Blog-to-Blog We Open Up the Outdoors to People with Disabilities!


One of the newest bright spots on the scene for those of us championing inclusion in outdoor tourism is the emergence of blogs by our researcher experts working in English.

Among the former is Dr Simon Darcy with his Accessible Tourism Research blog:


A colleague, Scott Rains of the Rolling Rains Report, alerted me to the Snow Mountains accessible tourism resources (Snowy Mountains Regional Tourism Association, 2010). What Scott didn't know was that the resources are an excellent example of operationalising previous research and value adding through new research.

The resources were developed as part of the Australian Accessible Alpine Tourism project (Dickson & Hurrell, 2008).The Alpine Accessible Tourism Project was funded under Ausindustry's Australian Tourism Development Program and was co-ordinated by Disabled WinterSport Australia (DWA). The project built on DWA's 30 years of providing snow sport experiences and sought to develop, document, market and promote accessible summer tourism experiences. Within a participatory action research (Denzin & Lincoln, 2003) (Laws, 1995; Ritchie & Crouch, 2002)

Most important is his detailed knowledge and dissemination of the methodology involved. See it discussed here and replicate it in your region:

Access Tourism New Zealand is where Dr Sandra Rhodda gathers relevant stories from around the world - with and emphasis on developments in New Zealand. See for example this report on rail transport in Aukland:

Auckland's newest railway station has won high praise from blind and partially-sighted people.   "The Newmarket station's only one week old and so it's great to get such positive feedback from the blind community so early on. They are an important part of Newmarket and so we're delighted they've give the station the thumbs up," says Cameron Brewer, chief executive of the Newmarket Business Association.

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