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30/09/2012 The Rio Games: A Golden Opportunity for an Accessible Tourism Makeover

In 2014 Rio de Janeiro will host the World Cup in football and two years later the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Plans are well under way for hundreds of thousands of visitors to come to enjoy the games, the city and the whole destination. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

29/07/2012 The Reflexive Traveller - Italy, accessibility and other observations, by Dr. Simon Darcy

In his extended travelogue from a recent trip to Italy, Simon Darcy tells about his contacts, discussions and experiences through relationships with ENAT, the Italian Institute of Architects, the Foundation of the Carlo Besta Neurological Institute, Expo 2015, the Facoltà di Sociologia - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, public officials and Italian accessible tourism businesses like Village for All. Of course, he also took the opportunity to examine a range of accessible experiences including transport, attractions, hotels and customer service. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

26/07/2012 21 years on from the ADA we still only have Accessibility

ENAT Member, Bill Forrester writes: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has come of age and this year we have seen some very significant upgrades to outdoor standards, access to swimming pools, new provisions for information and the requirement to provide booking options for accessible facilities,but have we achieved Inclusion? Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

02/06/2012 Airlines' Policies for Carrying Wheelchair Users - Sheila King vs. Jetstar (Australia)

In 2008 Sheila King, a wheelchair user living in Australia, was denied boarding on a Jetstar domestic flight due to the airline's "two wheelchairs only" policy. She took the airline to court claiming discrimination on grounds of disability. In this Forum item Sheila explains the course of events and the court's decision which found in favour of the airline. Sheila faces legal costs and is requesting financial help to cover the bill. Please read on... ENAT members can login and make a comment. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

08/04/2012 London Accessible Travel - Tips from Sage Traveling

London Disabled Access Review. Accessible London is one of the most inviting gateways for disabled visitors to Europe due to its flat terrain, modern buildings, and UK accessibility standards. There are numerous attractions to visit in London making it a worthwhile destination by itself. Our London Disabled Access Review describes the best and worst of London accessibility. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

19/01/2012 Handisport Foundation - Supporting Sport and Tourism for All in Mallorca

The Fundación Handisport project was created in Mallorca thanks to the initiative of a group of people who wish to provide solutions to some of the problems involved in integrating people with disabilities into our society. This not-for-profit organisation, which will allocate 100% of its income to fulfilling Fundación Handisport's goals, has been created as the way to accomplish this initial generic objective. Read more... Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

14/11/2011 Highlighting travel in Italy for wheelchair users, as told by John Sage

John Sage travels Europe recording his first-hand impressions about access for wheelchair users carefully and systematically. Here we take a leaf from his book (blog) so that ENAT members and readers can have a taste of John's writing and observations. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

14/10/2011 Let's Make Europe an Accessible Tourist Destination for All!

The European Disability Forum has launched its 2011 "Freedom of Movement" Campaign to promote the rights of disabled people in Europe to greater accessibility and equal rights, both as citizens and tourists, within the European Union. As an official supporter of the campaign, ENAT takes up the issue of improving access to tourism in this article by Managing Director, Ivor Ambrose. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

08/02/2011 A Turning Point in the Future of Accessible Travel - Commentary by Bill Forrester

We are at a critical turning point in the future of Accessible Tourism. Over the past 20 years the advocacy concentration has been on breaking down the physical barriers that were preventing people with a disability the basic right of access to their favourite holiday destinations. 25 years ago Rick Hansen embarked on his now famous "Man in Motion" world tour and while that tour was highly successful in raising money its main purpose was to raise awareness of the capabilities of people with a disability if the physical barriers were removed. While there are still inaccessible washrooms in 34 countries access has improved to a point where today most people have almost unlimited options of accessible tourist destinations. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

15/01/2011 ENAT Position Paper on the European Tourism Policy Communication COM (2010) 352

ENAT's position paper responds to the European Commission's general call for feedback on its tourism communication published in June 2010. ENAT's comments were delivered to the Commission's Tourism Unit on 14 January 2011. ENAT proposes to strengthen the EU Tourism Strategy by including targets and actions for accessible tourism, so enhancing the competitiveness of European tourism enterprises and making Europe an accessible destination for all visitors. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

19/11/2010 Accessibility of People with Disabilities to the Athenian Acropolis

The Athenian Acropolis is 160 m. high and 2500 years old, yet it had remained inaccessible to people with various types of disabilities until the organization of the Paralympics Games 2004. A specially designed elevator, which was placed on the north slope of the Hill, covers a distance of 70 m. from the foot to the top of the site. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

16/11/2010 Give Your Feedback on the European Commission Disability Strategy 2010-2020

On 15th November the EU Commission published its 10 year strategy to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities. The strategy will provide a framework for action at European level. It aims to support EU countries’ policies and actions and pursues the overall goal of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Will the strategy encourage the development of equal opportunities for participation in tourism and travel for persons with disabilities? Give us your feedback so ENAT can provide constructive criticism to the Commission on its policy initiative. Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose

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