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Guide maps being explained to blind travellers (Credit: The Independent)

One travel company is breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for everyone to explore India

Imagine travelling 2,000km across the country to see a temple you’ve dreamt of visiting, only to discover your family can’t get in. There is no wheelchair access – so your visually impaired father has to carry your wheelchair-bound mother up and down several dozen steps in order to pay homage.

It happened to Neha Arora as a child. Barring the odd school picnic or the visit to grandparents, she has no fond travel memories. It is not that her parents did not like to travel. It is just that, with their special needs, they found it near impossible.

Three decades ago, India was not the friendliest place for travellers with accessibility needs. In 2017, it still isn’t.

Read the full article on why Arora created Planet Abled here.

By Charukesi Ramadurai for The Independent.

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The aim of the research project was to evaluate and assess urban tourism environments, including urban national parks, in the context of universal design principles. A secondary objective was to estimate the economic contribution of tourists with a disability using the Australian Tourism Satellite Account.

by Simon Darcy, Bruce Cameron, Larry Dwyer, Tracy Taylor, Emma Wong and Alana Thomson

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This document profiles key research into the field of disability and accessible tourism perspectives, a growing industry sector in Australia. It has been prepared to synthesise STCRC’s research in this area and to provide an easily digestible insight into the dynamics of this tourism segment. STCRC is confident this document and the individual research projects can be used to drive new strategies and actions to support the development of more accessible tourism experiences for travellers with a disability.

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