled and the Just Plain Lazy.

Keep an ye on them as they fill out their Travel section

The Freedom to Roll on Your Own


For 25 years Whirlwind Wheelchairs has been improving access around the world. In this video you will see the new Rough Rider go through its paces:

The following interview appeared in "Portal do Voluntario." It is an interview with the woman behind Rio de Janeiro's Sensory Garden, Cecília Beatriz da Veiga Soares. The garden is housed in Rio's famous Jadim Botanico (Botanical Garden) in the beautiful Lagoa district.

Jardim dos Sonhos

Durante um passeio pelo Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro (JBRJ), Cecília Beatriz da Veiga Soares, paisagista e diretora da Associação de Amigos do JB , sentiu o privilégio que ela tinha de poder usufruir e apreciar a natureza ao seu redor. Enquanto caminhava, percebeu que os deficientes visuais não tinham como desfrutar desse espetáculo. Entrou em contato com o Diretor do JBRJ e sugeriu a construção de um jardim especialmente para pessoas com algum tipo de deficiência. A idéia foi recebida com entusiasmo e, em março de 1995, foi inaugurado o Jardim Sensorial dentro do Instituto de Pesquisas do JBRJ. Recentemente foi inaugurado um jardim semelhante no Jardim Botânico de Brasília e há um plano de construir um jardim dos sentidos no Jardim Botânico de Recife. Nos dois casos, o JBRJ é citado como modelo. Cecília, a idealizadora do projeto, fala sobre o sucesso que o Jardim vem fazendo, 12 anos após sua criação.

Portal do Voluntário – O que é o jardim sensorial?

The Theology of the Epithet


Now, before I am accused of cultural bigotry for sharing this bit of political theater commented on by Peter Tan in Malaysia let me remind readers that Jerry Lewis raises millions of dollars in the United States each year preaching from an equally handicapped theological script. Apparently Malaysian Member of Parliament Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin (BN-Jerai) thinks he has the inside track to the Divine when it comes to disability. In an angry courtroom outburst at an opponent he shouted, "Now you are sitting in a wheel chair. God has punished you."

For the story:

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After several years of persistent advocacy - and some recent public tests of alternative products - the beaches in Rio de Janeiro are to become accessible to wheelchair riders. In Portuguese that's "cadeirantes."

Hit the beaches of Rio thanks to the cumulative efforts of the Rio City Project, Designing for the 21st Century III, the Pan American Games of 2007, and the continuous work of Cariocas (residents of Rio de Janeiro) with disabilities and their allies. The winning design, typical of good design, is also sustainable and green. Access will be provided using bamboo mats prototyped by professor José Luis Ripper of PUC-Rio. Parabems, prof!

Below is a story from O Gobo newspaper in Portuguese.

In 2004, at Designing for the 21st Century III, a group of Latin American visionaries crafted the document known as the "Rio Charter" or the "Rio Charter on Universal Design for Sustainable and Inclusive Development." They built upon a foundation laid by conference sponsors Adaptive Environments who clearly link Green and Universal Design:

Universal Design is also called Inclusive Design, Design-for-All and Lifespan Design. It is not a design style but an orientation to any design process that starts with a responsibility to the experience of the user. It has a parallel in the green design movement that also offers a framework for design problem solving based on the core value of environmental responsibility. Universal Design and green design are comfortably two sides of the same coin but at different evolutionary stages. Green design focuses on environmental sustainability, Universal Design on social sustainability.

LEED building certification awards points for Universal Design as sustainable green practice and the tourism industry accelerates the convergence between Universal Design and green building with the Davos Declaration. While MIT's House Research Consortium was preparing homes through their Open Prototype Initiative, Access Living in Chicago was applying good design with readily available materials to its offices as described below.

Youreable.com argues that Facebook has instituted a serious design flaw that results in the exclusion of people with disabilities. Their analysis provides some useful detail on how to make digital information accessible:

Facebook is excluding users with poor vision and reading difficulties from its social network, through recent changes to its accessibility options, according to usability and accessibility specialist Foviance.



"Manufacturers are showing an overwhelming response to the needs of the Boomer population," Adam Sohn associate director of media relations says. "Some of the biggest names in consumer brands includingHewlett Packard, Microsoft, Nintendo, Home Depot, along with hundreds of other companies were at our event, exhibiting new products and looking to tap into the boomer market."

The AARP's Life@50+ convention was held last month in Boston:





Tips for the T-List cover

Here's how Jens Thraenhart explains this collaboration at his site Tourism Internet Marketing Bog:

Stephen Joyce (who had the idea of the book) as publisher, as well as Mathieu Ouellet and I as editors are spearheading the initiative to publish this book for the Canada-e-Connect Conference on November 7-9 in Vancouver. The book will be a collection of 100 (or so) of the best posts from T-List bloggers who are the actual authors of the book. The audience for the book is executives, marketers, and decision makers from the travel and tourism industry. Topics will include customer trends, emerging technologies, e-marketing tips, social media, new and ground breaking website reviews, etc. The book is a promotional piece and will not be sold, but attendees at the Canada-e-Connect Conference in Vancouver will get an exclusive print copy as part of their attendance. Additional copies will be made available at the contributing T-List bloggers website as an e-book download.

Maslow, Marketing, & Maturity Revisited


Abraham Maslow postulated a hierarchy of human needs in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation.” He further refined the idea through his lifetime.

Just where does tourism intersect with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? Maybe not where you think.

Often represented as a pyramid with the base being physiological needs Maslow observed an impulse toward satisfying ever higher needs. Deficit Needs were his name for the first four needs: physiological, safety, belonging, and esteem. The remainder which he called Growth Needs. He noted that Deficit Needs were so fundamental that each prior need must be satisfied in order for a person to progress to the next.

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Museums and Access to Culture


In the field of disability studies and among those who champion disability pride it is commonplace to talk about "disability culture." The concept will figure in an essay I wrote for New Mobility magazine about travel and disability.

There is another conversation heating up. It seems to be happening in several places around the world simultaneously. One would hope it is in part due to the impact of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that includes access to culture.

Both in the Spanish-speaking and the Portuguese-speaking worlds access to museums has surfaced as a recent issue for advocacy. On a broader scale, access to heritage sites such as the Taj Mahal or Angkor Wat, reflects the same concern. Below are two articles in Spanish and Portuguese and a link to a museum project reported by Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2007.

Senderos de La Palma - Canarias


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El Cabildo de La Palma ha presentado las ocho rutas de la Red de Senderos Insular, aptas para hacer uso de la silla Joëlette . Gracias al proyecto Tourmac, Ader y el Cabildo se dispone de 5 sillas (se ceden a las personas que hayan realizado un curso de capacitación para su empleo; en caso de tratarse de visitantes deben acreditar conocer su uso)

The JFA Daily (10/15/07) cites an Orlando Sentinel report that Disney World and SeaWorld will not allow Segway users. This turns out to be a difficulty for visitors like James Nappier.

Freelance writer Robin Avni has succeeded in writing a type of story about Universal Design in homes that I don't believe I have seen before. Intelligent, excellently illustrated, and personal without being mawkish or drawing on stereotype this is definitely an article worth reading.

Designer and builder Sanjay Soli transcended the sterility of simple "accessible design" and retrofitting to achieve striking stylishness through Universal Design. Avni has written a piece on disability lifestyle worthy of New Mobility magazine. Kudos to the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine for bringing to mainstream readership both the concept and the heart behind good design.

See Inviting to All .

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Travel industry analyst Imtiaz Muqbil has written an article in the Bangkok Post previewing the 2007 Bangkok International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT 2007)

You Go, Anahí!


Brazil has a national movement for social inclusion that spans disabilities and emphasizes participation in culture. Thanks to Anahí for sharing this campaign video promoting captioning. (Video in Portuguese and Brazilian Sign Language, "Libras" (Língua Brasileira de Sinais).


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Accessible Trails for Wheelers and Slow Walkers: Washington State trail and outdoor recreation information for the disabled

A research team from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment at the State University of New York at Buffalo is conducting online surveys examining how designed environments affect individuals' activities. The environments being studied are public buildings, streets and residences.

The study is interested not only in the experiences of individuals with cognitive, hearing, mobility or sight conditions but also in the experiences of individuals with none of those conditions. Widespread participation is very important to the goal of this study to identify environmental design features that are useable by everyone.

This study employs anonymous surveys to examine three build environments' influences on routine activities:

-Public Buildings (for example: using entrances, restrooms, etc.)

-Public Streets (for example: using sidewalks, intersections, etc.)

-Residential Environments (for example: using kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)

If you think you might be interested in participating or would just like additional information, go to the research study's website at http://www.udeworld.com/research/index.php. The surveys will be available online through January 2008.

New Anthology: Tips From The T-List


The new book on travel marketing, Tips From The T-List, is scheduled to be launched at the Canada E-Connect Conference on the weekend of November 7 - 9, 2007. Rumor has it that the anthology will include an article on marketing to the disability market.

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Here is Silicon Valley I have the privilege of meeting with technology designers who are in residence or just passing through. Not long ago I had the opportunity to discuss NTT DoCoMo's universally designed phones with their engineering team. One of the problems we lamented was the lack of communication between people with disabilities as consumers of phones and telecommunications companies.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is taking up the challenge. Because the size of the problem is expanding geometrically with the aging of Baby Boomers the failure of AARP to be a full partner in this work is disappointing. However, it demonstrates once again that the disability community is pioneering the new definition of retirement by being "beta testers for aging."

Update on the [with]TV Blog



The travel column that I write at [with]TV has a new URL:


The entire [with]TV blog has moved over to the Typepad blog engine to make life much easier for Blogmaster Connie Kuusisto.

Gwangju Design Biennale 2007



The Gwangju Design Biennale 2007 is one more sign of Korea's leadership in Universal Design. Pre-conference publicity describes the event:

The international design conference is to provide the scientific background for the motto of this year's design biennale, "Light" (Life, Identity, Green, Human, Technology).

The conference will deal with the industrial value of design as well as design's new orientation towards convergence and communication in the era of U-Design and the new roles, which designers will play in it.

The term "U-Design" refers to universal design, design for everyone.

The TOMAR Resolution


The European Union Committee of Ministers played an important role in the promotion of Universal Design with the following resolution in 2001.

Part of the reason transportation and hospitality infrastructure and practice remains inhospitable is because the reality of the lives of people with disabilities is not accurately portrayed. K. Murali of Deaf Leaders in India has a proposal to begin to remedy that.

Gary Robb on Outdoor Accessibility


Gary Robb is Director of the National Center Accessibility at Indiana University. Those who work on trail accessibility or want to view the proposed US regulations on outdoor accessibility through the eyes of an expert may appreciate this transcript of his testimony: http://www.access-board.gov/outdoor/nprm/comments/robb-co.htm

You can find numerous helpful resources. There is even an opportunity to sign up as a volunteer.

For a bit of fun and geographic challenge try Lingo 24's entertaining map game Web Whereabouts:


Every so often it is good to review the basics -- especially when they keep changing on you!

Below is a good introduction to the changing definition of the concept of disability. This is an especially good read for those in the US who feel they are familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are some better adapted definitions ut there than the one codified in ADA.

Discussions about visual communication of accessibility, icons, and iconographers have appeared here occasionally. Liat Ben-Moshe and Justin J.W. Powell have recently published a scholarly paper on the subject entitled, "Sign of our times? Revis(it)ing the International Symbol of Access." The abstract is available here.

Someday, maybe soon, travel attire could be high tech. Read the announcement of an upcoming conference from the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) newsletter.

Guy Fisher Does New York


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Guy Fisher demonstrates the best of this site's Flickr.com Travel With a Disability Photo-Sharing section by uploading a photo essay today.

Yankee Stadium, Empire State Building, John Mayer concert (backstage even!), Ellis Island, and the ever invigorating dash from one side of the street to another in NYC. He's done it all -- and lived to tell:

John Hockenberry once wrote that "New York City will probably always require an aggressive mix of physical and social skills to get a wheelchair off the street and back onto it." Navigating the crowds and traffic in Times Square will definitely put your wheelchair skills to the test. We ended up taking several trips through the square, and I enjoyed the challenge of dodging pedestrians, mixing into the flow of the crowds and jockeying for a straight shot to the curbcuts. On our last trip through the hurly-burly, I went ahead and turned the traffic bollards that lined the streets into my own private wheelchair lane.


Last week the Brazilian nonprofit Aventura Especial selected Serra da Canastra National Park as the location for a model project demonstrating best practices in outdoor accessibility. A press release has not yet been issued.

O ONG Aventura Especial elegeu a semana pasada o Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra para um projeto modelo das boas práticas de acesso. Ainda não saiu noticias para a midia.

Portraying Ian Curtis in "Control"


Peter Bradshaw caught my attention with this line:

Disabled people routinely get their intelligence insulted by films - especially in films reeking with liberal good intentions and positively clanking with awards.

Reviewing the movie "Control" in the Guardian he speaks like someone who has been paying attention to the disability community and to Disability Studies:

Anton Corbijn's Control, his outstanding film about Ian Curtis and Joy Division, opens this week, and I've seen it discussed from almost every angle: it's a film about music and New Wave, or it's a film about love, or about England. As it happens, though, there is one sub-heading under which it hasn't yet been placed: a film about disability. Ian Curtis had epilepsy, and the film boldly shows Curtis having an episode on stage.

The film declines to condescend to Curtis on this score, with misjudged sentimentality about how "courageous" he was, and neither does it insidiously romanticise his disability, suggesting an age-old association with creativity, ecstasy or genius. Yet it is set in era before disability had entered the arena of identity politics. Curtis's struggle with epilepsy is very important in his life, and also, to a degree, his art. But not all-important...

The idea of disability is not central to the story, and in fact its non-centrality may conceivably contribute to a debate as to how central to their identities disabled people wish their disabilities to be seen.

Yes, of course I am going to turn even this into a commentary on travel & disability. You wouldn't be at this blog if you hadn't come to expect that now, would you?

New Web Site for MIUSA


If MIUSA (Mobility International USA) had existed when I was a student -- well, during the first couple decades that I was a student anyway -- my life as an exchange student (all three times) would have been much easier. I certainly would have been able to find the mentor that was nowhere to be found at that time in the fields of student services, student exchange, or international development. That is why I am always pleased to support the excellent work of MIUSA and have spent much of my career assisting the students they serve.

They have made changes to their web site at http://www.miusa.org/miusa-exchange-programs

Check out their student exchange program to Bahrain. Hurry. Application deadline is November 19, 2007.

The United States lives in a fog of denial about the coming population inversion. When the fog burns off the slow, steady adoption of Universal Design best practices that we have been documenting in the housing, leisure, hospitality, and development fields will catch the inattentive by surprise.

MONEY magazine published survey results this week on the next wave of "future shock". Almost 3,000 Boomers participated in the survey (Forever Young) conducted to examine their attitudes and its potential social impact.

Boomers are starting to form a new agenda, a reinvention of the American dream that emphasizes friends and family over making money, having fun over working hard, and making a difference in the community and the said MONEY's Marlys Harris in her article on the survey. The study shows that 63% of participants said their definition of success has changed since their late teens and early twenties. Living independently and maintaining health are the top two goals of Boomers.

"Living independently" has been the objective of the Disability Rights Movement (a baby Boomer generation phenomenon) as it created the Independent Living Movement and networks of Independent Living Centers (CILs) :

Independent Living Centers are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.

Also, Independent Living Centers serve as a strong advocacy voice on a wide range of national, state and local issues.

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The Davos Declaration


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Universal Design has been recognized as a green building strategy because it creates lifespan appropriate construction that does not produce the waste or materials and energy consumption of retrofitting. Universal Design has been recognized as central to sustainable development in the Rio Charter on Universal Design for Sustainable and Inclusive Development. It figures fundamentally in the World Bank's Global Partnership for Disability & Development (GPDD) of In addition;

Universal Design is a framework for the design of places, things, information, communication and policy to be usable by the widest range of people operating in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Most simply, Universal Design is human-centered design of everything with everyone in mind.

Universal Design is also called Inclusive Design, Design-for-All and Lifespan Design. It is not a design style but an orientation to any design process that starts with a responsibility to the experience of the user. It has a parallel in the green design movement that also offers a framework for design problem solving based on the core value of environmental responsibility. Universal Design and green design are comfortably two sides of the same coin but at different evolutionary stages. Green design focuses on environmental sustainability, Universal Design on social sustainability.

(Source: Adaptive Environments )

Now the conergence has been made stronger as the UNWTO releases the Davos Declaration emphasizing tourism's obligation to protect the environment in the face of climate change:

"UNWTO Assistant Secretary-General Geoffrey Lipman said that “We know that the solutions for climate change and for poverty are interrelated...."

The Uniteed Nations reports that India has ratified the UN convention on rights of disabled.

Age-Friendly Guide

The WHO book on active aging for has now been released. It is available from WHO Press here.

Population ageing and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing. Older people are a resource for their families, communities and economies in supportive and enabling living environments. WHO regards active ageing as a lifelong process shaped by several factors that, alone and acting together, favour health, participation and security in older adult life. Informed by WHO's approach to active ageing, the purpose of this Guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity.

By working with groups in 33 cities in all WHO regions, WHO has asked older people in focus groups to describe the advantages and barriers they experience in eight areas of city living. In most cities, the reports from older people were complemented by evidence from focus groups of caregivers and service providers in the public, voluntary and private sectors. The results from the focus groups led to the development of a set of age-friendly city checklists presented in this guide.

"Home to an estimated 70 million disabled people, India will ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Monday." Read the full story at Disability News India:


It's too late for their first conference but there is bound to be more coming from this group. See the English version of the AAPTA site here:



I have not spoken to the instructor, Leslie Robinson, at the Tourism Train the Trainer Institute at the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada but I like her approach. It would seem inevtitably to lead to open-mindedness about Inclusive Tourism:

We teach tourism differently

We use simulations and experiential learning to engage participants. We keep them doing, thinking, feeling, smelling, tasting, and hearing tourism while still in the classroom.

Our curriculum activates sound learning theory and national occupational standards stimulating learning while having fun…all in easy to use formats… at reasonable rates…

Energize your classes!

More information:

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Disabled People's International in Thailand has published the revised schedule for the 2007 International Conference on Accessible Tourism. It will be held in Bangkok November 22-24.

The conference description below itemizes the emergence of a strong policy framework to undergirds this regional movement for Inclusive Tourism. It is a sign of transition into a new phase of maturity of the market that the Thai government, UNESCAP, and industry are collaborating on this event. Organizers hope to continue the momentum with emphasis on a rights-bsaed approach to disability issues.

It is also a reminder that we have a little farther to go in inter-regional coordination -- that we scheduled ICAT 2007 in Thailand at the same time that ENAT scheduled the ENAT Congress European Congress on Inclusive Tourism in Valencia, Spain! Wouldn't it be nice if the real reason for the calendaring pileup were that there was now such a groundswell of interest in the topic that the collision was unavoidable?

We will organize the [ICAT 2007] Conference along with the Ministry of Tourism and Sport, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, UNESCAP and Disabled Peoples’ International Asia Pacific (DPI-AP). The Conference aims at the promotion of accessible tourism in the region as a way to enhance the implementation of the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action towards an Inclusive, Barrier-free and Rights –based Society for Persons with Disabilities (BMF), Biwako Plus Five and the Plan of Action for Sustainable Tourism Development in Asia and the Pacific (phase II 2006-2012) focusing on access to built environments and public transport and training and employment including self-employment.