Training courses on accessible tourism

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The Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad (Royal Board on Disability) with the collaboration of Polibea Turismo has organized Accessible Tourism Training Courses given at Spanish Tourism Colleges.

The Royal Board on Disability (Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad) is a public institution of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. It is composed by representatives of the Ministries involved in disability issues and regional governments. Organizations representing disabled persons and their families, scientific institutions and experts, also take part in this institution. Her Majesty the Queen Sofía is Honorary President of the Royal Board on Disability.

Its mission is to encourage prevention of impairments, rehabilitation and social integration of persons with disabilities, and to facilitate, in these fields, collaboration among entities, associations and private sector. Besides, it aims at providing support to specialists and organizations through studies, research, documentation and training.

With the collaboration and coordination of Polibea Turismo, a three-day Accessible Tourism Training Course has been organized to be given at Spanish Tourism Colleges. The Course aims to provide knowledge, tools and training about disability awareness and accessible tourism to these students who soon will be working staff in the tourism industry. From this trained staff equality of opportunity for disabled people in the enjoyment of travel and leisure activities will outcome.

The three-day Course programme cover :
- Accessible Tourism - the concept;
- Practical Training;
- Serving clients with disabilities;
- Accessibility to the tourist environment;
- Architecture;
- Urban development and town planning;
- Transport;
- Norms and regulations related to accessibility;
- Technical aid equipment;
- Organizing accessible tourist activities;
- Information sources about accessible tourism.

The course are given at the following Colleges :
Zaragoza : Escuela Universitaria Turismo de Zaragoza
Barcelona : Escola Universitària de Turisme i Direcció Hotelera de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Vigo : E.S.T. CEBEM 
Santander : E.U.T. ALTAMIRA
Granada : E.S.T. ALHAMAR

Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad
Serrano, 140. 28006 Madrid - España
Tel.: +34 91 7452444 - Fax: +34 91 4115502
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