TravelAbility Partners with USA's #1 Hospitality Management College to Change the Way Travelers with a Disability will be Treated in the Future
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TravelAbility partners is delighted to announce a partnership with the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, to develop “TravelAbility: Filling the Accessibility Gap in Hospitality,” a self-paced learning module that will be part of the college’s experiential education program that is a requirement of graduation for all 3000 students.
“Perhaps more than any of the other projects we developed over the past four years,” said Jake Steinman, Founder and CEO of TravelAbility, “ - this collaboration has the potential to make the most impact as it will infuse a new generation of hospitality supervisors and general managers with the awareness and empathy necessary to not only change the way people with disabilities are perceived, but also how they are treated.”
"All 3,000 plus students at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management are introduced to the wider societal challenges that impact our industry through their courses, our incredible Internship program, and the opportunities to engage through their P.R.E.P. activities,” commented Alan Fyall, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Rosen College of Hospitality.
“Our partnership with TravelAbility represents an important milestone as the travel industry awakens to the significance of travelers with a disability and the steps required to both welcome and accommodate them in a seamless manner.”
TravelAbility will be contributing its expertise as well as content from “The Accessibility Playbook,” a copyrighted compendium of business cases, tips, products, innovations, and 99 videos from prior conferences and events.
The Rosen College of Hospitality Management was rated #1 academic level tourism program in the U.S. and #2 in the world.
What is the Accessibility Gap?
Since every disability has a spectrum, and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was written for the median, hotels, attractions, and restaurants, even if they are fully compliant, still work for only 50% of the people. The Accessibility Gap can be addressed by gathering and showcasing information online, providing training about accessibility needs and providing adaptive technology and innovations that are available.
The course will begin with the spring semester and allow the next generation of travel industry executives, meeting planners and event managers to learn how to be welcoming to all guests.
Now celebrating our 5th year, TravelAbility is an organization that works within the travel industry to improve the experience that people with disabilities have while they are traveling. As part of this initiative, we also act as a one-stop source that connects travel organizations with the expertise, innovations, and resources they need so disabled travelers have the information they require to ensure smoother sailing while planning travel.
About: UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
UCF Rosen College offers their students the opportunity to learn and work in the center of hospitality. The students at the college are given the opportunity to study within an internationally recognized faculty that consists of cutting-edge research, innovative academic programs, and strong industry and community partnerships
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