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Regional Seminar on Accessibility of the Environment, Universal Design, Tourism and Development Maputo, Mozambique March 1-3, 2010. Disability Inclusive Tourism as a tool to promote development "On Lessons Learned from the African Decade By Thomas Ong’olo 12 minutes.

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Regional Seminar on Accessibility of the Environment, Universal Design,

Tourism and Development

Maputo, Mozambique

March 1-3, 2010

Disability Inclusive Tourism as a tool to promote development

"On Lessons Learned from the African Decade

By Thomas Ong’olo

12 minutes


The african decade of persons with disabilities
THE AFRICAN DECADE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Universal Design,

  • The African Union declared 1999-2009 as the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

    The GOAL

  • The full participation, equality and empowerment of people with disabilities in Africa, favoring equalization of opportunities, full participation and their independence in society.

  • The Decade seeks to raise awareness about the situation of the estimated 80 million people with disabilities in Africa, and to identify solutions tailored to the African experience that enhance full participation, equality and empowerment.


THE DECADE OBJECTIVES Universal Design,

  • To significantly increase inclusion of disabled persons in all poverty reduction programs, the number of disabled children and youth in schools and educational programs, and the numbers of disabled persons receiving adequate health services.

    THE STRATEGIES

  • Strategies selected to achieve the objectives were building effective partnerships among Decade stakeholders, capacity building of disabled peoples organizations and allies in the region, as well as awareness building through public education events and improved regional communications.


Secretariat of african decade of persons with disabilities sadpd
SECRETARIAT OF AFRICAN DECADE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SADPD

  • The vision of the SADPD is that of an African continent where people with disabilities enjoy their human rights.

  • The mission of the SADPD is to achieve increased inclusive development and human rights for persons with disabilities by being a credible, knowledge based disability organization that works in partnership with African governments, civil society organizations (CSOs) and Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) in the mainstreaming of disability.

  • The Secretariat’s activities include capacity building and giving technical support to DPOs and governments on the African continent, facilitation of networks, to raise awareness about disability on the continent, to be a knowledge base on disability, development and human rights, as well as playing a role in the monitoring, evaluation and implementation of disability’s specific policy and programmes on the continent. Its programmes have covered in different degrees the following countries:


Major achievements of the african decade
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE AFRICAN DECADE SADPD

  • Setting up continental alliance of DPOs

  • Capacity building of DPOs to be voice of PWD

  • Evidence based research and advocacy

  • Relations brokering

    [Engaging governments in selected countries on issues of disability monitoring and implementation]

    Disability Legislations, Policies & Programmes

    Disability MAINSTRAMING in Government Plans, PRSPs

    Representation of Persons with Disabilities


How african decade achievements can foster access tourism
HOW AFRICAN DECADE ACHIEVEMENTS CAN FOSTER ACCESS TOURISM SADPD

LESSONS FROM AFRICAN DECADE CAN BENEFIT IMPROVING tourism FOR PwD.

This might include:

* Country's PRSP goals can be met by Inclusive Tourism itineraries,

By marketing PWD produced products to tourists

By hiring PwD in tourism-related roles

* African Decade website & publications can showcase projects to improve travel opportunities for PwD as domestic travelers and citizens in their own countries or as foreign guests in Africa

* The New interest by partners can be directed to support DPO projects  that build capacity for inclusion in tourism in achieving African Decade's objectives

*DPO can mobilize different groups of PWD to enroll in access tourism careers


Role of dpos
ROLE OF DPOs SADPD

Specific roles DPOs can play after capacity-building) in championing Inclusive of Tourism in their countries include:

  • Facilitate development of trustworthy information on destination and topics necessary to travelers with disabilities

  • Lobbying national tourism authority for accessible booking systems that guarantee access to accessible transport, lodging, and entertainment

  • Opening dialogue with professional & businesses on standardization of building codes and transportation policies around international best practices

  • Awareness with the media on examples of good business on tourism for PWD

  • Award for accessible tourist destinations with periodic ranking lists

  • Mobilize PWD to enjoy local tourist destinations


MARKET Potential OF Inclusive Tourism for PWD SADPD

  • Itineraries: Hot springs, managed by Ethiopia ex-leprosy

  • Fashion: Beedwork and style

  • Circuits: Sign language interpreters services


Recommendations for research
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESEARCH SADPD

The type of research still required in order for DPOs to communicate the business case for Inclusive Tourism in Africa include:

  • How local inclusive standards can promote accessible tourism

  • Show potential of PWD contribution in local tourism economy

  • How environment adjustment increases PWD reservations

  • Market value of African PwD population as potential Travelers


THE END SADPD

THANK YOU!!


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