People with age or disability related mobility issues and their families know online resources for accessible venues are limited and typically unreliable. Our mission is to encourage intergenerational vacation travel by providing detailed, convenient and accurate accessibility information for anyone who needs it for themselves or a loved one. This online magazine serves as valuable resource full of essential information related to a wide array of disabilities.
We decided to go one step further…because we found the number of truly accessible accommodations available for intergenerational travel is very limited, we decided to take out a loan to build a vacation rental property based on universal design concepts . We purchased land in Texas Hill Country near Granbury, Texas, which is currently the number one small town tourist destination in Texas. With great care and much research, we designed and built the home, and by February 2017 we were ready to rent to guests. To promote further comfort and ease of travel for those needing this type of accommodation and choosing our property, we rated local venues on a 5 star system for accessibility. We considered parking, ease of entry, accessibility of rest rooms, customer service and more for each type of venue. Thus far, we’ve had guests from throughout the U.S. including Maine, California, Utah, Wisconsin and, of course, Texas. MORE INFO ABOUT ACCOMMODATIONS
What Do People With Disabilities Enjoy Doing? For the most part, the same things the rest of us do! Why wouldn’t they? Many individuals with mobility issues enjoy traveling, eating out and attending the theater. Unfortunately, doing so is more difficult for this population than for others. Accessibility is a hot topic these days, but we have some work to do before we can say we live in a world where everyone can fully participate.
Those with mobility disabilities are more like other people than different. Like gender, ethnicity, height and weight, a disability is part of being human. An estimated 3.5 million wheelchair users currently reside in the U.S., and the number is climbing rapidly due to the aging baby boomer population.
Individuals with disabilities spend approximately $17.3 billion annually on travel, dining out and entertainment, and when you add friends and family to the mix, the economic impact reaches $34.6 billion per year. Providing easy access is important, not only to make this group feel welcome and comfortable, but because it simply makes good business sense.