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05/02/2010 Calling for Reviewers to Comment on Indian Accessible Tourism Report

Indian Non-Governmental Organisation, Svayam, requests experts and stakeholders to give their comments on a Draft Research Study on Problems and Prospects of Accessible Tourism in India. This is the first study of its kind commissioned by the Indian Government. 0 comments

05/02/2010 Featured Member: JPS Tours, Belgium Offers Adapted Tours in Flanders Fields

From 1914 to 1918 the 'Westhoek', West-Flanders, was the scene of the Great War. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers of more than 20 nationalities fell in this conflict. After the often pointless battles and vast destruction, the Westhoek rose from its ashes. Today the Westhoek wants to spread a message of peace to visitors from all over the world. 0 comments

25/01/2010 UK Government Launches Accessible Tourism Guidance for Businesses in Preparation for London Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2012

Margaret Hodge, Member of Parliament and Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Sport launched today a leaflet setting out the advantages for businesses of preparing themselves to welcome both domestic and foreign visitors with access needs at the forthcoming London Olympic and Paralympic Games. 0 comments

25/01/2010 UK's TourismSouthEast Podcast on Accessibility for Business

TourismSouthEast in the United Kingdom reviews some of the ways in which businesses can invest to make their facilities and services accessible for all. For relatively small costs it is possible to offer accommodation that is suitable for everybody. The podcast offers tips and advice to help businesses tap into the accessible tourism market, worth some 40 billion pounds a year. 0 comments

21/01/2010 Arona, Tenerife, Launches Tourist Information in Braille at FITUR Trade Fair

The council in Arona, in the south of Tenerife, have come up with a unique way to set out their wares at FITUR, Spain's major tourism trade fair which begins today in Madrid. 0 comments

02/01/2010 ENAT Honorary Member, Dr. Scott Rains is New Mobility Magazine's "Person of the Year, 2009"

American lifestyle magazine, New Mobility, has named Dr. Scott Rains "Person of the Year, 2009". This special recognition goes to Dr. Rains "...for all he does to ensure that people with disabilities can boldly go where everyone else has gone before - and beyond..."! Congratulations, Scott, from the ENAT Members! 0 comments

Project Item

05/02/2010 ITTI - Improving Accessibility Through Training In Tourism

The main aim of the project ITTI is to improve accessibility of tourism services through tailored training for tourism employees on working with disabled and elderly guests, and to increase the competitiveness of tourism facilities and tourism workers on the labour market. 0 comments

ENAT Library Item

25/01/2010 Accessible Tourism: Making it Work for Your Business

No sensible person in business makes life more difficult for their customers. The most successful businesses make life easier. The information in this leaflet will make both your life easier and your business more successful.  

23/01/2010 European Disability Forum Comments on AFNOR Feasibility Study on Accessibility to Tourism and Transport Services to Disabled People

EDF considers that the developments of terminology and classification standards are necessary in these areas as a pre-requisite for any future initiative on access to transport and tourism services. Clarifying the definition of disability on one hand, and of accessibility to transport and tourism services on the other, is crucial. EDF underlines the importance of basing all standardisation initiatives on the social model of disability and on a human rights approach.  

23/01/2010 ANEC Comments on AFNOR Feasibility Study on Accessibility to Tourism and Transport Services to Disabled People

ANEC considers that a European horizontal legislative framework should be established to cover the safety and quality of all tourism and transport services. Such a framework should apply also to more vulnerable consumers, such as children or older persons. This framework should be underpinned by formal standards. Moreover, ANEC stresses the need for CEN to put in place an effective strategy to ensure the balanced involvement of all relevant stakeholder groups in the development of any standards in this field, and in particular to ensure the involvement of organisations representing disabled or older persons.  

14/01/2010 Accessible Tourism: European Union and United Nations Policy on The Accessibility of Disabled People to Travel, Tourist Accommodation and Venues

More than half a billion persons in the world are disabled as a result of mental, physical or sensory impairment. The right of disabled persons to participate fully in the social life and development of their societies and to enjoy living conditions equal to those of other citizens, as well as to share equally in the improvements in living conditions resulting from social and economic development has been largely recognized by international and european union resolutions. This right is closely related to the accessibility of the disabled to transport and tourist destinations. In this paper we focus on the initiatives undertaken by the European Union and the United Nations on accessible tourism. These initiatives are based on two elements: The first is to make real improvements at tourist destinations by implementing improved standards in tourist and travelling infrastructure and the second is to make information about the accessibility of tourist destinations widely available to the tourist industry and its customers. Both elements imply the involvement of tourist authorities, travel agencies, hotels, voluntary organizations and others involved in organizing recreational activities or travel opportunities, who should offer their services to all, taking into account the special needs of persons with disabilities.  

30/12/2009 The Semiotics of Accessibility and the Cultural Construction of Disability

This paper draws on the observations of an international college student with an upper socio-economic background from Kenya who, prior to graduate work in the United States, had almost no contact with people with physical disabilities. The paper explores the construction of accessibility and disability on a college campus as viewed from a semiotic perspective through a research project that was conducted with a student with physical disabilities who used a motorized wheel chair. The paper contrasts an initial reaction to the freedom of accessibility the person with disability appears to have in the United States with the reality of a case study of a wheel-chair confined student. The commentary considers how signs of accessibility (such as the ramp sign) operate at three levels: (1) the iconic (signifying access or a way in/out); (2) indexical (as a marker of a society accessible by all citizens, even those with disabilities); and (3) symbolic (as a representation of freedom of movement, convenience, and inclusion). At this third symbolic level, the paper suggests that the ramp, when inconveniently though legally located, represents confinement, inconvenience, restriction of freedom, and a sense of censored access. The paper also examines ways that a person can be "dis-abled" by a culture through denial of a person's abilities or "enabled" and empowered.  

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