In 2011 my friend, Brazilian psychologist Marta Alencar, visited Nepal.
She has a project that introduces people to mobility impairments in a unique way. Marta created an imaginary character named Tina Descolada who is a doll in a wheelchair. (http://www.tinadescolada.blogspot.com.br/)
Sh also created a heartfelt slideshow for me to include in some of my presentations next week. You will find it here: http://www.slideshare.net/srains/imagining-a-wheelchairaccessible-nepal-with-tina-descolada
As I prepare or my first trip to Nepal it's the small stuff I'm sweating. The really small stuff.
The clear eye behind this story of crossing cultures with a disability as a woman stopped me in my tracks yesterday. I am in awe of the equanimity and insight that Megan Smith brings to an experience that I am certain I would have reacted o much differently. I m so glad to have stumbled across this gem. Read it!
From May 14 - 23, 2014 I will be traveling through Nepal providing technical assistance to the tourism industry on accommodating travelers with disabilities. I have been researching on the current situation for PwD there.