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What is your Interest?
Corporate Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Environment
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What is your current job title / department?
I consult for several organizations including UNESCAP and the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development
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In 1999, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) introduced the concept of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP). One of its basic ideas is for highly indebted poor countries to develop their own comprehensive strategies on poverty reduction on the principle that civil society should participate in the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the poverty reduction strategy (PRS).

Poverty is a cause and a consequence of disability. Although this is evident, we as people with disabilities (PwD) and our NGOs (disabled people's organizations; DPOs) had to learn that PRSPs and the proposed measures did not automatically take our needs and interests into account in the process of being written. Thus PwD and DPOs rarely have the opportunity to participate in the formulation and implementation of PRSPs. A handbook was created to address that problem: <a href="www.making-prsp-inclusive.org">www.making-prsp-inclusive.org<...; .

At the concrete level, infrastructure is constructed that "discriminates by design." It is inaccessible and strengthens the ties between poverty and disability by architecturally-enforced exclusion. The Disability Rights Movement invented the concept an seven principles of Universal Design to address this. The goal of Universal Design is social inclusion and full participation in civil society by PwD. This is codified in the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Tourism is one of the major economic stimulants in many developing countries. Only since 1999 have serious studies of the travel behavior and purchasing power of PwD been done. In the US, to take only one example, in 2005 the 42 million PwD spent $13.6 billion on travel. Slowly the industry has taken note changing the design of the built environment and coming to view PwD as sources of profit central to their economic well-being. Accessible venues, travel packages customized to disability culture, and employees with disabilities have been the ongoing result. In this way the travel and hospitality industry is contributing to poverty alleviation at a systemic level.

This is timely because <a href="http://blogs.bootsnall.com/Scott-Rains/wp-admin/post.php?action=edi... 30 of the CRPD</a> establishes the right to physical access to and programmatic participation in tourism.

Application of Universal Design to the field of travel and hospitality is known as <a>Inclusive Tourism</a> and <a href="http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/travel_with_disabilities/115176... Destination Development</a>.

The need continues for research, training, product &amp; policy development, and marketing.
What knowledge, skills and experience do you have that you would be happy for people to contact you over?
My work in development revolves around the disability community and the travel and hospitality industry.
Website
http://www.RollingRains.com

The Centers of Excellence in Inclusive Tourism project proposes establishing three centers in strategic tourism destinations to promote inclusion in tourism and destination management. A description of the project is posted at Changemakers. Recent discussion appears in the window to the right. Add you own comments by posting here.
Thailand's progressive thinking on sustainable tourism has produced a public restroom project featured in this slideshow below. Although tourism can place a strain on existing infrastructure public sanitation is a very important but infrequently discussed topic.

Universal Design is the "social sustainability" solution complimenting green design in this project. We are working on refining and replicating similar projects: Find more photos like this on Article 30 Network

Scott Rains's Blog

An Example of Inclusive Sustainable Development in the Southern Cone of South America

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 4:40pm 1 Comment

In South America we have a dynamic network ("Rede" in Portuguese; "Red" in Spanish) Turismo para Todos (Tourism for All). It flows from a series of international, continental and local conferences on Universal Design, tourism, development, and disability and was convened by the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development.



The foundational document establishing the connection between Universal Design and sustainable development is known as the… Continue

Tourism, Development, and Disability

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 10:00am 5 Comments

In 1999, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) introduced the concept of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP). One of its basic ideas is for highly indebted poor countries to develop their own comprehensive strategies on poverty reduction on the principle that civil society should participate in the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the poverty reduction strategy (PRS).



Poverty is a cause and a consequence of disability.… Continue

Bangkok Recommendations on Accessible Tourism in Asia and the Pacific from ICAT 2007

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Bangkok Recommendations on Accessible Tourism in Asia and the Pacific



We, the representatives of Governments, tourism business sector and tourism-related professional organizations, accessibility experts, disabled people's organizations and other civil society organizations, met in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 -24 November 2007 at the Second International Conference on Accessible Tourism,



Appreciate the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Social… Continue

Inclusive Tourism: A New Strategic Alliance for the Disability Rights Movement

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Below is the text of the opening keynote of Presentation to ICAT 2007 held at the UN in Bangkok, Thailand. My appreciation to the various ministries of the Thai government, UNESCAP, and several disabled peoples' organizations (DPOs) including Disabled Peoples International - Asia Pacific (DPI-AP) and the Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF).


Dedication



Before I begin I would like to dedicate my comments today to my friend Topong Kulkanchit. I met Topong in… Continue

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 8:01am on April 9, 2008, Rosen Dimov said…
Greetings from Bulgaria. Should you need any help, please contact me...

For good, for EVER.
At 8:13am on April 9, 2008, Scott Rains said…
Thanks, Rosen!

Tell me about travel and outdoor sports opportunities for people with disabilities in Bulgaria.


Find more photos like this on Article 30 Network
At 4:30pm on April 11, 2008, Roger Tompkins said…
Hey!

Thanks for the comment and email. Looking forward to connecting and reading your website further. All the best.
At 8:37pm on April 12, 2008, Lily Zhang said…
Dear Scott,
It is so great to hear from you! Thanks so much for your comment!
If there is anything I can do for her from Lijiang, just please feel free to let her to contact with me! I also love to be in touch with her soon!

Thanks!
Lily Delete Comment
At 9:26pm on April 18, 2008, Len Cordiner said…
Thanks Scott, I'll check this out
At 7:39pm on April 27, 2008, Erle Frayne Argonza said…
Hi Scott! Pls join my circle of friends! You may also find my writings interesting for your needs. Mabuhay ka! (Long live thee!)
At 1:15pm on October 15, 2009, Marcus Bauer said…
Dear Scott. Cons to the "Person of the Year". A well earned award for your continuous efforts to make travel for all a matter of course.
Carry on
Marcus

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