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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.  

22/12/2009 Opportunities and Benefits of Accessible Tourism for All: Experiences in Germany

Lecture given by ENAT Member, Dr. Peter Neumann, Department of Geography, WWU Münster, Germany.  

22/12/2009 Cooperation and Competitiveness in European Tourism for All

Presentation by Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director of ENAT, at the "Accessi Tourisme Simposium. Building Accessible Destinations", Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.  

02/12/2009 Accessible Tourism. Good Practice Guide, Catalonia

This Guide presents a selection of 19 destinations which offer a full range of adapted tourist resources so that everyone has the chance to enjoy Catalonia's important cultural heritage, its impressive landscapes, its rich gastronomy, and even sporting activities.  

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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

28/12/2009 Dr. Simon Darcy Opens New Blog on "Accessible Tourism Research"

With thousands of blogs appearing on the Web every minute, it takes something special to make any single one of them stand out from the crowd. For those interested in research on accessible tourism, Dr. Simon Darcy's new blog on Accessible Tourism Research holds significant promise of making research findings more accessible to everyone. Also, it can help to shape the international agenda of research and development in this growing and diverse field of study. 1 comments

18/12/2009 DisabledGo and OpenBritain Unite to Provide more Holiday Choices for Disabled People

OpenBritain is set to become the UK's premier information service on accessible tourism as the two leading brands for disability information, OpenBritain and DisabledGo, come together, with over 50,000 inspected venues being supplied by DisabledGo to the www.openbritain.net website. 0 comments

17/12/2009 ATHENA project introduction at the workshop of Middle European Group for Integration

International debate about accessible tourism and ATHENA project in Czech Republic. 0 comments

02/12/2009 Scandic Hotel Chain Increases Commitment to Disabled Guests

With the UN’s International Day of Disabled Persons on Thursday 3 December, Scandic is continuing its commitment to disabled guests, not least through a new service on the website where all the chain’s hotels report exactly what aids and facilities they offer guests with a disability. During 2010, Scandic is also building 150 new rooms for disabled guests. 1 comments

15/11/2009 New Website on Access Tourism in New Zealand

A new website on Access Tourism in New Zealand and worldwide has been born, writes ENAT Member, Sandra Rhodda. 0 comments

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02/12/2009 Accessi Tourisme Project

Within the framework of of the European Union's Operational Programme of Territorial Cooperation between Spain, France and Andorra 2007-2013 (Interreg IV A), the project Accessi Tourisme is a triennial project of cross-border cooperation on Accessible Tourism, between the Department of Turisme de Catalonia and its conterparts, the Departmental Committee of Eastern Pyrenees Tourism, and the Elsa Fundació NGO. 0 comments

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