This is a question for the Travellerspoint admin people and writers of this website really. I travel with a friend of mine a couple of times a year who is in a wheelchair and we always go to Amsterdam as he knows it very well and as he is in a wheelchair it is safe for us to go as we know where we can and can't go etc. But it would be good if there was more info on the internet for disabled travellers. I have looked extensively for info on various cities but disabled travel is very hard to research and none of it is aimed at young disabled people who like to go out clubbing etc. So why don't you at Travellerspoint start a forum all about disabled travel for ALL disabled travellers. People in wheelchairs also like backpacking and roughing it a bit and travelling just like able bodied travellers, but it is so hard to research. So that is my idea for a new section of the forum pages to help disabled travellers.
Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Have had this tab open for 3 days meaning to get around to it!! It's definitely not a bad idea and we've had several requests over the years via email about specific properties for example and whether or not they were accessible or not. I'm not sure if creating an entirely new forum is the way to go about it though? But I did have these other ideas that have a little bit more benefit in the long run in terms of keeping the information easy to find.
One way of making this work is to start updating the city/country guides in the wiki guide with information relevant to accessibility. There's no reason when mentioning restaurant x in Amsterdam that info couldn't be added on accessibility. As it's a wiki guide, this could be edited by anyone, including your friend, others in a wheelchair or you. That way the information is useful to both those travelling with and without a wheelchair and there's no reason for duplicating the content.
Another idea is to make a separate section inside the wiki guide, kind of like the Travel Health section. All it takes is a few persons really motivated to tackle a project like this. This would be more about general tips on travelling with a disability I'd imagine, than tips like 'nightclub y is great for wheelchair access'.
One thing I'd love is to be able to give clearer information on each properties page about whether or not they are wheelchair friendly. Some smart ones, like this one, include the information in their facilities and I know for a fact that they are very accessible. However there are others that include it like this one where I'm not so sure (just because I know the location of the property, it might very well be super accessible!). I think it would be a fantastic resource if we could give some kind of 'seal of accessibility approval' to those properties that have been vetted for, preferably by someone actually travelling in a wheelchair.
Okay, handing the mic over to someone else
Do let me us know what you think!
By the way, have you ever checked out access-able.com? We used to advertise with them and they've always seemed to have a lot of useful information! In fact, that idea about properties being vetted for accessibility seems to have been done there at least to some level: example property
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 8, 2008, at 1:29 PM by Sam I Am ]