For decades the traditional sales pitch for Universal Design has included "and ramps help those pushing baby strollers/prams..."
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The special Inclusive Tourism issue of India's Success and Ability magazine features the article "What is Inclusive Tourism" by Scott Rains.
Read about the achievements and potential for Inclusive Tourism in India - and dream about making a trip there.
The full issue is available for download as .pdf here:
Success & Ability.pdf
"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." ~ Kenneth Grahame
Except maybe reflecting on it afterwards!
Below are links to each Rolling Rains post on exploring Glacier Bay, Alaska. Starting with:
Cruising in Alaska
"The glory of God is humankind fully alive." ~ St. Irenaeus
As I hurriedly prepared for this trip an expected theme formed in my mind around the word "transfers." I anticipated movement from wheelchair to plane, plane to ship, ship to kayak and through it all movement further from daily patterns. What remains with me are still life vignettes and moments outlined against the movement of time. The transfers I recall in retrospect are more substantial than the simply physical.
Awe is the healthy human response to the expansive beauty of wilderness such as Glacier Bay, Alaska. It was evident in my shipmates aboard Sea Wolf. Curiosity, joy, gratitude, resolve, and camaraderie further marked the voyage as a time outside the ordinary.
This trip was the co-creation of all who set up the conditions for it to unfold. The foresight of Sea Wolf owner Kimber Owen who adapted the ship for wheelchair access set up the equalizing environment. The selection of wildlife-viewing sites was expert. The skill of the crew and the humanity of all who shared the trip made it easier to feel fully alive.
Even with huge grizzlies and powerful mountain goats, fluking whales and racing Dahl's Porpoises I leave holding onto the image a pair of hands that look like mine -- thin, curled, weak -- helping me put on a borrowed pair of gloves. What in another place appears only to be weak is what revealed the invincible resiliency of interdependence. Weakness exposed to weakness.
Awe is a healthy human response to a human fully alive. Disability is a medium of revelation. Glory in paradox.
The seed is here at Adaptive Environments:
Universal Design is also called Inclusive Design, Design-for-All and Lifespan Design. It is not a design style but an orientation to any design process that starts with a responsibility to the experience of the user. It has a parallel in the green design movement that also offers a framework for design problem solving based on the core value of environmental responsibility. Universal Design and green design are comfortably two sides of the same coin but at different evolutionary stages. Green design focuses on environmental sustainability, Universal Design on social sustainability.
Two expressions, growing out of Designing for the 21st Century in Rio de Janeiro, are the documents, The Rio Charter on Universal Design for Sustainable and Inclusive Development and 2004 Rio Declaration on Sustainable Social Development, Disability & Ageing.
Now it appears that the American public might almost be ready to hear the message. Living on Earth interviewed Professor Daniel Esty, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. A study undertaken by his center finds that, "A new survey shows that 63 percent of Americans are as concerned about climate change as they are about terrorism."
Pollo Patagonico is a prolific visual artist with a disability. He contributes his work at http://www.flickr.com/groups/rollingrains/. His latest post, Sin Ideas | Without Ideas turns his sense of boredom into a clever demonstration of his photo animation skill.
I, on the other hand, am longing for something approaching boredom after back-to-back trips to:
Below is a list of recent Rolling Rains articles exploring Universal Design, Inclusive Destination Development, Disability, and Travel.
- Waking Up to a Changed Travel Market
- Defining the Market of Travelers with Disabilities
- The Six Knows of Preparing to Travel
The quality of the travel experience is an underlying theme at this site.
Author Phil Cousineau, in his book The Art of Pilgrimage offers an excercise in attending to and recalling one's travel. He suggested to a friend that he write a poem each day while on the road. While that proved impractical for his friend it was something he did during one week of the journey.
To this day, his memories of that time are the fondest of all his travels because, as he has told me, "When everything is a possible poem, the word is suddenly more interesting."
This past week:
If there's a trick to soulful travel, it is learning to see for yourself. The difference between pilgrim and tourist is the intention of attention; the quality of curiosity.
from: The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau
This week - Some who serve with attentiveness and some whose diservice caught our attention:
Topics appearing this week ranged from new sites, through news cites, and on to spiritual insights.
We rolled through another week. Here are the bullet points:
· Tips on how to file a complaint against an airline
· Figures on disability from Microsoft and on the ageing of Boomers from Harry Wolfe
· A dissertation on disability and the hospitality industry
· Notes on Japan’s tourism campaign
· The Curb Cut Learning site
· A classic article on blogging
· The US Disability Rights Movement exhibit at the Smithsonian
· More insight into what it takes to create inclusive travel
· Universal Design from the perspective of Ron Mace
Reflection on the week's Rolling Rains Report posts is a ritual I look forward to. This past week these items appeared in Rolling Rains Review. The most fun I had was speaking to Tourism Board rpresentatives from around the world at the Bay Area Travel Show:
I had every intention of writing a weekly reflection. That is, until I heard Joseph Shapiro's story on Ginny Thornburgh at National Organization on Disability. For a thoughtful and moving story that illustrates many of the values explored here I encourage you to read -- or listen to -- Joseph's moving piece Making Churches Accessible: Activist Asks Houses of Worship to Open Their Doors
Ideas fly through this narrow strip of Blogspace like quarks in a linear accelerator. Come the weekend, I usually realize that they have about the same half-life as their real-life analogs.
Now, someone with a more scientific bent would examine these ideas as data. They would look for patterns. Then they would form a theory. They would test it.
I’m an educator and a writer; a part-time theologian. And it seems that I alternate between one identity or the other. Most weeks I plan classes and events. I place items in order for action. I deal in lists. If an idea is good, it shows up on next week’s Action List.
This week offered a particularly rich feast for intellectual action. Today gratitude -- for another week received and well-lived -- calls for a simpler act. Remembrance:
Next week’s Action List?