Business Travel in the Sports Industry

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Often the entries here are about leisure travel and disability. Today here is a story about another person with a disability (PwD) in a non traditional job -- and how travel is essential to it:


He spends hours on the football field, but his feet never touch the turf. His specialty is dissecting offenses, but he's never played a down.

Meet Brian Kajiyama, a first-year graduate assistant for Hawaii who was born with cerebral palsy, scoots around in a motorized wheelchair and communicates by typing into a small computer that speaks in a robotic voice.

As a member of the coach June Jones' staff, Kajiyama is responsible for breaking down game film and preparing scouting reports for the defense.

In spite of succumbing to the "brave crip inspires TABs" (look it up) narrative, the story is worth reading as one more reason why Article 9 on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the pent-up consumer demand for accessibility in the travel & hospitality industry is changing the face of travel.

The full story:

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/24/sports/FBC-T25-Sugar-Bowl-Kajiyama.php

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