Department of Tourism gears up for accessible tourism

PHILIPPINES: The Department of Tourism-Western Visayas is gearing up for accessible tourism awareness program for persons with disabilities  in all tourism facilities and destinations in the Philippines.

DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said, that in line with the agency’s commitment to promote a barrier-free tourism industry, the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulations, DOT central office, the regional office, and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) will conduct a two-day seminar workshop on November 17 and 18, 2014 at the Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.

Catalbas said the seminar aims to provide basic information on accessible tourism and create awareness in the tourism industry in dealing with the needs of persons with disabilities.

The first day will focus on the regional forum on accessible tourism with an overview of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and NCDA mandates making tourism establishments accessible to persons with disabilities, universal design for barrier-free tourism, non-handicapping environment, and web accessibility.

The seminar will conduct sensitivity training of elderly persons with disabilities, including those that are physically, vision and hearing disabilities.

The second day seminar will deal on disability perspective and universal design with acting NCDA Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga and key mandates in disabilities with NCDA chief Rizalino Sanchez of the Information, Education and Communication Division.

The afternoon session will focus on practical and appropriate ways in handling persons with disabilities.

A certificate of participation will be awarded to each participant of both seminars.
Source: Sunstar

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