Friday, September 25, 2009

Travel agents advised to make websites accessible

Travel Agent Central has this article on making websites accessible to people with disabilities.
The article is really written for the most part as a warning to agents about the opirfalls of ignoring accessibility standards. Why not emphasize the positive of additonal customers? yeah I know new business is not nearly as attention grabbing as the threat of financial consequences. Whatever works, I suppose to get the accessibility. It does incldue the follwoing statement:
Indeed, by achieving website accessibility for disabled customers, travel agencies can offer services to individuals who would otherwise seek out competing businesses who offer more accommodating services and invites the greatest amount of user traffic and potential revenue opportunities.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Inspirational video crossing ahead

I recommend you watch the following video by Arwen Bird, connect with it and use it to connect with others. It might be especially useful for those who just don't get the issue of access for everyone:

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New bus service from VA to NYC, DC can handle travelers with disabilities

Residents  of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia have a new way they can get to some east coast destinations.
Sprinterbus has launched express bus service to New York and will soon begin service tio Washington .

Says this article from 
"Sprinterbuses offer nonstop service on coach-style buses with free wireless Internet and AC outlets in every seat at ... discount prices. Buses include a table at the rear and guaranteed seats with reservations."

Sunday, September 06, 2009

18 of 34 Osoyoss tourist businesses rate 0 on accessibility

Some businesses in Osoyoss, British Columbia have some work to do before they can enjoy the benefits of serving tourists with disabilities.
Of 34 businesses recently audited for accessibility, 18 received a ranking of zero.
The survey was part of 2010 Legacies Now's mandate to promote tourism in British Columbia leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Richard Molyneux, a co-director for 2010 Legacies Now’s disabilities initiative, said the business who scored poorly will be advised them about how they can improve accessibility and where to get the money to make improvements.
“They may never have thought about disabilities before,” Molyneuz said. “We don’t want them to be scared of disabilities, we want them to embrace it because it’s good for business.”
Photo of Osoyoos Lake vu de la French Hill.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Funding issue popping up for free buses in UK

Free bus travel for seniors and people with disabilities in the UK is running into funding difficulties.

An example of the problem is provided by these words of frustration expressed by City of Lincoln council Leader Darren Grice on
"Free bus travel is a good idea that has benefited millions of older and disabled people across the country and one the council supports. But until the scheme is funded fairly and efficiently it will continue to be a major source of difficulty for whoever administers it."
Photo by Kenn Kiser via 

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Australian stranded in India after spinal injury

Typically this blog is discussing people who have had a disability before they decide to travel.
The story of George Dobson is a little different.
The Australian had a hiking accident while in India. He suffered spinal injuries that left him without the use of his arms and legs. He's stranded in a hospital there with his family working to get him home.
Says Therese Dobson, George's ex-wife,:

"He's coming to terms with what's happened psychologically as well, so we're just trying to reassure him. We're holding strong at the moment. Our focus is on getting him back and we can't afford to drop our bundle."
The family has setup a website describing George's plight and soliciting donations.