Spinal Life Australia, in partnership with technology group Cérge, has developed the Access Accelerator program for tourism operators in Queensland, to make them more accessible and inclusive for travellers with diverse accessibility needs.
The program is launching this month starting with the Sunshine and Fraser Coast regions with a series of workshops and training sessions for participating businesses that includes
hotels and major tourist attractions. In an interview with Link, SLA senior advisor for access and advocacy Dane Cross said training comprises a four stage process, starting with immersive style disability awareness training that sees participant undertake a series of challenges, all while experiencing a simulated disability condition, e.g., using a wheelchair or blindfold and vision cane. The training is intended to give participants an understanding
and experience of the requirements of people with disability.