RDS Volume 2, No. 2

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    Universal Management: A Proposal to Change the Direction of Accessibility Management in the Australian Tourism Industry to Create Benefits for All Australians and Visitors to Australia
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Rice, Peter
    In order to realise the full benefits of Universal Design (UD) as a valuable new contributor to the management of access for people with disabilities UD concepts and lessons need to be translated into real decision making and action by boards of directors and managers at all levels of organisations across the world. The development of a concise and clear set of seven principles for UD can be an exciting foundation for management principles applicable to every organisation addressing challenges and changes within our communities in the decade to come. Eleven principles of Universal Management are presented for leaders and thinkers in government, judicial, corporate, administrative and organisational spheres of influence. Every manager is invited to rethink the way in which all products and services are designed, delivered and maintained, translating the excellent tenets of UD into new managerial intentions and action.
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    Optimization of Hotel Reception and Accommodation Service Management for Guests with Disabilities
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Flores, Marina
    This paper focuses on the requirements expressed by travelers with disabilities in relation to their safety and comfort with reception and accommodation services offered by hospitality organizations, including hotels, motels and guest houses. These findings should open a clearer panorama to hospitality business managers by allowing them to develop better strategies for providing desired levels of friendly assistance and practical facilities. The approach selected is based on statistical methods. The compiled information was obtained via (a) feedback forms given to potential travelers with disabilities, (b) questionnaires given to hospitality business managers, and (c) interviews with hospitality business managers and organizations dealing with people with disabilities in North America, the European Union, Oriental Europe, and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. However, the results can be easily adapted to other regions in the world. The conclusions are intended to be useful to people with disabilities and, in addition, to provide valuable information for hospitality business organizations that will allow them to improve their management criteria to retain these important guests while gaining new ones.
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    Making an Impact: The Benefits of Studying Abroad
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Scheib, Michele
    Qualitative interviews with ten individuals with disabilities who participated in a study abroad program within the past eight years, compared equally to long-term outcomes cited in studies with the general study abroad alumni population. Students reported increased self-confidence, independence and career or educational gains related to their study abroad experiences.
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    No. 1 Piano Paralympic in Japan
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Heng, Lee-chin
    The author describes her participation in the first International Piano Festival for the Disabled in Japan in January 2005.
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    Ethnobotany on a Roll!: Access to Vietnam
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Nguyen, My Lien T.
    This article describes the research and experiences of an ethnobotanist with a physical disability working in Vietnam. Due to a spinal cord injury, the ethnobotanist uses a wheelchair and walking canes to explore the bustling food markets of Vietnam. Information and recommendations are provided for equipment and traveling to and in Vietnam, particularly for those interested in conducting scientific research and for travelers with physical disabilities. Success is largely due to the mutual respect and kindness shared by people along the way, and by accepting and accommodating to given situations. Appendices of resources for travel in Vietnam and educational granting sources for people with disabilities provided.