Other shortlisted practices 2014

Tourism made accessible in Australia

An international website devoted entirely to accommodation and leisure venues which are accessible to people with disabilities around the world.

Australia For All Alliance is known by its peers in the disability community for taking on subjects which have ‘fallen through the cracks’.

Sheila KING
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Tourism Website
Organisation:Australia For All Alliance
Country
of origin
Australia
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with physical disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Website offering an overview about touristic venues

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Started in 2007
  • Started covering facilities in Australia and now covers 64 countries
  • Awards won: Community Idol at the “Communities In Control” Conference 2007, award from the Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Assosciation for “Creating Value Through Participation” 2008, National Disability Award in Canberra 2010

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Persons with physical disabilities have problems collecting information about touristic venues and points of interest concerning accessibility. They have to check various websites with accessibility borders to get the information.

PROJECT

This site encompasses all the tourist needs to know on one page. The challenge was to make it accessible to people with various impairments at one time. It also uses maps to search for venues in a certain area. Since 2007 it has been expanded from Australia to 64 other countries worldwide.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

Starting 2007 the international accessible tourism website grew to have over 44.000 visits so far. Facilities of all sizes and services, from large hotel chains, motels, restaurants, theme parks, other points of interest are now approaching Australia For All Alliance with requests to enable their inclusion on the website. All funds are obtained by selling raffle tickets when funds are required for hosting etc. The project gets no direct support or for that matter support from any tourism organization but the aim to expand their service on national and international levels.

CONTACT

Ms. Sheila KING
Australia For All Alliance Inc
37 Cove Blvd, River Heads, Queensland, Australia
+61 741257771

sheilaking@bigpond.com
www.australiaforall.com

Nominated by: Australia For All Alliance Inc