Having a disability myself, I have personally experienced the difficulties associated with the unexpected, unintended barriers that persons with disabilities and mature travelers face every day. Lack of information can be a barrier to people who venture out at the risk of frustration, delays and even injury. That is why Access for All has been launched, to make travel easier and to put out a large "Welcome to Minnesota!" sign to all travelers from around the globe.
Complete and accurate data will benefit mature travelers and travelers with disabilities, as well as their families and friends, by offering them detailed information pertinent to their individual needs. It will also benefit those in the travel, entertainment and service industries in attracting visitors and customers with disabilities. Persons with disabilities make up 20% of our population and that number will grow as baby boomers reach retirement age. Mature travelers, age 55-plus, took nearly 179 million trips in 1999, an increase of five percent over 1994, accounting for 31% of all domestic trips. In comparison, the highest share of domestic trips (45%) is by baby boomers, says a new report by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA).
Executive Director - Access for All