Monthly Archives: August 2015

Troy – creating an accessible ancient city

Written on August 26, 2015 at 9:30 am, by

Many popular tourist sites are woefully lacking in providing adequate access for disabled visitors. This is particularly true of ancient historic sites, where uneven ground on the site of ruins which are thousands of years old creates significant challenges, even for those organisations who really want to welcome visitors with disabilities. So it’s encouraging to  Continue Reading »

Unfit to fly – the inconsistent world of airline mobility policies

Written on August 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm, by

A 32-year-old man with cerebral palsy was recently removed from a BA flight just before departure, when cabin staff decided he was unfit to travel. This caused not only embarrassment and inconvenience for the passenger, who had passed through check-in and boarding without staff raising any concerns, but also for his family, who had travelled  Continue Reading »

Negotiating the beach in a wheelchair

Written on August 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm, by

In a revealing article on the Guardian, wheelchair user James Coke described his struggles when using the pool and the beach on holiday, both in Britain and abroad. He is a big advocate of beach wheelchairs, which have fat tyres designed to cope with soft sand, and praises Mallorca as a destination which has taken  Continue Reading »

The importance of guaranteeing accessible rooms

Written on August 5, 2015 at 11:08 am, by

It’s one thing to ask for an accessible room when you plan a holiday, but as one American traveller recently found, it can be altogether more difficult to get the peace of mind that you’ll have that room when you arrive at your destination. A recent CBC News story describes how Luis Medeiros ended up  Continue Reading »

Jet2 Imposes weight limit on wheelchairs

Written on August 3, 2015 at 8:59 am, by

Recently Jet2 announced that it was imposing a weight limit of 100kg on the carriage of wheelchairs on its aircraft. Following a complaint by Reduced Mobility Rights, the UK Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the airline for being in breach of the rules pertaining to the carriage of Persons with Reduced Mobility.  For full  Continue Reading »

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