Each month, our site on accessible hotels and accessible travel will feature a new theme. January, 2012, our first month of operation, has the theme “Don’t Dis’ My Ability”. Since we just began the site and did not get the theme up until nearly the end of the month, this will be our theme for February, March & April months too. The reason isn’t laziness, or that we’re too busy. (Okay, we’ll be honest, the reason isn’t JUST laziness and that we’re busy.) This is a theme that we believe is really important and affects people with disabilities every day. If we do not get any other submissions for theme slogans, we will present you with a new suggested one.
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Each month will focus on posts, images and links that relate to our theme, in addition to general travel information. What does the January theme mean?
As we see it, “Don’t Dis’ My Ability” means to consider the abilities of people with disabilities. To treat travelers with disabilities with respect, not disrespect.
What exactly does that mean? Well, for example, when a guest makes suggestions to a hotel about how to make their rooms, their public areas more accessible and then two years later makes the same comments, then five years later comes back and the hotel hasn’t changed, that is a disrespect for the guest who had the ability to identify needed improvements, the ability to voice them to management and had absolutely no response.
When hotel staff members talk to family members and co-workers of people with disabilities and ask what accommodations are needed, instead of asking the individual himself or herself, that is disrespecting the traveler’s ability to speak and state his or her own needs and wants. As one of our invited contributors said to a hotel clerk in this situation,
“Ask ME if you want to know what I need, don’t ask the person standing next to me. Yes, I’m blind. That means I can’t see, it doesn’t mean I can’t talk!”
In a few days, we’ll have a survey up and you can vote on the next monthly theme, which will be up in May. We’re always interested in your ideas, and if you want to suggest a theme (5 word slogan) for May and beyond, please post your comments here. Also coming up later this year is a “Design your own theme contest”, including t-shirts and or wristbands. Stay tuned!
and remember …
Don’t Dis’ My Ability!