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
In an Australian airport first, Sydney Airport today launched a partnership with Aira, a service that enables blind and low vision travellers to confidently navigate the airport through a smartphone connection.
travability.travel In an Australian airport first, Sydney Airport today launched a partnership with Aira, a service that enables blind and low vision travellers to confidently navigate the airport through a smartphone connection.
Inbound international accessible tourism is growing. Our group from France enjoying Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Phillip Island Nature Parks Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade as part of their Australian Tour.
Reinforcing the fact that accessible tourism is not just about wheelchairs. In a world first, Scandic has now introduced a new standard for allergy-friendly rooms.
travability.travel Scandic is the world’s first hotel to introduce a standard for allergy-friendly rooms. This means that guests booking allergy-friendly rooms can expect considerations including wooden floors and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association. The r...
Don't forget tonights Para Cheerleading come and try session. If you want to be part of the fun contact [email protected]
Ever wanted to see the Emerald Isle? Join Deborah Davis as tour host on this fully accessible escorted 15 day of Ireland.
Accessible Travel is hard...
PushLiving makes it EASY!
This year PushLiving has planned a unique experience for people with disabilities and their travel companions. A trip with you in mind! Join us in this 2 week trip custom planned for beauty, fun, culture and access!! Spots are limited but we still have some available and would love to have you along!
If you are considering this opportunity please make sure to call 888-978-3082 or email [email protected] to book and we can talk about the tour.
#PushLiving #wheelchairlifestyle #wheelchair #travel #accessibletravel #disabilityTravel #Ireland #Dublin #disability #PUSHIreland #NoFEAR
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And the crowd goes wild! Rob Enigl mono skis Pond Skim.
🎥: Deadline Motion Works
Rarely in life are you fortunate enough to meet a true change maker. As I reflect today on the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Dr Scott Rains his legacy lives on. A true visionary and leader Scott envisioned a world where accessible tourism was mainstream and had the power of bringing together like minded people to share that vision and embrace the required change. The mark of a true leader and the power of their vision is when they loose control and the dream takes on its own life. 3 years on, the momentum is building around the world. Inclusive cities are now a priority and we have gone from a pioneering stage in the tourism industry to a growing number of early adopters. Most importantly, we are moving on from "access" to the realisation that accessible tourism is about creating inclusive experiences that can be shared by all. The legacy of what Scott created not only lives on but is gaining momentum around the world. I feel privileged to not only have had Scott as a mentor, but also as a friend.
travability.travel It is hard to distill the life's work of someone into a single statement, but the quote above stands out as the core belief of the inspirational visionery leader that was Scott Rains.
For 2019 Victoria becomes the second state in Australia to introduce an Excellence in Accessible Tourism category into its state Tourism Awards.
This category is open to South Australian and Victorian tourism businesses or attractions delivering tourism products or services that are welcoming for people of all abilities. Entrants must demonstrate how they have developed a tourism experience to become more accessible.
We would encourage all businesses offering accessible experiences to enter this years awards.
travability.travel For 2019 Victoria becomes the second state in Australia to introduce an Excellence in Accessible Tourism category into its state Tourism Awards.
With less than 500 days to go to the Tokyo Paralympic Games, if you are writing articles, papers or books on Paralympic sport or inclusion in sport have a look at some of our imagery from Rio that is a available for editorial use. http://www.travabilityimages.com.au/search/q/0-3,1,4,2-3-0-0-1-1-0-2-rio%25202016.html
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
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]
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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
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.
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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