ACCESSIBLE TOURISM


About Accessible Tourism

..Definition, Scope and some Disambiguation

Definition

“Barrier-free access to a vacation for those with health-related needs”

Scope

Accessible Tourism is all about Destinations and Facilities with purpose-designed infrastructure to cater to individuals with established and on-going health-related needs.

As it has now come to be defined, Accessible Tourism does not only address the physically disabled or people with mobility limitations.

A disabled traveler is one who is not only restricted but in fact denied access to a destination because the destination or the facility lacks the facilities and infrastructure to cater to his health condition-related needs.

It includes the:

  • Mobility Impaired
  • Visually Impaired
  • People with deafness / hard of hearing
  • Individuals with Mental / Intellectual Impairment
  • Elderly
  • People with non-obvious impairments:
    • People with chronic renal failure (requiring dialysis every 3 – 4 days on an on-going basis)
    • People recuperating from a cardiac episode or people with a known chronic cardiac condition
    • People needing a special diet (Diabetics, those with gluten intolerance etc.)
    • Those who have allergies to environmental elements and require a un- or hypo-allergic environment

Some Disambiguation

Accessible Tourism aims to remove the “barriers” for people with health-related needs.

Barriers can be physical / architectural or the unavailability of care facilities and services required on an ongoing or contingency (“just in case”) basis.