Published: 07/06/2013 14:35
Many of us take for granted things that are out of reach to others – for example, the ability to travel anywhere on earth. What possibilities are there to explore new destinations in spite of impaired mobility?
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This article tells you where and how to travel, alone or with a group, despite impaired mobility. There are lots of diverse possibilities – from residential holidays to voluntary services: the choice is yours!
Accessible travel in Germany
On its website, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology includes a section about exploring Germany and experiencing its cities in ways that were previously impossible. For example, it tells you about a “sensory city tour” and gives detailed information about the accessibility of public transport.
Accessible travel worldwide
Before you set off on your travels, use Wheelmap for information about the accessibility of your intended destination. Wheelmap works similar to Wikipedia, which means that users are able to add new information about accessible places. You can even explore Africa with this map! However, the project is still in its infancy.
Accessible travel for young people
How about spending your summer holidays going sailing or at a summer camp, just like the other kids? Or going to “Rock am Ring”? It’s all possible – there are associations that work to make dreams come true for kids and young people with impairments.
Social engagement overseas despite disability
Many young people would like to become actively involved in social or ecological projects, preferably in another country. Why should young people with disabilities miss out on this opportunity?
IJGD offers a wide range of workcamps. Young people from all over the world come together for 2 to 4 weeks to work within a social or ecological project. If required, physical impairments can be taken into consideration: http://www.ijgd.de/FAQ.256.0.html#wunschcamp
Voluntary services are no longer out of reach, either – for example, a deaf-mute girl travelled to Uganda for a year with “weltwärts”: http://www.bezev.de/freiwilligendienst.html
The “Integration through Exchange” programme works with partner organizations across Europe to improve job training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged people through transnational exchange programmes. Many projects are listed on their database.
Study time abroad for students with disabilities
Students looking to study for one or two semesters at an accessible university abroad should not be denied this opportunity: check this brochure (in german) for details about potential sponsorship, insurance requirements and other considerations.