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Differently abled people can plan travels hassle-free; a website lets you do so

Checking if the hotel entrance has a ramp at a gradient of 1:12 or below; checking the height of the restaurant table; checking the height of the bed mattress is between 43cm and 48cm; that is the checklist of a traveller with disabilities.
When there are more than 18 crore people with disabilities in India alone tourism for this segment has huge potential. This is where UMOJA (Swahili word for inclusive), India’s first and largest online travel platform for accessible travel, comes into the picture.
Launched 6 months ago, it caters to a travel segment that includes wheelchair users, visually impaired, hearing impaired, paraplegics, quadriplegics among an ever-burgeoning geriatric population. It is first-of-its-kind in India but such websites are easily available in countries like the US and the UK.
Yeshwant Holkar, CEO and co-partner of UMOJA Travels, said they started the groundwork 2 years ago. “When we first started speaking with hotels about the concept of accessible travel, very few saw the potential. The common perception of people with disabilities is that they are very poor, or they just stay at home, or they’re a nuisance to deal with…and how many of them are there anyway,” Holkar said.
He added that there are over 18 crore people with disabilities in India alone. “And they like traveling and can afford to do it. Our job is to convince hotels, restaurants, taxi providers and anyone else that people with disabilities are great customers. If you provide them with the facilities and services they require, they’re loyal, well paying customers just like anyone else.”
Source: TOI

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