May 29, 2004

Inclusive Travel Trend Makes the Wisconsin News

This is the first mainstream article I have read on an increasingly common trend -- the convergence of universal design in home construction and the design of recreational lodging and vacation properties.

Here is documentation that movements in transgenerational home design, aging-in-place, home vistability, and inclusive travel have proven their economic sustainability.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel carries a well-researched piece by Rick Rommell entitled, Lowering Travel Barriers

In Wisconsin, demand is high for single cabins in three state parks and a state forest that feature roll-in showers, kitchens with low counters and hospital beds with lifts. More severely disabled people get preference when making reservations.

"Right now we're sold June, July and August - every day," Heather Wolf, ranger assistant manager at Buckhorn State Park, Necedah, said of the accessible cabin there.

Noteworthy is the well-deserved prominence that the Microtel hotel chain receives for its adoption of universal design.

Microtel has taken a leadership stance in the field of inclusive travel by envisioning universal design in its broadest meaning. They have adopted the understanding, put forward by Adaptive Environments and concretized in "Designing for the 21st Century III" that universal design includes the way services are delivered. Consultants at AC Duke Associates deserve recognition for shaping Microtel's industry leading service orientation.

The article goes on to mention the experience of specialized travel agencies, Bed & & Breakfasts, etc. that have arisen to fill the gap until universal design becomes - excuse the redundancy - universal.

The complete article is available at: http://www.jsonline.com/bym/news/may04/229893.asp


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