Time for a Vacation? Learn About Accessible Travel and Tourism!

According to the United Nations, it is estimated that there are over 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. When you include family members and caregivers, more than 2 billion people are part of the disability community. This community is vastly underserved by the travel and tourism industries due to inaccessible travel and tourism facilities and services and discriminatory policies and practices. Accessible tourism helps people with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers participate in and enjoy travel and tourism experiences. Accessible travel and tourism are an ongoing process to ensure that travel destinations, products, and services are accessible to everyone, regardless of a person’s physical limitations, disability, or age. Yet, the impact of accessible travel and tourism goes beyond the benefits to travelers with disabilities: it reaches the wider community by engraining accessibility into the social and economic values of society.

As the COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease within the US, many people with and without disabilities have begun to travel. For example, NARIC staff have begun traveling for vacation within the US, using precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and researching the resources, information, tips, and tricks they may need for accessible travel. They looked at resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in the community, including:

NIDILRR-funded Resources

Resources from Elsewhere in the Community

Contact NARIC’s information specialists to learn more about other available resources for accessible travel and tourism.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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