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By Michele Simões :

A little over a year I rediscovered what it was like to feel like myself, walking the streets, meeting people and making the world my own om wheels. It changed my outlook on disability. 

Each new happiness was shared on Wheelchair Travelers' Guide (Guia do Viajante Cadeirante), where through messages and "likes" I could gain strength and move ahead

How could it not be so? Through the site where I've met so many cool people a new invitation came.

October 4 my travel destination will be Montreal in Canada where I will study more and explore a place totally unknown to me.

The butterflies in my stomach and anxiety are part of the baggage I'll carry but the desire for unforgettable stories makes this all even more exciting. 

So, follow me to Canada?

PhotoAbility Sampler

Clips from a presentation on Inclusion tourism with news commentary in Nepali.


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In 2011 my friend, Brazilian psychologist Marta Alencar, visited Nepal.She has a project that introduces people to mobility impairments in a unique way. She created an imaginary character named Tina Descolada who is a doll in a wheelchair. ( Marta created a heartfelt slideshow for me to include in some of my presentations next week. You will find it here:

Soft Wheels

End Discrimination

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the nose reads "BLACK OR WHITE: It's Time To End Discrimination." Further down there is additional text, in smaller print, white text on black fur. It reads: "Guide dogs are allowed into cafes and restaurants. Deny them access and you're breaking the law." Opposite the text, where the dog has white fur, is a logo of a dog wearing a harness with the word "Guide Dogs" and the website

Recommendations on Accessible Tourism

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

For individuals with disabilities, travel and tourism can be an empowering experience. UNWTO is convinced that travel facilitation for people with disabilities is a vital element of any responsible and sustainable tourism development policy.

Download your own copy of UNWTO's recently updated Recommendations on Accessible Tourism here: 

Learn more about UNWTO's accessible tourism work here:
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

 For individuals with disabilities, travel and tourism can be an empowering experience. 

UNWTO is convinced that travel facilitation for people with disabilities is a vital element of any responsible and sustainable tourism development policy. 

Download your own copy of UNWTO's recently updated Recommendations on Accessible Tourism here: 

Learn more about UNWTO's accessible tourism work here:

Tomorrow is the European Day of People with Disabilities including a 2-day conference by the European Commission. This year's focus is on accessible tourism. 

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Also: the winning city of the Access City Award for 2014 will be announced.

She's not a hero.

Not an inspiration.

Just a citizen.

Follow a very normal woman doing something very normal - traveling freely across her own country.

From Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

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What are your personal experiences with traveling overseas? 
Where did you go? Was it accessible? What kind of challenges did you encounter? 

Sharing your personal travel experiences with Senators will help them understand the issues citizens with disabilities encounter when traveling and living overseas. Let's give them REAL STORIES to share with fellow Senators and others who may not support the CRPD. If you haven't traveled overseas and would like to, what are some of your concerns?

Email your story to us at I'd also like an open discussion here on Facebook.. So, let's talk about it! 

We heard Rep. Tammy Duckworth talk about how veterans and others have been told to store their artificial limbs in overhead bins during flights from overseas. She mentioned in her testimony issues concerning military families with special needs. And, we've heard about common issues such as no ramps, elevators, etc. 

What are your personal experiences and what are your concerns?

O envelhecimento da população, o aumento dos casos de violência somados aos casos de deficiência congênita, provocaram uma pressão social por adaptações e adequações tanto arquitetônicas quanto atitudinais. O debate tornou-se intenso e o envolvimento das próprias pessoas com deficiência tornou-se mais expressivo, exigindo mudanças rápidas. 

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Assim, discutir e praticar a inclusão social deixou de ser algo meramente teórico! Setores antes isolados e considerados complementares começaram a ser estudados para garantir um amplo acesso desse segmento, sendo esse o momento em que o setor da hospitalidade se encontra. Apesar do número de turistas com deficiência não ser alto, a frequência vem aumentando, não podendo esquecer-se do efeito multiplicador, já que esse público costuma viajar acompanhado. 

Porém, apesar do potencial, ainda é um setor pouco explorado, existindo uma ampla área de crescimento, mas que exige conhecimento e especialização dos profissionais e empresas, o que perpassa pelo contato com as pessoas com deficiência e familiares, além da disseminação de informações, sendo esse o objetivo principal desse livro. Boa Leitura!

Publishing house: Novas Edições Acadêmicas


By (author) : Bruna C. Mendes

Number of pages: 180

Published on: 2013-10-02

Price: 41.90 €

Keywords: Turismo, Hospitalidade, Pessoas com Deficiência, Inclusão Social

Buy it here:

Wheelchair Travel - The Video

On September 26th the U.S. Access Board issued new accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas developed by the federal government. The guidelines provide detailed specifications for accessible trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes and other components of outdoor developed areas when newly built or altered. They also provide exceptions for situations where terrain and other factors make compliance impracticable.

"The Board is eager to release these guidelines, which were long in the making, to explain how access to the great outdoors can be achieved," states Access Board Chair Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA. "The greatest challenge in developing these guidelines was balancing what's needed for accessibility against what's possible in natural environments with limited development."

Requirements for trails, outdoor recreation access routes, and beach access routes address surface characteristics, width, and running and cross slopes. Exceptions are included for these and other provisions under certain conditions stipulated in the guidelines. Departures are allowed where compliance is not practicable because of terrain or prevailing construction practices. Exceptions are also recognized where compliance would conflict with mandates such as the Endangered Species Act and other laws or where it would fundamentally alter a site's function or purpose.

The guidelines originate from recommendations prepared by an advisory panel chartered by the Board, the Outdoor Developed Areas Regulatory Negotiation Committee. They were made available for public comment twice and finalized according to the feedback received. The rule applies only to national parks and other federal sites, but the Board plans to follow-up with rulemaking to address non-federal sites under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at a later date.

"The Board is moving ahead to issue the guidelines first for federal sites out of expediency," explains Braitmayer. "In developing its guidelines, the Board must assess and aggregate their impacts. The Board was able to complete the necessary assessment on sites in the federal sector, but will require more time to analyze the impacts on the broader range of sites controlled by state and local governments covered by the ADA."

The rule applies to federal agencies that develop outdoor areas for recreational purposes, including the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation. The new requirements will become mandatory on November 25, 2013 as part of the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards, which apply to facilities that are built, altered, or leased with federal funds.

The Board will conduct a public webinar on the new rule on October 17 from 2:30 to 4:00 (ET). To register for this free webinar, visit

For further information on the rule, visit the Board's website or contact Bill Botten at 272-0014 (v), or (202) 272-0073 (TTY).


The special edition of Design for All India (September 2013) on Inclusive Tourism in Brazil in time for FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Rio Games 2016. Edited by Regina Cohen of UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro.


RTEmagicC_Contrassegno_Europeo_Disabili_fronte_jpgI possessori di pass auto per disabili dovranno sostituire il vecchio contrassegno con quello in formato europeo, presentandosi personalmente all'Assessorato al Traffico e alla Mobilità del Comune di Lecce, in viale Rossini 110. Scadenza prevista per lunedì 30 settembre.

E' in arrivo, infatti, il "Cude" Contrassegno Unificato Disabili Europeo destinato ai cittadini disabili. L'adeguamento alle normative europee da parte del Comune di Lecce prevede il rinnovo per i pass disabili convertendo gli stessi nel formato europeo. Un passaggio che consentirà ai cittadini con invalidità di parcheggiare negli appositi spazi a loro riservati su tutto il territorio dell'Unione Europea. Il Contrassegno Unificato Disabili Europeo (Cude) rappresenta un passo avanti per il diritto alla circolazione nello spazio europeo.

Il nuovo tagliando, identificato dal simbolo internazionale dell'accessibilità bianco su fondo azzurro, che consente la sosta ed il riconoscimento dei veicoli delle persone diversamente abili, cambia oltre che colore, la forma e prevede anche, a differenza del precedente, la fotografia e firma del titolare sul retro del contrassegno. La nuova norma - che impone, dunque, al proprietario del contrassegno di essere presente al momento della firma - servirà anche per evitare l'uso improprio degli stessi.

Per eventuali chiarimenti è possibile contattare il Front - Office del settore Mobilità e Traffico del Comune di Lecce ai seguenti numeri telefonici 0832 230782 - 0832 682786.

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