Recommended Reading for 24 September, 2010: Travelling Edition
This edition, like the transportation edition earlier this month, was Anna’s idea!
Gentle reader, be cautioned: comments sections on mainstream media sites tend to not be safe and we here at FWD/Forward don’t necessarily endorse all the opinions in these pieces. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Disability News Asia: Tata Motors buses for Commonwealth Games in India will be disabled-friendly:
Tata Motors will deliver disabled-friendly vehicles to the Delhi Government for the Commonwealth Games this year.
“We have an extra order to make 400 buses for the Delhi Transport Corporation to be used during the Games, of which some will be disabled-friendly,” Mr Ravi Pisharody, President, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors told Business Line.
flightmapping.com: EasyJet face French probe over disability policy:
France’s Transport Minister, Dominique Bussereau, has asked the French civil aviation authority, DGAC, to investigate allegations that easyJet would not allow disabled passengers to fly without a travel companion.
OC Transpo unveiled on Friday its new announcement system that will give riders both visual and audio alerts about upcoming stops.
The $12 million system will include an interior display showing the bus route number and each upcoming stop.
Leah Jane at The Quixotic Autistic: Travelling while Autistic:
I want to note something about travelling while autistic, especially across international borders. It is not easy. These days, flying is difficult enough for neurotypical travellers, but for those of us who are disabled, it takes on a whole new level of struggle, humiliation, and anxiety. My own experience is negligible, but others go through sheer terror in their effort to get from point A to point B.
Harriet Baskas at USA Today: Travelers with disabilities face obstacles at airports (really? really?):
[…]next month the Open Doors Organization (ODO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will host a conference about universal access in airports. On the agenda: tools, technology and training to help both airports and airlines do a better job of serving travelers with disabilities.
Lastly, a quote from Mhairi McGhee of the Haringey Disability First Consortium:
In a city like London, if you can’t get about easily, safely and cheaply, then no matter how many hearing loops, braille leaflets or ramps there are, you do not have real access to services.
That’s from Disabled ‘can’t use’ half of all bus stops in the Hornsey and Crouch End Journal, or, should I say, the ‘Hornsey’ and Crouch ‘End’ Journal.
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