More Americans With Disabilities Travel, Despite Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 3, 2005
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--A new study published Monday showed that there has been an increase in the number of Americans with disabilities who travel despite continued accessibility problems.
The study, conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc. for the Chicago-based Open Doors Organization, found that in the past two years, more than 21 million American adults with disabilities traveled for pleasure and/or for business -- a 50 percent increase over the same study conducted three years ago.
Researchers surveyed more than 1,300 adults across the country during a two-week period in February of this year.
Seventy-one percent of the respondents indicated that they dined out at least once and week, which is a 6 percent increase over the same study in 2002.
Still, 40 percent of those who dined out complained of the lack of room between tables. Eighty-four percent of those who interacted with airlines found accessibility barriers, and 60 percent of those who stayed overnight in paid accommodation indicated access problems.
"Many of the most common complaints identified by the study, such as heavy doors and lack of knowledge among staff, could be easy and inexpensive to resolve," noted ODO's executive director Eric Lipp.
"Strong demand in disability travel, study reveals" (TravelVideo.TV)
Press statement: "Disability travel on the rise despite barriers to access" (Open Doors Organization)