The SCI-BC Accessible Travel Guide E-Book and Videos Add to Inclusive Travel's Promotion

A new Accessible Travel Project launches for the holiday season launched just in time for the holiday season, the Accessible Travel Project aims to help people with physical disabilities overcome any fears or apprehensions they may have about air travel.

The Accessible Travel Project includes nine travel tutorial videos with instructions to guide people through each step of 

traveling by air, from checking-in, to getting through security, to transferring onto an aisle chair.

The videos were created by Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC), a not-for-profit dedicated to helping people with physical disabilities adjust, adapt and thrive in their communities. According to Statistics Canada, 11 per cent of Canadians had a physical disability related to mobility, agility or pain in 2006.

"Just because you have a physical disability, it doesn't mean your travel days are over. That's the message we are spreading with this project," says SCI BC's executive director, Chris McBride.

To accompany these videos, SCI BC also created an Accessible Travel Guide, which people can read online or download as a PDF for more detailed accessible travel tips and resources.

All these travel tips were collected from a panel of expert travelers with physical disabilities. Collectively, they have explored more than 80 countries spanning every single continent over the past few decades.

The Accessible Travel Project lives at www.sci-bc.ca/travel, where people can watch the travel tutorial videos, view and download the Accessible Travel Guide in E-Book form, read travel tips and stories written by people who have disabilities, and even share their own stories to be published online.

"Traveling with a disability can be extremely intimidating, especially for the newly injured. Our goal with the Accessible Travel Project is to alleviate some of the concerns people with physical disabilities have about travelling, and to allow people who've been there to share their own experiences," says McBride.

About Spinal Cord Injury BC:

Formerly known as the BC Paraplegic Association, Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) is a source of information on living well with a spinal cord injury in British Columbia and has one of the best peer programs in the country. Founded in 1957, SCI BC is dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries--or related physical disabilities--and their families adjust, adapt and thrive in their communities.


For more information contact:
Candice Vallantin, SCI BC communications specialist
Work. 604-326-1203, Cell. 604-710-5216, Email. cvallantin@sci-bc.ca
www.sci-bc.ca, Facebook: SpinalCordInjuryBC, Twitter: @SCI_BC

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