Friday, May 13, 2005

From disaster, opportunity

Scott Rains of is back from last week’s accessible tourism conference in Taipei. If you went away to college or even summer camp you know that getting a roommate can be a crap shoot. But Scott hit the jackpot. His roomy for the conference, Dr. Edwin Fahmi, is the man in charge of rebuilding Aceh province in Indonesia. Fahmi has five years and $36 million to rebuild the place, “literally from the ground up,” Scott says. Fahmi is urgently looking for "case studies of similar large-scale barrier-free site-building, actionable plans and contacts." If you have any suggestions, you can pass them along to Scott at Imagine an almost complete rebuild of a major tourist area, with inclusive access features included every “non-step” of the way. Quoting Scott, “This is too good an opportunity to spread accessible infrastructure to pass up.”


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