From the Exmouth Journal:
A CHARITY, which organizes holidays for seriously ill and disabled people, has opened a new caravan at an Exmouth holiday park.
The Dream-A-Way charity’s £32,000 specially-adapted luxury holiday home is at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park and takes the organization’s fleet up to six caravans at the resort.
The new caravan was officially opened by Exeter schoolgirl Ashleigh Montgomery, 14, who sufferers from Hurlers syndrome.
Ashleigh – who is visually impaired and has mobility and breathing problems – and her family enjoyed a break at Devon Cliffs in 2000, shortly after her sister Charley was born.
This comes from the Jane’s Airport Group Website and written by By Alan Osborn and Ben Vogel:
A new era in the treatment of disabled travellers at European airports will begin on 26 July 2008, when EU Regulation 1107/2006 comes into force. This will grant a number of extra rights to passengers of reduced mobility (PRM) and impose new responsibilities on airport managers.
Airlines and travel companies are already subject to important requirements under the regulation – since July 2007, for instance, it has been illegal to refuse bookings from disabled passengers. From this July, however, Europe’s airports will be legally obliged to undertake duties that either did not exist at all in the past or that were previously handled by airlines and others. Thus all European airports with traffic of more than 150,000 passengers a year will be required to assist, free of charge, PRM (a category including many elderly people as well as the disabled) all the way from arrival at the terminal to emplaning and vice versa at the destination.
Airport personnel will have to be properly trained in disability awareness and handling. This could be a major task: according to the European Commission (EC), around 10 per cent of the EU population has reduced mobility. [more]
This article is from the Canadian Press.
OTTAWA — An appeal of ruling in favour of severely disabled Canadian passengers requiring an additional seat on airlines because they need medical assistance or are obese will not be heard by the Federal Court of Appeal.
The court turned down a request by Air Canada and West Jet to hear an appeal of a Canadian Transportation Agency ruling in January that requires them to offer a free seat to obese passengers who need one, or an attendant accompanying a disabled passenger.
The ruling leaves the airlines 12 months to draft regulations on accommodating qualified disabled passengers.
“We’re thrilled,” said Laurie Beachell, national co-ordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. “I think this may be a first for air travel.” [more]
We hope you are all keeping well. Epic Enabled has some exciting new developments!
YUUB (Your ultimate unlimited bridge) from the Netherlands has invested in the luxury BLUE TANGERINE guesthouse here in Cape Town and we are happy to announce that we, Alfie & Sabine will be managing it! We will move Epic Enabled’s base to the Blue Tangerine at 3 Bodrum Close, (P O Box 422) in Noordhoek, Cape Town and operations will proceed as usual with an additional luxury Guesthouse at your disposal!
This means you can now travel to Cape Town after one of our safaris or come directly and enjoy a fully accessible 5* Guesthouse with stunning views and experience the Epic hospitality! [more]