Disabled visitors tour island

DSC_0044A group of disabled visitors was able to enjoy a piece 
of Barbados yesterday through a tour facilitated 
by the Barbados Council For The Disabled (BCD) and the Ministry of Tourism.
The Council For The Disabled arranged a two-hour plus tour for the group of 23 people with disabilities at the request of Maureen Sinkule, co-founder of the Polio Group in Boca Raton, Florida. The group arrived this morning on the cruise liner Celebrity Equinox, which docked at the 
Bridgetown Port.
Travelling in three accessible vans, the disabled individuals got a good idea of the general make-up and landscape of the island through the tour, which travelled north, through Bathsheba on the East Coast, cross-country to St Joseph 
and St George –– stopping for pictures and sampling some 
of the culinary delights of Barbados,before heading back 
to the Port.
Speaking to the media before the tour started, Sinkule said she was happy the accessible vehicles were available in Barbados, giving the members of her group the opportunity to comfortably tour the island and not have to stay on the ship, as was the case in other countries. She said she found out about the accessible vehicles through the Fully Accessible Barbados website which is supported by the council, the ministry and other stakeholders.
DSC_0102“This is absolutely fabulous. We are very happy just to be able to have a sight-seeing tour, and have the vendors come to the bus. This vehicle is beautiful, it is clean, it is accessible, it’s safe, it’s wonderful. I know that’s a big financial commitment as well. But how good is it if nobody knows about it?” she asked.
Sinkule explained that the group, which has been around for 17 years, in 2003 looked at the possibility of members going on annual cruises through booking with Travel Group International.
“My booking agent allows me to come on board the ship, check it out and this way I can tell people I have seen it. And people take my word for it.
“I take pictures on board and, of course, I tell them that I find the accessible tours for all the islands and every time we come back to the same islands we use the same vendors over and over again, because they work with us and they understand what our needs are,” she said.

2 Responses to Disabled visitors tour island

  1. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell February 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    And the Lack of “disabled facilities” here in Barbados really doesn’t help much! This should have been thought about years ago as an important market. When I see how people pushing wheelchairs have to balance around on our roads with no sidewalks or ramps, I really wonder are we living in the stone ages.

  2. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway February 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Crudos to the Barbados council for responding to the request and as the requester said they come back to same vendor


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