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.
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    Invention of Accessibility: French Urban Public Transportation Accessibility from 1975 to 2006
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Larrouy, Muriel
    This paper discusses accessibility policies of the French Ministry of Transportation and the two urban mass transit companies in France. One company is the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), France's leading urban mass transit company. The second transit company, which is much smaller than RATP, is the Société des Transports Poitevins (STP). Both company’s actions illustrate policies pursued for almost the last thirty years. This article will focus on RATP. The two aims of this article are to show how a) new solutions for facilities of public transportation networks are linked to the way stakeholders view disability and b) how changes in this view have reflected stakeholders’ moves to promote their idea of accessibility and disability.
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    Toward a Global History of Inclusive Travel
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Horn, Laurel Van ; Isola, José A.
    This paper provides an overview of the development of inclusive travel and tourism, from its origins in the United States and Europe following World War I and II to its current status as an increasingly important and viable movement worldwide. The paper investigates the key roles played by disability organizations, disability rights legislation, technological change, international organizations and pioneers within the travel and tourism industry. Developments are described sector by sector for air travel, ground transport, the cruise lines and the hospitality industry. While the primary historical focus is the U.S., the paper also highlights advances taking place in Dubai, Egypt, India, Japan, South Africa, Thailand and other countries. It concludes with a case study by José Isola of the development of inclusive travel in Peru. Mr. Isola also describes disability conferences that took place in South America in 2004. It is hoped others will begin to investigate the development of inclusive travel in their own countries and regions and contribute to a truly global history.
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    Forum Introduction: Travel and Tourism Through the Lens of Disability Studies
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Rains, Scott
    The purpose of this Forum is to establish the topic of travel as a legitimate and illuminating area of inquiry within the broader realm of Disability Studies. My hope is to provide a volume containing works that will be foundational as well as evocative of future lines of research. To that end, this Forum began with a call for papers addressing four topic.
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    Learning Disabilities: The Missing Discussion in Disability Studies: Is There a Possibility for Alliance?
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Mazher, Waseem ; Reid, Kim
    We propose an alliance between disability studies (DS) and the field of learning disabilities (LD); an alliance based on the need for shared research ethics and a critique of contemporary educational practices that perpetuate misunderstandings and marginalization of disabled students. The positivist thinking that has permeated both research and instruction in LD has resulted in significant minority overrepresentation. Not only could LD benefit from DS social analyses and humanities scholarship, but DS could become a more inclusive, more representative discipline.
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    RASEM Squared: Assisting Students in their Transition to the STEM Workforce
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2006) Misquez, Ed ; Stile, Steve ; McCarthy, William C.
    RASEM Squared works to increase the number of people with disabilities pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. To accomplish this goal, it provides funding directly to students to support their college education and to educators who accommodate students with disabilities in their STEM curricula. This paper describes several projects that illustrate RASEM Squared’s activities, and identifies six major issues that have arisen in its work. These issues involve student self-disclosure, transition from supports under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to those under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), training of special education and science education teachers, use of assistive technology (AT) devices, compatibility of software and hardware, and links between services.