Reply To: Is it ”accessible tourism” or ”inclusive tourism”?

  • schroth-sensei

    May 13, 2021 at 3:09 am

    From having a construction design and Exceptional Student Education background (not to mention being a person living with a disability), and more recently working with Josh here, I’ve used these terms often. From my personal view, “Accessible” has seemingly been used more with disability-related websites in conjunction with tourism/travel then inclusion and tourism/travel (not that they aren’t inclusive).

    Accessible in the US is often tied to the right to access public facilities, and because of ADA requirements (The Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability), it is often used in everything to describe disability-related access when constructing new or modifying old buildings to the max incline of sidewalk ramps, walkways, restaurant seating, assistive education tools, and much more. So, anytime I’m referring to tourism when related to someone living with a disability, I will more often then not use “accessible.”

    Like Josh explained, I feel that Inclusive tourism also is a broader scope of people (some of which may not being living with a disability) and it may include a much broader number of things. So, I hesitate to use the term in an article that is referring to access for those living with disabilities. (Side not: if a particular place I may be writing about does state that they are inclusive of these broader communities, I try to add that into the article because it is always nice to see places that have open minds and open hearts!)

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