TravAbility

TravAbility is a full service travel agency for travellers with a disability. We have a world wide network of accessible operators.

Our mission is to be agents of change; to inspire people who have never traveled before to do so, and to inspire others to do more. To encourage all cultures of the world to see disability as an integral part of life, and to provide the motivation to create accessible environments that enable inclusion. We do this by offering a full service travel agency for Travellers with a disability. We have accessible travel options to all parts of the world and large variety of activity options from sightseeing to adventure. For the travel industry we offer a full range of consulting services to help your business take advantage of the fastest growing market in travel. Our services include audits, product development and marketing and is backed by an authentic disability inclusive stock image library.

Mission: To Make the World Accessible to All

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Labor includes Accessible Tourism in Major Boost to Regional Tourism in Election Announcement | TravAbility

Today Labor announced their Regional Australia Tourism Policy. It contained a major recognition of the importance of Accessible Tourism. What we really want to see now is that followed up with the embedding of Accessible Tourism as a key strategy in the overall tourism policy.

travability.travel A Shorten Labor Government will drive economic growth and job creation in regional Australia with a comprehensive Regional Tourism Plan that will deliver more jobs, better attractions, better airports and smarter marketing for this critical industry.

[04/11/19]   Looking for next holiday idea, then consider the Emerald Isle with this tour from Push Living. You will have the best craic of your life. With this stunning itinerary and a few pints of gat you will never want to say slan.

As part of activeapril.vic.gov.au the @melbournecablepark are running a free adaptive wakeboarding program from 10am-12noon this Friday the 12th! All you need to do is bring yourself and they will supply the good vibes and equipment including wetsuits if needed, to get you out to have a good time and a new experience.

Don't miss out last tickets!

We are down to our final allocation of tickets to Ability Fest 2019!

Don't miss out. Join us this Sunday > http://bit.ly/AbilityFest2019

Why not plan a trip to North East Victoria this weekend and see some of the best mountain bikers in action, including an adaptive race on Friday morning. See the latest adaptive mountain bike equipment at the event expo.

For anyone in Victoria or NSW that wants to check out some adaptive mountain bikes in action, come along to our stall at the event village at this weeks Mountain Bike Australia - MTBA National Championships in Bright, Victoria. Jump on a range of offroad handcycles including ReActive Adaptations (USA) and one of the latest styles from Sport-On Handcycles (EU). Learn about adaptive cycling, grab a copy of the Australian Adaptive MTB Guidelines and watch some of the worlds best mountain bikes shred through the trails. Find out about your Australian distributors Adaptive Concepts Australia and Push Mobility and how you can get your hands on your very own offroad handcycle!

Watch 3 (maybe more) of Australia's best adaptive mountain bike riders battle it out for the national championship on Friday 5th @ 8:30am.

Contact us for more information regarding aMTB: [email protected]

https://www.mtba.org.au/bright2019

Disability Sport and Recreation Falls Creek Mystic Park, Bright Disabled Wintersport Australia Alpine Shire Council

DANCE & ROLL

Come and join us this Thursday for a Flamenco night. Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre 6 pm

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Accessible Outdoor Camping | TravAbility

Don't miss the last scheduled YMCA outdoor program for this season coming up on the 13th and 14th of April at Mt Evelyn Camp. This confidence building adaptive camping program is a perfect opportunity for you and your camping companion to re-connect with the great outdoors in a supportive and friendly environment. For Details see the link
http://travability.travel/blog-node/accessible-outdoor-camping

travability.travel This confidence building adaptive camping program is a perfect opportunity for you and your camping companion to re-connect with the great outdoors in a supportive and friendly environment.

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Do wheelchairs belong on hiking trails?

This is a really interesting article and something that Parks Victoria has managed to balance in its accessibility strategy to date. The natural environment is a balancing act and it is wrong to assume that all trails have to be paved. Parks have always catered for a wide range of abilities and challenges and the natural environment will always be that way. There has to be a balancing act between easy accessible trails and those requiring more effort. In the past too many park mangers have tried to be too prescriptive and restrictive on what they think people with a disability can and can't do. New equipment is opening opportunities to adventurers with a disability including the ability to tackle rock climbing faces. The challenge is to make sure that that enabling equipment is made available and that trail grading information starts to take into account the options that are available to various equipment users as well as having class 1 trails to all important points of interest backed up with accessible camping grounds, toilets showers etc. The outdoors will always present accessibility challenges but also offer park managers great rewards for innovation in creating experiences that everyone can enjoy.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/travel/article/Do-wheelchairs-belong-on-hiking-trails-13709018.php

sfchronicle.com The effort to open California’s parks to people of every ability has raised important questions about the proper balance of nature and civilization in public parks. Should trails be paved? Can a path formed thousands of years ago violate a 29-year-old law?

Parks Victoria

Have you seen these great TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs?

Parks Victoria has a number available in select parks enabling visitors with mobility limitations to explore the great outdoors. The TrailRider allows visitors to access more rugged walking trails not otherwise accessible with conventional wheelchairs.

Local staff can provide expert advice on the best routes for chairs, so with the help of chair operators you can experience Victoria’s parks like never before. A minimum of two chair operators are required to operate the chair. They have adjustable seating and supports, making them suitable for adults and children with varying abilities. Motorised chairs are available at some locations allowing visitors to explore steeper and longer trails.

The TrailRiders are free to use, but please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Users are required to bring a helmet and undertake a chair induction.

For more info on where these chairs are located check out:
http://go.vic.gov.au/MOSTRB

We have recently been mentioned in an article in the Sunday Mail. I want to make it perfectly clear that we do not agree with the tone of the article and certainly not the language used to describe us "Another company, TravAbility, organises travel for people incapacitated by accidents or with vision or hearing impairments or traumatic brain injuries, organising airport transfers, accessible accommodation and things to do."
Frankly we find that sort of language offensive and in direct opposition to what we actually do and strive to achieve. We arrange travel both leisure and business for everyone. Our experiences are tailored to aspirations and ability, but more importantly the experiences to tailored to the whole group of travelling companions. In travel everyones expectations and abilities vary and we don't draw an arbitrary line that is "disability" If a client wants to push the boundaries then we will go out of our way to make it happen. We believe that the entire population is on a continuum of ability. We are certainly not a "special needs" organisation and in fact hate that term. In tourism we "sell dreams" everyone's dreams and we need to start talking about accessible tourism in those terms not as catering for disability!!! News Corp Australia needs to change its tune on its reporting, Accessible Tourism is NOT a charity.
Finally we don't agree that the answer is a plethora of new dedicated information sites, it is the responsibility of the tourism industry to mainstream accessibility information and on that note stay tuned for some great announcements from Greater Bendigo and Ballarat.

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Suggested Tours | TravAbility

Looking for that perfect accessible holiday? We have a huge range of destinations and activities to choose from. High adventure to tropical resorts there is an accessible holiday for everyone http://travability.travel/tours #accessibletourism #holiday #vacation

travability.travel A journey through the island of the gods. Balinese culture is embedded in a breathtaking countryside of volcanoes, tropical forests, green paddy fields and the blue ocean.

Great to a part of this initiative for greater inclusion in future Moomba events.

#everyonesmoomba - A Future Focus Group initiative in association with City of Melbourne to seek opportunities for greater inclusion for people with disability at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival. This past weekend, the FFG team where at the Everyone’s Moomba marquee, allowing for community feedback, in hope that these insights will be considered and implemented in the planning for future events. This year, two athletes with disability, Jason Sleep and Sam Bell, participated in the Moomba Masters Water Sports program.
To find out more about our FFG programs: http://melbourne.org.au/events-networking/future-focus-group
#moomba #moombafestival #accessability #melbourne TravAbility Scope @ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brendan Paige joining in the fun with Sam Bell at #everyonesmoomba #moombafestival Next demonstration run is at 12:30 today

Greater inclusion for people with disability at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival is on the cards thanks to a partnership between the City of Melbourne and a Committee for Melbourne initiative, titled ‘Everyone’s Moomba’.
The team will have an ‘Everyone’s Moomba’ marquee set up during the four-day Moomba Festival taking place from 8-11 March to allow for community feedback, in the hopes that these insights can be used for planning future events.
In 2019, two athletes with disability will be incorporated into the Moomba Masters Water Sports program that sees world class athletes from 19 countries compete over the Moomba Long Weekend. These champion water ski athletes Jason Sleep and Sam Bell will feature in a series of exhibition events throughout the Moomba Master’s program, promoting accessible water sports to the community.
See Jason and Sam at the following times:
Saturday 9th March @ 9am
Sunday 10th March @ 12.30pm
Monday 11th March @ midday
#everyonesmoomba #moombafestival Destination Melbourne Scope Committee for Melbourne City of Melbourne Moomba Festival

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European Capital Of Smart Tourism 2020 Competition | TravAbility

The European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative recognises outstanding achievements by European cities as tourism destinations in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation as well as cultural heritage and creativity.

travability.travel The European Commission launched the competition for the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020. This initiative rewards European cities for outstanding, innovative and sustainable tourism practices.

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5 tips on how to use technology for more inclusivity in your workplace

This could have been a great article and its written content does address the need for greater inclusion in employment, however, the hero image speaks of hypocrisy.
From the article "There are still significant barriers that exist, such as discrimination during the recruitment process; limited awareness of rights for people with disabilities in the workplace; lack of opportunities in the first place; lack of understanding of the spectrum of disability; unintentional insensitivity… the list goes on."
The list does go on and it includes editors that continue to use imagery of able bodied models instead of imagery of real people with a disability. This whole article is about creating opportunities for employment but by choosing this image that opportunity was denied to a model with a disability. Editors and authors need to start taking responsibility for what they publish and walk the talk. If you are in doubt about the authenticity of an image do a simple "same series" search and make sure that the model in question isn't standing at a white board two images on. Using authentic imagery is creating employment for people with a disability and an increased demand creates greater opportunities. Or as Richard Branson so aptly put it The CEO Magazine is being Diversish.

theceomagazine.com In many areas of Australia, people with disability may not have easy access to the services they need. Workplaces have ignored the importance and benefits of inclusivity for too long – it is time to step up and take responsibility.

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The Provincial Hotel Ballarat - A Luxury Accessible Getaway | TravAbility

We have just completed a week working with Visit Ballarat helping review their Accessible Tourism capacity. As a teaser we thought we would share this gem. All too often the accessible accommodation is the lowest room type, down the end of the least used corridor with a view over the dump-master, but not in this case. Simon and Gorgi Coghlan, in refurbishing the historic Provincial Hotel, have created two exquisite luxury two bedroom accessible apartments. We need to see more accessible accommodation across the entire range of room types to cater for the diverse needs of travellers with a disability. In the meantime if you are looking for that special weekend away or an extended stay in the Victorian Goldfields take a look at The Provincial Hotel in Ballarat. The Provincial Ballarat

travability.travel The Provincial Hotel sits pretty on Ballarat’s historic Lydiard Street. Built in 1909 the iconic building, recognised by the National Trust, has housed a myriad of publicans and hoteliers, each enriching the hotel with greater grandeur. Identifying a market for luxury, boutique accommodation, cou...

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Everyone's Moomba | TravAbility

In 2019, The Committee for Melbourne's Future Focus Group will undertake a number of activities with a view to improving inclusiveness of the Moomba Festival for future years. As an organisation dedicated to Accessible Tourism, we endorse this initiative from the Committee for Melbourne's Future Focus Group the outcome of which is hoped will bring the level of accessibility information to the level we would expect to see from a major international tourism destination at one its its key tourism events. #everyonesmoomba #moombafestival #accessibletourism #diversity #inclusion

travability.travel In 2019, Destination Melbourne will undertake a number of activities with a view to improving inclusiveness of the Moomba Festival for future years:

Soap Box Warning:
Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming some American visitors to Melbourne off the Holland American Noordam. At the peak of the disembarkation period, 9:15. The accessible tram stop at Beacon Cove was occupied by a locked unattended tram with a sign in the window "not taking passengers" There were no PTV or Yarra Trams staff to be seen which left no alternative for passengers but to lift wheelchairs into serviceable trams stopped short of the accessible platform. Melbourne has a "Visitability" Program and one of those key pillars is accessibility. We have low floor trams and raised platforms to facilitate the movement of passengers with a disability throughout the city. How can it be that on a cruise ship visit day a tram not in service is parked at the accessible platform during the peak time the platform is required? As a city we need to be better than that, especially when we are on show to international visitors. If it was a mechanical fault, where were the PTV or Yarra Trams staff or even a portable boarding ramp to facilitate loading of passengers with a disability from the cruise ship? As a city we need to recognise the significance of accessible tourism to the Visitor Economy and we need to start incorporating accessibility into operational plans for when things go wrong. It is not just about have low floor trams or accessibility platforms, but having travellers with a disability front of mind in the daily customer service plans. We have one of the best accessible CBD transport systems in the world, we need to make sure it is available. #AccessibleTourism #Melbourne #Tourism

Thinking of visiting the Land Down Under? Australia has a rich diversity of landscapes from the rugged wilderness of Tasmania, the Tropical Rainforests and Great barrier Reef of far north Queensland, the beauty of pure white beaches or the harsh red centre. Indulge in some of the world's best food and wine or learn about the rich culture of the Dreamtime. We can plan and arrange your perfect accessible adventure to the Great Southern Land no matter what your interests are. Contact us today to start your planning. http://travability.travel/content/contact

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Bali 10 Day round trip | TravAbility

Looking to escape the cold this winter? How about 10 days in Bali on this group departure. Friday 14th of June to Sunday 23 June 2019.

travability.travel A journey through the island of the gods. Balinese culture is embedded in a breathtaking countryside of volcanoes, tropical forests, green paddy fields and the blue ocean.

Some images from Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp's Adaptive Outdoors program with Parks Victoria's Volunteer Sherpa Program. YMCA Victoria

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