From National Geographic Traveler magazine: Inclusive Tourism

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Scott Rains has kayaked in Alaska's Glacier Bay, trekked through South Africa and India, and visited Guatemala and New Zealand. He also happens to be a quadriplegic, a fact the 56-year-old campus minister from San Jose, California, hasn't allowed to interfere with an ambitious travel schedule.

Rains has noticed something interesting lately. Other folks his age--the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 and referred to as the baby boom generation--have begun to see things his way.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were ramps for easier access to train cars? Bigger doors to hotel bathrooms that accommodated a wheelchair? Audiovisual paging systems for the hard of hearing?

Boomers, many of whom came of age holding a protest sign, are joining forces with disability and senior groups to add muscle to the cause of increased accessibility in travel. "They don't intend to let hip replacements and insulin shots stop them from traveling," says Rains. "Nor will they be pandered to, stigmatized, or written off."

Rains and his generation are part of a growing movement. Retiring 60-somethings have more time to travel, which has increased demand for accessible accommodations.


Full article:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/the-insider/baby-boomers/?goback=.gmr_1725467.gde_1725467_member_65156729

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