"National Tourist Organisations in Europe: Online Accessibility Benchmarking Report, 2011"
In 2011 ENAT made the first survey of the accessibility of 39 European National Tourist Organisations' websites. "Web accessibility" refers to the design and technical features of websites that determine whether people with physical or sensory impairments can actually read and use the site. A second survey has examined whether these websites provide accessibility information for disabled visitors, seniors and others with particular access requirements - and if so, what kinds of information they offer.
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08/09/2009 Council of Europe Resolution: Achieving Full Participation Through Universal Design. ResAP(2007)3.
Council of Europe Resolution ResAP(2007)3, "Achieving full participation through Universal Design".
This guide, drafted in cooperation with the European Disability Forum(EDF), is one of several initiatives undertaken by the Disability Working Group of the European Standing Conference of Co-operatives Mutual Societies, Associations and Foundations (CEP-CMAF) aimed at raising awareness and promoting the integration of people with disabilities and disability issues in society as a whole and in Social Economy enterprises and organisations in particular.
This Australian research paper presents a methodology for market testing four information formats for the mobility dimension of accessible accommodation. The information formats are based on current practice and proposed information formats. They are: AAA Tourism access icons; Spinal Cord Injury Australia’s representation of Australian Standard 1428; floorplan representation; and virtual tours/OSSATE.
01/11/2008 European Disability Forum Toolkit on (EC) Regulation No 1107/2006 on the rights of disabled air passengers
The toolkit describes the background to the EC Regulation on the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air. Published in February 2007, it is written principally for members of EDF, providing an overview of the regulation and its transition into full effect in July 2008.
VisitBritain National Accessible Scheme Self-Survey for Serviced, Self-Catering, Hostel and Campus Accommodation. This detailed accessibility checklist is used to assess the suitability of premises for participation in the UK National Accessible Scheme which is managed by VisitBritain.
Air Canada announced that as of July 15, 2007, pets must travel as air cargo, not as checked luggage. Service animals without proper documentation may be affected. Other airlines apply their own rules.
31/01/2008 Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook
In Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, two fans of service dogs explain what they are and what it's like to have a dog that's trained to help a disabled person.
An access guide to Tenerife Sur, produced in 2007, covers information bureaux, facilities, transport and accommodations in three languages, Spanish, English, German. 169 pages. It is published by the Municipality of Arona. Arona has taken up the challenge to make its tourist offers available to everyone, including people with disabilities, through the Arona Integral Accessibility Plan.
In times of demographic change and under consideration of the fact that at present 70% of the 46 million handicapped people living in Europe would be able to travel, the importance of ‘Accessible Tourism for All’ comes clear. Therefore, it is the aim of this M.A. thesis to analyse this topic. After a short introduction, the first part deals with the experiences already made with accessible tourism in Europe by presenting certain organisations acting in this field and by giving an overview of their projects. In the second part the actual demand, the existing offer and the positive and negative effects of accessible tourism will be discussed. In the third part the specific travel behaviour of blind and visually impaired people will finally be analysed. In order to gain information on this topic, a survey was carried out among people concerned. This M.A thesis was submitted to University of Paderborn, Germany in the Faculty of Cultural Science - Geography. The thesis is in German.
More than 600 delegates from 36 countries met in Montreal for the 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED), a triennial conference and touchstone for issues related to accessible transportation.
30/10/2007 Guide for Passenger Terminal Accessibility
Guidelines by the Canadian Transportation Agency to help air, rail and ferry terminal operators implement the provisions of the Canadian Code of Practice on Passenger Terminal Accessibility, to make their operations more accessible for persons with disabilities.
The European Disability Forum has presented a renewed call for a European Directive for promoting equality and fighting against discrimination of disabled people.