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Forwarded by Sandra Rhodda of Access Tourism New Zealand:

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave its verdict on how well airports had implemented new European Union laws - introduced in 2008 - that make it the responsibility of airports to provide assistance to disabled travellers and passengers with reduced mobility.
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The CAA has urged travel companies to improve the provision and accessibility of information, and to make it easier for disabled passengers to pre-book assistance.

The number of routes available for passengers travelling with assistance dogs should also be increased, according to the report, while better signage and information at airports is also required. It also called for greater awareness among airport staff of the range of impairments covered by the legislation.

"This review is a further step in ensuring that disabled people and people with reduced mobility receive equal treatment while travelling by air," said Andrew Haines, the chief executive of the CAA.

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About Hear & There:

H&T Audio Mag finds the coolest places to go and describes them with details most would miss.  You can listen to an interview I did with Insight Radio in Scotland.  H&T is an adventure program that is centered on detailed descriptions.  Many of the places we go are accessible for people with disabilities.  We visit places all over the world. This site contains programs you can download and listen.

Have you been to a place that was accessible and fun?

I would really like to hear about your adventures.  Go to my blog and write about it.  Maybe someone else will like it too.

Dave Uhlman
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Brazil beware! FIFA is unrepentant - and poised to violate the Brazilian constitutional guarantees of inclusion for persons with disabilities as well as article 32 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at FIFA 2014.

Read from Rolling Inspiration magazine below on for what those of us who have been discretely working "within the system" with FIFA in South Africa have long known but been politely holding from public scrutiny in order to allow FIFA  chance to save face and "do the right thing."

In our previous issue we reported on the number of seats available for wheelchairs at each stadium.

It has subsequently been revealed that the ?gures supplied were doubled up as the auditor erroneously included the tickets of the care givers in his numbers.

This means that, for example, at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria, where FIFA stipulates a minimum number of 250 seats for wheelchairs (0.5% of the total number of seating) there are only 12 wheelchair seats per game. No wonder you couldn't buy any tickets!!!

SAFA's (South African Football Association,) spin doctor, Mr Rich Mkhondo, says that they based the seating on past attendances at South African soccer games and so adjusted the seat numbers accordingly.

How on earth can you base wheelchair tickets on previous attendance ?gures when there has NEVER been accessible transport nor accessible stadia? And what about the soccer fans from overseas? Where do they factor into the equation? ....

On page 115 [of FIFA's protocol documents] it states: "A specialist accessibility consultant should be consulted to determine the designs of the stadium to ensure that they comply with internationally accepted standards." SADA (South Africa Disability Alliance) recommended a specialist accessibility consultant to the LOC some time ago and, when the LOC failed to employ the services of said specialist accessibility consultant, SADA paid the bill and provided the specialist free of charge!

Despite that, the stadia do not comply with internationally accepted standards and when this issue was raised at the protest march Mr Danny Jordaan berated SADA for airing the issue in public and insisted that the issue be raised in private at a meeting scheduled for 31 March between SADA and SAFA.
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What the Hell is This?

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Easy Jet does it again!

A 38-year-old paraplegic woman was ordered off an EasyJet flight last Sunday because she was unaccompanied.

Marie-Patricia Hoarau was able to check in, proceed through departure and finally board the aircraft at a Paris airport before she was told she could not remain on the aircraft.

Ms Hoarau, who lives in Fréjus in south-east France, had made the flight to Paris from Nice without any incident. It was only on the return trip that she was told she could not travel.

Source (see the video):

All the more ironic in light of the recent Easy Jet award to Amar Latif and Traveleyes

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In the Travelogue section of Trang web cá cược trực tuyến I am writing about my encounters with "print disability" as a legal concept and as an impetus for social entrepreneurship. (Of course, we will eventually want to explore how it all relates to extending possibilities for people with disabilities to travel.)

Privileges are available for certain services to those in the US who qualify as having a print disability. Bookshare provides such services. Eligibility requirements are defined by copyright law.

As I apply my skillset to helping continue to retain quality volunteers I am exposed to an ever-deeper understanding of the concept print disability.

It is the law that allows to function legally. The basis for Bookshare's legal existence is an exemption in the U.S. copyright law called the , which is Section 121 of copyright law. Chafee allows a government or authorized entity such as Bookshare to provide alternative format books and media to individuals with print disabilities.
Below is guidance from the Bookshare website on the legal definitions of print disability.


If you have a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read a printed book, you most likely will qualify for Bookshare? services. To confirm that you qualify, you, or the organization representing you, will be asked to provide your Proof of Disability (certified by a qualified professional) during the registration process.

The answers to common questions below provide guidelines for determining what qualifies as a print disability.

Frequently Asked Questions: Qualifications

   1. I have a vision disability; how do I know if I qualify?

      If you are legally blind, you qualify. In addition, if you don't meet the legal blindness standard, a functional vision assessment that indicates a significant problem accessing text is also acceptable.

   2. I have a learning disability; how do I know if I qualify?

      If you are a K-12 student in the U.S. who has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with a specific language learning disability and a need for text accommodations, your school should be able to confirm that you qualify and sign you up for Bookshare membership. Post-secondary, adult, or non-U.S. students should be able to obtain equivalent qualifications if they have a significant learning disability that affects reading.

   3. I have a physical disability; how do I know if I qualify?

      If you can't pick up a book, turn pages, maintain visual focus on a book or don't have the physical stamina to work with printed material, you most likely qualify for Bookshare membership.

   4. So, who doesn't qualify?

      The 98% of the population who can pick up a book and read it (or could if they learned to read). The copyright exemption exists to help the small number of people whose disabilities have a major impact on their ability to read. Other people who don't qualify include:

          * People without disabilities
          * People who haven't learned to read yet, but could
          * People who don't speak the language they want to read
          * People with disabilities that don't impact the ability to read (for example, most hearing and emotional disabilities)

      Some people with these disabilities might qualify on another basis. For example, someone who is deaf and legally blind qualifies for Bookshare. Someone with a developmental disability and a learning disability might qualify.

   5. I'm a certifying professional. How can I access the technical requirements for certification?

      The full technical and legal details are available on the Chafee Amendment page. If you are certifying someone who has a physically-based disability (including dyslexia) that makes it difficult to read standard print effectively, he or she should meet the technical requirements and you should be able to confirm this in writing if your professional expertise is applicable to such a determination.

   6. Is autism a qualifying print disability?
      Does a hearing impairment qualify?
      Is dyslexia a qualifying print disability?
      Can you explain the Chafee Amendment?
      What are the requirements to verify a print disability? Which legal definition do you use to ensure an individual is qualified?

      It is very important to remember that eligibility requirements are defined by copyright law, not education law. While many of these questions imply that the requirements seem restrictive, the requirements come from the law, and it is the law that allows Bookshare to function legally. The basis for Bookshare's legal existence is an exemption in the U.S. copyright law called the Chafee Amendment, which is Section 121 of copyright law. Chafee allows a government or authorized entity such as Bookshare to provide alternative format books and media to individuals with print disabilities.

      This copyright law exemption tries to balance the needs of people who are unable to read normal print with the rights of publishers and authors. It is not based on who might benefit from access to accessible materials: it restricts the exemption to a group of people who are assumed to not be able to access regular print materials because of a severe disability. Publishers and authors don't receive a royalty under this copyright exemption, and have an interest in ensuring it stays narrowly focused on the one or two percent of the population who can't read standard print.

      Some people with very real disabilities that might benefit from accessible text may not meet this legal definition. People who are deaf, have cognitive disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism or mental illness do not meet this definition by virtue of those disabilities alone. It is quite possible that some people with these disabilities still qualify because of other factors. For example, a severe visual or learning disability could also be present in a person with these other disabilities. So, a person who is deaf and blind, or ADHD and dyslexic, could qualify.

      Bookshare puts the responsibility of certification on the professional signing the Proof of Disability form to confirm that each Bookshare Member meets the copyright definition. Here's a simplified guide on students who should be able to qualify for Bookshare services and have a certifying professional sign off on their qualification:

          * Students with visual impairments that keep them from reading standard print (blind, legally blind, or with other functional vision limitations).
          * Students with severe learning disabilities that keep them from being able to effectively read standard print. This includes students with IEPs that call for text accommodation to respond to specific language learning disabilities.
          * Students with physical disabilities that prevent them from reading print or using a print book. Such a limitation could be the result of a spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, a neurological condition, etc.
      There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about qualifications. For example, many people with learning disabilities do not meet the qualification, because their disability doesn't affect their ability to read print or their disability is not severe enough to meet the stringent language of the copyright regulations. Not all students with IEPs qualify for Bookshare services. For example, a deaf student with an IEP who is reading text at grade level would not meet the copyright definition of print disability, while qualifying for other services related to deafness.

      The Bookshare team believes strongly in the value of accessible media for students beyond those who qualify under the copyright exemptions. Bookshare is working with publishers to see if there's a solution for these students that provides publishers and authors with compensation. But, for now, Bookshare needs to operate in careful compliance with copyright law to ensure that Bookshare can serve students with severe disabilities today.

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South African Disability Alliance (Sada) members burnt tyres at Safa House, south of Johannesburg, on Thursday in protest against the lack of accessibility of 2010 World Cup stadiums to people with disabilities.
"We burnt tyres because they are our mobility, but they cannot get us into stadia," said Sada executive Ari Seirlis.

LOC [local organising committee] let us down," read one placard. Another read: "Stadia not accessible for disabled, no legacy for us."

Seirlis said the alliance was not burning tyres because it was fashionable, but because it showed the pain of the disabled atnot being able to attend any of the 2010 World Cup matches.

"We want to be there. We want to be part of the action, but the stadia are not ready to accommodate us," he said.

About 100 members of Sada sang liberation songs as they rolled their wheelchairs from the parking bays opposite Safa House to the entrance, where a memorandum of demands was handed over to LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.

'We care about you'
Accepting the memorandum, Jordaan said he would meet with the leadership of Sada on March 31 to discuss issues raised in the memorandum.


"We care about you," said Jordaan, explaining that there was a memorandum of understanding signed between Sada and the LOC.

"If there are issues, we need to sit down and talk them out ... we still have to meet to discuss," Jordaan said.

Sada has demanded that the LOC ensure a safe and equitable environment for all spectators with disabilities, including at fan park facilities.

It also wants an accessible transport plan approved and implemented by all host cities.

Sada chairperson Musi Nkosi said that during the Confederation Cup, transport from park and ride sites was not accessible to people with disabilities, with no facilities for deaf spectators and no communication services.

"Visually impaired persons are also not fully accommodated, are not allowed to bring a guide free of charge. They have to find someone who can afford to buy a ticket to accompany them."

Nkosi hoped the meeting next week would be fruitful and not turn into another talk shop.

"We do not want to disrupt the World Cup events. It might be the first and last for Africa in our lifetime. We want to be part of it. I hope from this protest something will be done for people with disability."

Before leaving, the protesters eyed Soccer City stadium, designed in the form of a calabash, which will host the opening march of the tournament between Bafana Bafana and Mexico on June 11. --

Jordaan said only three stadia were not accessible to the disabled, and that while people in wheelchairs had to buy tickets, the people pushing the wheelchairs did not.

Protesters on Thursday burn wheelchair tyres at Safa House at Soccer City in Johannesburg during a protest organised by the South African Disability Alliance over the lack of accessibility of 2010 World Cup stadiums to people with disabilities. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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WeAdapt Adapted Fashions

The recent seminar in Maputo, Mozambique on disability, development, and Inclusive Tourism was ony the first in an increasingly public set of dialogues and interventions to highlight the cross-cutting relationship of disability to development.

In April 2011 a follow-up event will take place in Rio de Janeiro with participation in REATECH 2011 and a field experience in Socorro, Brazil. In the meantime, the Community of Practice (CoP) formed around Inclusive Tourism as a tool for national development continues to debate issues such as the following:

An exclusive concentration on inequalities in income distribution cannot be adequate for an understanding of economic inequality.

Consider an example. Being disabled has a double effect, in reducing the person's ability to earn an income (the "earning handicap") and in making the conversion of income into good living that much harder, thanks to the costs of assistance, and the impossibility of fully correcting certain types of disadvantages caused by disability (the "conversion handicap"). A person who happens to be physically disabled may need to pay for assistance, and even then may not become able to move around freely. The conversion handicap is routinely missed in poverty relief programmes that concentrate only on the lowness of incomes.

As Wiebke Kuklys, a brilliant young student at Cambridge, has recently shown (she died tragically shortly after completing her work), the conversion handicap for British families with disabled members is four or five times as important as the income handicap, in terms of their respective impacts on deprivation.

A system of poverty removal that concentrates only on the lowness of income, in particular whether a person's - or family's - income is below the poverty line, will catch the earning handicap, but not the conversion handicap, and this could make the poverty relief programme fundamentally inadequate. Indeed, the nature of every serious economic and social problem may be significantly influenced by taking the importance of freedom and capabilities seriously.

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Design makes all the difference! For those who don't understand the Norwegian just watch the images of the Integra lifter. It looks just like a furniture removing the stigma of "hospital appliance" from a necessary assistive device. 

When will we see this in hotels? Let me venture some guesses.

  • Is Magnus already looking at the Integra lister for Scandica?
  • Roy for Microtel?
  • Niranjan for Welcome/ITC?

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By far the most flexible and accommodating venue we found in Maputo as we planned the Inclusive Tourism Seminar was Residencial Kaya Kwanga. "Kaya Kwanga" means (in Soto, I believe) "Your Home."

The homey feel was evident in the rapidly-executed modifications undertaken to accommodate 15 wheelchair-using guest from 17 countries. We left the infrastructure upgraded for accessibility in the process. For those wanting an affordable, if slightly challenging, family-oriented base to work from in Maputo Kaya Kwanga might be an option.
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Other wheelchair-users stayed at Cardoso, Southern Sun, Avenida, Hotel Turismo, and the Holiday Inn with varying degress of satisfaction with their limited accessibility.

Now let me change glossaries and pull out the superlatives to describe a new hotel that we discovered while driving past - it is not even in this year's Maputo telephone directory!
Within minutes of moving into my room at Hotel Afrin there was a housekeeping team at the door to welcome me. That was followed by the head of housekeeping doing a total furniture makeover adding a lower table to the kitchen and innumerable small touches to enhance the accessibility of the environment.

And it didn't need much!

The room was huge. No carpets. Easy to open wall-sized curtains to a (inaccessible) balcony.

My home won the 2006 Universal Design Award for Silicon Valley based on a remodel of our master bathroom. I am glad I did not have to compete with this hotel's design. I would have lost!

The photos show a superbly designed wet room. The unfortunate flaw was using a Portuguese standard for door widths (70 cm) and then losing an addition 1.5 cm through moulding. Once again hoteliers, build for the clientelle who you want to attract and exceed their expectations. Never be satisfied wth mere compliance with minimum standards.
Now, as important as architecture is, as appealing as the hotels excellent art and fair food was, the coup de grace of staying at Hotel Afrin were my daily visits from the two owners Iboo and Fortunato.

It did not slip past my attention that my first encounter with Iboo was as an empty pair of black loafers outside the door to the mini-mosque across the hall from my room. When Fortunato sought me out one night to inform me that he planned to support our work he was palming his prayer beads. Successful, exceedingly sharp businessmen, these two gentle Sufis were the highlight of my perfectly comfortable stay at Hotel Afrin.
Five stars plus for design and service!

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Nilesh Singit Consultancy Services [NSCS], was started by Nilesh Singit and is supoorted by a group of professionals who understand the needs of persons with disabilities and activists with disabilities who provide their expertise on project and assignment basis.

About Nilesh Singit He has a Masters degree in English from University of Bombay, and has completed a PG course in Human Rights and is a Novell Certified Internet Professional [NCIP] He has worked for over 12 years in the field of disability with a special focus on access audits, accessibility and inclusive design, disability diversity/equality/rights training and research into disability issues.

He is

  • A Founder Member of the ADAPT Rights Group.
  • member of National Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities - India (NRCPD India) a committee setup by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)
  • a Zonal Technical Resource Trainer [ZTRT] conducting trainings for National Trust, India
  • Ex co-ordinator of Disability Rights Initiative (Bombay) at the India Centre for Human Rights and Law
  • Founder Member of Disability Research and Design Foundation.

He maintains a blog on disability issues.
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Mostrar como uma pessoa com deficiência pode praticar turismo em uma cidade acessível. Este é o objetivo do documentário Livre Acesso - Viagens que Superam Limites, produzido pelos alunos do 4o ano de jornalismo da Universidade Municipal de S?o Caetano USCS) Gabriel Guir?o, Fernando Chirotto, Bruno Fekuri, Leandro Scopetta, Ricardo Scopetta e Carla Cosentino.

O formato escolhido foi o vídeo-documentário. Entre cenas que mostram como o Brasil está preparado para atender este público, os entrevistados d?o seus depoimentos relatando suas experiências - boas e ruins.

A cidade de Socorro, localizada no interior de S?o Paulo, foi escolhida para ser a base do documentário, já que o Ministério do Turismo designou o município para ser um projeto piloto de acessibilidade para pessoas com deficiência. "Em 24 minutos, conseguimos abordar diversos tópicos relacionados a acessibilidade no turismo: as dificuldades encontradas, o projeto acessível de Socorro e as perspectivas futuras sobre a quest?o", explicam e concordam os universitários. "Trata-se de um produto que transmite o aspecto humano envolvido no tema, visto que contém relatos de experiências únicas vivenciadas pelos entrevistados", completam.

De acordo com pesquisa feita pelo Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), aproximadamente 14,5% da popula??o brasileira possuem algum tipo deficiência. Isso representa 27 milh?es de pessoas. "Acreditamos na relevancia do tema e, ao buscar um diferencial, optamos por produzir um documentário que fosse acessível", explicam os membros do grupo, referindo-se ao fato de o produto possuir Libras (Língua Brasileira de Sinais) e áudio-descri??o. "Entendemos que as Libras atendem as necessidades das pessoas com deficiência auditiva, ao mesmo tempo que a áudio-descri??o possibilita a compreens?o das pessoas com deficiência visual", complementam. Vale destacar que o documentário n?o é voltado para pessoas com deficiências intelectuais, conhecidos popularmente como deficientes mentais. "Em vista da diversidade de tipos de deficiências intelectuais - autismo e síndrome de Down, por exemplo -, percebemos que perderíamos o foco do produto", encerram.

O documentário "Livre Acesso - Viagens que Superam Limites" está disponível para consulta na biblioteca da USCS - campus 1 - av. Goiás, 3.400 - S?o Caetano.

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From The Hindu:

KOCHI: A national policy on electronic accessibility, aimed at removing barriers and ensuring that the differently abled have equal access to products and services in the realm of Information and Communications Technology and Electronics (ICTE), is on the anvil.

The draft of the National Policy on Electronic Accessibility has been under the consideration of a committee, which has representatives from the Department of Information Technology, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, NGOs, and industry organisations such as the Confederation of Indian Industry and Assocham.

Broadly, the policy is expected to cover ICTE products and services of all government institutions, both at the Centre and in the States, and also public sector undertakings, the private sector, research and development agencies, public-funded organisations and the academic community, in the areas of universal design, assistive technology and independent living aids.

Promoting universal design and accessibility standards and guidelines will be an important part of its mandate. Besides awareness creation and capacity- building, it is expected to deal with education, research and development, funding and implementation and monitoring. It is also expected to ensure that the content in print and electronic formats and educational materials, including textbooks, are produced in accessible formats.

Significantly, the private sector was involved in the process, and industry bodies such as the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) and the Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT) have responded "very positively" to the draft, says Javed Abidi, honorary director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People. He hopes it should not take too long for the policy to see the light of day.

The differently-abled may find it difficult to use even devices and gadgets that play an important part in everyday life, such as mobile phones and ATMs, if accessibility issues are not addressed. All the big international manufacturers are making electronic products that cater to the needs of the disabled users but such products are not readily available in India. Such a policy should go a long way towards making them available in the country, and in a manner that is not discriminatory in pricing, Mr. Abidi explains.

"The gap today is that assistive technology is available in India, but persons with disabilities need to have schemes that will provide these to them," says Shilpi Kapoor, managing director, BarrierBreak Technologies, who is also involved in the draft policy discussions. Incentives need to be provided to get more companies to take up research and development of technologies and products for persons with disabilities, and the policy should help to provide the required framework.

As far as the Internet and web sites are concerned, change is "slow," though the National Informatics Centre released accessibility guidelines for all government web sites a year ago, she says. Websites of companies and private sector institutions have a lot of ground to cover when it comes to accessibility, with the global standards-setting organisation, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), having released version 2 of its web content accessibility guidelines in 2008. The policy might give a much-needed push on this front too.

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A View To Sea Cottages

Tammy and Bill Pickering sent Global Access News word of their new wheelchair accessible cottages on Canada's Prince Edward Island (PEI). View photos and learn more about their facilities at

A View To Sea Cottages
3515 Route 20, Se- View, Kensington RR#2 PEI C0B 1M0
1-877-412-8822 toll-free

YouTube Goes Universal Design

From YouTube March 4, 2010:

The Future Will Be Captioned: Improving Accessibility on YouTube

Tens of millions of people in the U.S. experience some kind of hearing impairment and recent studies have predicted that over 700 million people worldwide will suffer from hearing impairment by 2015. To address a clear need, the broadcast industry began running captions on regular video programming in the early 1970s. Today, closed captions on video are more prevalent than ever. But generating captions today can be a time-consuming and complicated process.

Making video easily accessible is something we're working hard to address at YouTube. One of the first steps we took was the development of a caption feature in 2008. In November of last year we released auto-captioning for a small, select group of partners. Auto-captioning combines some of the speech-to-text algorithms found in Google's Voice Search to automatically generate video captions when requested by a viewer. The video owner can also download the auto-generated captions, improve them, and upload the new version. Viewers can even choose an option to translate those captions into any one of 50 different languages -- all in just a couple of clicks.

Today, we are opening up auto-captions to all YouTube users. There will even be a "request processing" button for un-captioned videos that any video owner can click on if they want to speed up the availability of auto-captions. It will take some time to process all the available video, so here are some things to keep in mind:

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El turismo constituye una de las formas principales de movilidad, tanto a nivel regional como internacional, promoviendo contactos sociales, culturales y étnicos en una escala antes desconocida.

?Por qué negar entonces este derecho a una parte significativa de la población?.

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Recadinho aos nossos Governantes Pessoas Com Deficiência o descaso continua por falta de conhecimento e estrutura. Nós Cidad?os brasileiros ligados diretamente as "pessoas com deficiência e crian?as com deficiência" Classificamos essa decis?o do MEC de irresponsável "ou decis?o SEM RESPONSABILIDADE" Alunos Especiais sofrem dentro das Escolas com o descaso por parte do poder Público, as Escolas da rede regular de Ensino n?o oferecem condi??es adequadas aos Alunos com deficiência e deixam M?es, Pais e familiares desesperados. Para o Ministério da Educa??o as Adapta??es e as adequa??es devem ser feitas com os Alunos Especiais já dentro das Escolas, OU SEJA, EXEMPLO: Vejam Bem, Primeiro Jogam as crian?as em auto Mar sem coletes Salva Vidas, "exemplo as Escolas sem estrutura". Depois abrem Licita??o para comprarem os coletes Salva Vidas para serem colocados nas crian?as já lan?adas ao Mar, Depois abrem um concurso Público para contratarem Professores de Nata??o e profissionais Salva Vidas. Infelizmente é isto que vem acontecendo com as nossas crian?as com essa decis?o, (Chamada pelos Técnicos da Educa??o de "INCLUS?O") Nós Cidad?os brasileiros em Geral Perguntamos, ISTO Que est?o fazendo com as nossas crian?as com deficiência é Correto? O Correto n?o seria preparar uma estrutura nas Escolas e depois receberem esses Alunos? Visto que, é de conhecimento de todos que essas crian?as necessitam de cuidados especiais, perguntamos O porquê est?o lan?ando essa responsabilidade aos professores sem lhes oferecer o mínimo de respaldo? Est?o lan?ando uma grande responsabilidade em cima dos professores, professores que muito lutam e fazem um trabalho duro para ensinar as crian?as "NORMAIS". Como os senhores Governantes podem colocar mais essa grande responsabilidade nesses valorosos profissionais, sem lhes dar o mínimo de estrutura? Uni?o, Estados e Municípios est?o cometendo crime contra a vida e o bem estar dessas crian?as, e est?o cometendo uma grande injusti?a com nossos valorosos professores. A Falta de Profissionais treinados e qualificados para o atendimento ao ensino das pessoas com deficiência junto à falta de estrutura e a falta de Adapta??es nas Escolas da rede Regular de Ensino tornam-se um crime contra a vida e o bem estar dessas crian?as Alunos com deficiência, PERGUNTAMOS, O QUE EST?O FAZENDO COM ESSAS CRIAN?AS é CORRETO??? No caso em quest?o, deixamos aqui uma Sugest?o, 1o-Criar um plano de carreira aos Professores da rede regular de ensino. Criar uma nova Classe de Pedagogos com especializa??o em deficiências múltiplas e técnicas básicas em enfermagem, a fim de, darem suporte adequado a cada aluno com suas diferentes deficiências. A Uni?o, Estados e Municípios ter?o a obrigatoriedade de custearem os cursos ou faculdades para a forma??o e qualifica??o desses novos profissionais, garantindo-lhes uma remunera??o maior assim que formados e estiverem em atividade. Sendo justa a maior remunera??o a esses profissionais por buscarem e terem melhor qualifica??o do que professores sem essas qualifica??es. Assim estaremos estimulando os professores a buscarem uma melhor qualifica??o, melhores salários e estaremos a caminho da solu??o do problema principal que é ter profissionais especializados e aptos a desempenharem um ensino com seguran?a e qualidade as nossas crian?as com deficiência. Aguardamos esclarecimentos do poder Público. Atenciosamente Valdir Timóteo


Pauline and Arthur Frommer, daughter and father in that well-known travel family, had a lively disagreement on Sunday, August 23, about Afar's approach to travel. Pauline likes it; Arthur not so much. Here's what happened: Pauline taped an interview and talked about Afar's mission to help experiential travelers get beneath the surface and connect more deeply with a place and its people.

The Afar Blog:

Frommer vs. Frommer:


Camping Tips at

offers tips on camping in her article, Camping 101: Vital Adaptive Equipment and Knowledge for Campers with Disabilities:

Before you begin your camping adventure, it's pertinent to know that camping for people with disabilities is as inexpensive as accessible travel gets.  The National Parks system offers free entry and half-price camping, and many State Parks systems have followed suit with discounted annual or lifetime passes for entry as well.

In addition to discounts, the National and State Parks have wonderful access in general, with flatter, wider tent sites near the restrooms, paved or crushed-surface observation trails, and reliably accessible Visitors Centers at every location.  Some parks even offer raised tent beds.

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THE fact that someone who is not in the industry
has found it necessary to develop a website about
accommodation in New Zealand for people with
disabilities highlights the regrettable state
of access tourism in this county. So says Tai Poutini
Polytechnic research manager, Sandra Rhodda.
"Congratulations must go to Lianne Kalivati for her
initiative in developing, which
will launch July 1.

"The website is a small first step towards addressing
the need for information about New Zealand accessible
accommodation. However, much more needs to be
done to develop what is potentially a very lucrative
market that New Zealand virtually ignores."

Overlook at peril

Ms Rhodda says we overlook the market at our peril.
With the ageing of the huge Baby Boomer generation
worldwide, there will be an increase in the number of
people with disabilities. But the industry is not set up
to take advantage of those who will demand accessible
tourism products.

"Already 17 percent of our population reports a
disability, and worldwide, it is estimated that about 10
percent of people have some form of disability.
"Ageing and increasing disability are not only
happening in our traditional markets such as
Australia, the UK, and Japan, but in countries we are
increasingly trying to attract, such as China."

The age of visitors in or to New Zealand shows that
already, almost 50 percent are 45 years old or older,
and that over the last few years, this percentage has
been steadily increasing. "About 56 percent of short
term visitors from China, and over 70 percent of cruise
ship visitors - both markets which are growing - are
over 45," she points out.

Ms Rhodda believes other factors go in to making the
access tourism market one we should be sitting up and
taking notice of.

"The first of the Baby Boomers hits retirement age
in 2011 and Boomers have always been interested in

Forever Young

"They are not going to sit on the couch and knit in
their old age. After all, this is the generation that
wrote all those roady songs, and songs like Forever
Young. And they are not going to leave as much to
their kids as their parents are now leaving to them.
"They are going to spend it on such things as Harley
Davidsons, hip replacements in exotic countries
(medical tourism), and other tourism and travel
adventures. They are going to increasingly want
accessible tourism products as they age, and they will
tell the world through blogs and the like when they
don't get them. Already, accessibility in tourism in
New Zealand is painted in a bad light on some of the
numerous international websites devoted solely to
access tourism."

There are sound economic reasons for developing an
access tourism industry.

"Currently, people with disabilities have money to
spend on tourism and would spend more if products
were available. Studies show that people with
disabilities in Australia have a disposable income of
A$26,000 million, in America have US$175,000 million,
and in the UK have £80,000 million.

"The Europeans reckon their access tourism industry is
worth €166,000 million per year, and the United Arab
Emirates is worth US$3,000 million. These figures and
others like them can only go up in future as worldwide
disability increases."

Not only that, but people with disabilities tend to
travel with other, non-disabled companions, who bring
their own spending power.

"Yet in New Zealand," she adds, "we are not
gearing up for this market at all. Nationally, we have
no strategy or policy in this area, and very little


Wellington has recognised the importance of access
tourism and mentions it several times in their newly
released visitor strategy. But there is no action plan,
no KPIs, and no timeline.

"They also recently canned an access tourism website
that was in development. Overall, we are way behind
not only our major tourism rivals, but also some upand-
coming tourism destinations when it comes to
access tourism."

For example: countries in Asia, Europe, North and
South America have national, provincial, and local
access tourism websites or print material describing
access tourism product; international agencies such as
the UNWTO, EU, and ASEAN actively research and are
increasingly interested in access tourism; worldwide,
there are hundreds of dedicated access tourism
businesses with website information available to
people with disabilities.


"We have very few like it in NZ, and some tourism
businesses which claim they are accessible are not
so'; Worldwide, there are dozens of businesses that
organise national and international tours and cruises
just for people with disabilities, and for the related
seniors market; Since 2001, there have been at least 18
international and regional conferences and symposia
devoted to access tourism and/or seniors tourism.
"NZ has not sent a representative to any of these";
our tourism publicity focuses on the young, the fi t,
the active; boomers and seniors are rarely featured,
and people with disabilities (PWDs) never; worldwide,
national, regional, and local governments as diverse as
the Ministry of Tourism in India and in Tasmania have
access tourism strategies and policies.


"Many provide in-depth information to operators
wishing to develop or upgrade to become accessible."
In many countries, she points out, tourism businesses
are rated on their access in a Qualmark-type system,
and some even have annual tourism awards for best
accessible tourism businesses.

For example, the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence
in "Access For All" have just been announced (www.
from a number of provincial winners.

There are also dozens of websites devoted
to discussing/blogging/advising about worldwide
access tourism. These daily post information about
world access tourism experiences, including those had
by people with disabilities in New Zealand.


Ms Rhodda welcomes initiatives such as Ms Kalivati's
website, but notes that we need to do a lot of work
before New Zealand can begin to see itself as an
accessible tourism destination.

To further that end, a multi-organisational advocacy
group has been set up to connect with and apprise
government and industry about the economic benefi t
of developing access tourism here and the economic
dangers of no or poor access tourism development.

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Deficiente visual vai de Brasília a Paraty de bicicleta

Adauto Belli pedalou 1,6 mil km em bicicleta dupla, com o parceiro guiando.
Ciclistas fizeram trajeto da Estrada Real em 18 dias; aventura virou livro.

Do G1, em Brasília


Adauto Belli, deficiente visual, viajou 1,6 mil km guiado por Weimar Pettengill

O convite partiu de um desconhecido. Quando o empresário Weimar Pettengill, 37 anos, ligou para o deficiente visual Adauto Belli chamando-o para uma viagem de bicicleta de Brasília a Paraty, se surpreendeu com a resposta. "Partimos quando? Amanh?? Hoje n?o dá. Estou ocupado", disse Adauto, 38 anos, adestrador de c?es. Na bicicleta de dois lugares (modelo conhecido como 'tandem') a dupla seguiu para Minas Gerais e, de lá, rumo a Paraty, no Rio de Janeiro. Completaram o trajeto em 18 dias, a maior parte feita em estrada de terra.

Adauto, deficiente visual desde o nascimento, tem apenas 35% da vis?o. "A confian?a ali é tudo. Eu pedalo tendo certeza de que, se for bater, ele (Weimar, o ciclista que vai guiando) vai bater no macio, se cair, ele vai tentar fazer com que eu me machuque menos", conta. "Quando a gente está em uma descida no cascalho a 110 km/h, tem que ter muita confian?a. Se fosse com uma pessoa que vê perfeitamente, a viagem n?o teria dado certo", afirma Weimar.

Entre as experiências registradas no trajeto, Adauto lembra das vezes em que sua pouca vis?o o enganaram. "Você acaba vendo o que quer ver. A gente ia descendo perto de um vale e eu dizia 'Nossa, é um lago muito bonito', e o Weimar come?ava a rir e dizia 'que nada, isso aí é uma favela!'", conta. 

Foram pouco mais de 1,6 mil km cruzados em 18 dias, de 29 de janeiro a 16 de fevereiro. A aventura rendeu até livro. Na última quinta-feira (21), Weimar Pettengill lan?ou em Brasília o resultado de suas memórias da viagem, entitulado 'Brasília-Paraty - Somando pernas para dividir impress?es' (editora Thesaurus). "Quero agora fazer o áudio-book, pra que o Adauto possa 'ler' e dizer se está tudo certo", brinca o autor. A obra também será lan?ada em Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro e S?o Paulo.

Antes de partirem em cima da bicicleta, os dois eram praticamente desconhecidos. Haviam se encontrado cinco vezes, apenas duas delas com a bicicleta para fazer testes. Weimar já planejava pedalar o trajeto da Estrada Real -rota histórica de povoamento e explora??o do interior do Brasil, criada no século XVII-, e decidiu incluir uma companhia no desafio. "Lembrei da bicicleta tandem e resolvi ir com um DV (deficiente visual) para compartilhar a experiência", conta o empresário. Ele chegou a Adauto através de amigos do projeto 'DV na trilha', que promove a inclus?o social de cegos através de bicicletas duplas em Brasília.

Adauto sempre gostou de praticar esportes, e n?o pensa na deficiência como um obstáculo. Pelo contrário. "Muitas vezes é até uma vantagem, porque eu tenho que ficar mais concentrado", diz. Ele pratica o ciclismo desde 2007, mas seu esporte mesmo é a corrida. "Depois que eu o arrastei pra esse desafio, ele já arrumou o próximo, agora correndo. Vamos fazer a travessia dos Andes no final do ano", afirma Weimar.


"Jan" Budsakayt INTARAPASAN is a Dean at the School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi Bangkok, Thailand.

Her ongoing doctoral work is on Universal Design and its application in historic sites of the Greater Mekong Region. Jan's research - and abundant photography - provide a valuable benchmark for quality of service and Inclusive Tourism best practices in SE Asia. Jan is quite generous with her expertise contributing the following photo essay and this invitation to collaborate on project:

I will be happy to discuss how my education and match my experience to your needs. If you have further questions, I would be more than wiling to talk with you. I may be reached at
Interest areas:
    • Interior Design
    • Ergonomics Safety and Human Disabilities
    • Public-Universal Design
    • Architectural Heritage Management and Tourism

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Turismo adaptado pode ganhar mais destinos

Sem a vis?o assistencialista, empresas de turismo e destinos de viagens est?o cada vez mais preparados para receber deficientes

Ricardo Shimosakai, 41, sempre gostou de viajar com família.

Mas, aos 33 anos, a vida dele mudou completamente. Vítima de um sequestro relampago, levou um tiro e ficou paraplégico. Durante a fisioterapia, Ricardo teve de escolher um esporte como parte do tratamento, e acabou se interessando por tênis de mesa.

O esporte logo se tornou uma paix?o que o levou a viajar pela primeira vez, depois de ficar paraplégico, a disputar os campeonatos, em diversas partes do País. Com o tempo, ele percebeu que poderia fazer turismo como antes tanto pelo Brasil quanto para outros países.

Para atender à necessidade de pessoas com deficiência como Ricardo, empresas oferecem roteiros de turismo adaptado cujos destinos d?o total acessibilidade. A agência de viagens Freeway Brasil é uma empresa pioneira em oferecer roteiros de turismo adaptado. Segundo a operadora, as cidades indicadas para deficientes s?o Foz do Igua?u (PR), Pantanal (MT), Itacaré (BA) e Bonito (MS) porque possuem infraestrutura como rampas de acesso, cal?adas adaptadas, transporte inclusivo e outras facilidades que permitem ao visitante total acessibilidade aos passeios. Mas se o turista quiser outras op??es de destinos acessíveis, a empresa faz indica??es de locais e roteiros com tudo o que o viajante precisa para aproveitar ao máximo a viagem. O governo federal também vem fazendo a parte dele para promover o turismo adaptado.

No Plano Nacional de Turismo que compreende os anos de 2007 a 2010, a inclus?o social é uma das principais metas. Além disso, também foi lan?ado o projeto "10 Destinos-Referência".

A ideia é dar aos destinos estruturas com padr?o de qualidade internacional para que sirvam de modelos indutores para o desenvolvimento turístico regional. O destino adaptado entre os "10 Destinos ?Referências", já em pleno funcionamento, é a cidade Socorro, a 138 km de S?o Paulo, que é muito procurada para a prática de turismo de aventura.

Por conta disso, foi implantado na cidade o "Aventureiros Especiais". Coordenado pela ONG Aventura Especial, ela adequou os destinos que oferecem esportes radicais na regi?o, possibilitando aos deficientes a prática de alguns deles. Para realizar as atividades nos locais adequados, a operadora de turismo Rios de Aventura organiza os roteiros das aventuras acessíveis em Socorro. Ela oferece aventuras para deficientes visuais e cadeirantes como rafting, trilha e tirolesa, que é praticada por meio de uma cadeira especial e com auxílio dos monitores.

Os destinos s?o o Hotel Fazenda Campo dos Sonhos, o Parque dos Sonhos e o Parque Ecológico Monjolinho. Até o final de 2010 ser?o oferecidos mais destinos a todos os turistas: Pesca, em Barcelos (AM); Cinema, em Brasília (DF); Cultura, em Parati (RJ); Intercambio, em S?o Jo?o Del Rei (MG); Negócios, em Ribeir?o Preto (SP); Rural, em Anitapolis, Santa Rosa de Lima, Rancho Queimado e Urubici, todos em Santa Catarina. Além de ecoturismo, em Santarém (PA); Aventura, em Len?óis (BA); e a Praia de Jericoacoara (CE). Em Pernambuco, a cidade Garanhuns figura na lista de projetos do Ministério do Turismo para ser uma dos próximos destinos adaptados.

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