Monday, May 15, 2006

Not quite access to all areas

Jane Cameron continues to enjoy family travel even after one of her children became disabled. Here's how the Camerons got to the point where they still enjoy vacation trips, albeit sometimes different than what they might have done before. Cameron also includes some interesting insights into the future of the disabled traveler industry, such as: "Until major tour operators decide that the disabled market is worth wooing, it will remain difficult for families like ours to choose a suitable and affordable holiday. Given the diverse prosperity of countries worldwide, it is understandable that there are no international standards for wheelchair access. But travel companies could easily make clear in brochures and on websites what disabled facilities are offered. They should say what access is, or is not, available at airports, hotels and places of interest. Disability is a broad school: that transfer buses don't offer wheelchair access may be a major problem to one person and not to another. Simply ignoring disabled facilities is no solution."


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