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26/12/2009 2010 Legacies Now: Measuring Up (Accessible Communities, British Columbia)
Measuring Up is a programme established by the 2010 Legacies Now association which aims to foster opportunities for the active engagement, participation and contribution of persons with disabilities in their communities. Measuring Up is a process to help communities assess and improve local accessibility and inclusion for persons with disabilities and others including older persons, parents pushing baby carriages, tourists carrying luggage, and people with injuries. By increasing accessible employment opportunities and improving public spaces, recreation facilities, restaurants and shops, Measuring Up is assisting communities to become more accessible and inclusive, so everyone can benefit. Since its development in 2007, Measuring Up has grown from eight communities involved to include over 100 communities across the province. Eighty-eight of these communities received grants totalling $1.86 million from the Measuring Up Accessibility and Inclusion Fund (Measuring Up Fund), established with financial support from the Province of BC’s Ministry of Housing and Social Development.
Keyword(s): Accessibility auditing | Accessibility information, access guides | Architecture, design and planning | Buildings and facilities design, maintenance | Design Guidelines, Design-for-All | Education, training | Employment, working conditions | Management of tourist venues and attractions | Policy, legislation | Publishing | Retail | Special services for disabled visitors | Standards
26/12/2009 2010 Legacies Now: Accessible Tourism (British Columbia)
2010 Legacies Now, the Province of BC, Tourism BC, and numerous partners are working to help make BC a premier travel destination for people with disabilities. Using the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a catalyst, the Accessible Tourism Strategy aims to establish BC as a global leader in accessible tourism, and help to create lasting legacies in BC communities. Through a dedicated programme developed by 2010 Legacies Now, tourism businesses can determine how accessible they are for people with disabilities by participating in an accessibility assessment. 2010 Legacies Now and its partners can then recommend steps to improve accessibility. Often, it only takes simple, inexpensive changes to make businesses accessible for thousands more travellers. Businesses rated accessible for visitors with mobility, visual or hearing impairments will receive icons displaying this information. These positive ratings can be used in marketing the businesses to travellers worldwide.
Keyword(s): Accessibility auditing | Accessibility information, access guides | Accommodation services | Age-related issues, (seniors) | Attractions | Buildings and facilities design, maintenance | Cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs | Customer relations | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Education, training | Employment, working conditions | Hotel management, hotel business | Information and Communication Technologies | Management of tourist venues and attractions | Museums and galleries | Natural Phenomena | Nature holidays | Nature parks | Publishing | Special services for disabled visitors | Sports | Staff training | Theme parks, leisure parks and water parks | Tourist information services
26/12/2009 The Accessible Road - La Route Accessible
The Accessible Road is: a tourist guide specifically designed to promote accessible tourism to people with restricted physical abilities; a window to nine of Québec’s tourist regions: Abitibi Témiscamingue, Eastern Townships, Chaudière-Appalaches, Laval, Montérégie, Montréal, Outaouais, Québec, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean; more than 100 cultural and tourist establishments whose facilities are adapted for safety and universal accessibility: hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, heritage sites, museums, artistic institutions, tourist information centres and outdoor sites. More than 650 people certified under Kéroul’s Welcoming Ways training program to ensure visitors are treated hospitably; an interactive online tourist map to help users plan vacations filled with fascinating stopovers, unforgettable getaways, enriching tours and spectacular shows. Kéroul is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make tourism and culture accessible to people with restricted physical abilities. In addition, Kéroul is the key consultant to the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec in matters concerning accessibility.
Language(s): FR | EN
Keyword(s): Accessibility information, access guides | Accommodation services | Adventure | Attractions | Cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs | Hospitality | Hotel management, hotel business | Information and Communication Technologies | Location-based services | Management of tourist venues and attractions | Publishing | Social tourism | Special services for disabled visitors | Staff training | Theme parks, leisure parks and water parks | Tourist information services