According to the United Nations, there are more than 650 million people in the world living with some form of disability. Taking their families into account as well, more than 2 billion people are affected by any disability, thus representing one-third of the world’s population.

For these people, their everyday life can be a challenge due to a high amount of architectonic barriers and accessibility issues they have to confront with. However, we attempt to have a normal way of living, and this is extremely difficult when we leave the places we have already under control, when we travel.

The concept of accessible tourism was created to make the trips of these people easier. It is a kind of tourism focused on accommodating people with reduced mobility, vision problems, hearing loss, or any other dependence or cognitive problem, in order to make them feel comfortable.

The importance of transportation

The place to go is as important as the journey itself. It is crucial to check that both the mean of transport (when it is hired) and the departure place are fully accessible.

Usually, crowded places such as airports are equipped with lifts, ramps and automatic doors. However, every bit of verification is necessary. Besides, it is important to book special seats at airplanes, boats or coaches.

As important it is that transport companies have dedicated areas for people with reduced mobility, as they are warned that we will need them.

An accessible accommodation

In reference to those places where we will spend our nights, we will have previously confirmed that their accesses are simple and have no barriers that may complicate our entrance. Roads under optimal conditions, the opportunity of having ramps to access elevated rooms or the use of automatic doors for the entrance to the residence, as well as to the different parts of the accommodation, will be essential.

Be well-informed about what to visit

Lastly, we ought to plan beforehand the places we are about to visit, gathering information about all these spaces with any obstacle in their access. Museums usually use automatic doors, but if we plan to visit old architectural places, we have to verify in anticipation their accessibility. Theatres, cinemas and restaurants would have to eliminate any barrier at the entrance or internal mobility. However, previous verification is always useful.

With the great amount of spaces and places existing in the world, Manusa wishes to eliminate any accessibility obstacle that does not allow each and every person a free access. For that reason, we try to have presence in the maximum number of countries, thus helping the world to be more equalitarian, from which everybody could benefit.