Shepparton SCI Regional Network Meeting – July 2018
The Shepparton SCI Regional Network met again on July 4 at the The Peppermill Inn. This time they welcomed Bill, the founder of TravAbility to learn and discuss accessible travel. TravAbility is a full service travel agency for people with all abilities. They organise travel for people keen to discover the world or explore Australia’s backyard, for both adventure and leisure.
Bill founded TravAbility approximately 5 years ago after difficulties arranging travel for a group of elite disabled sailors traveling to Canada. It was here that TravAbility was born! Bill has a wealth of knowledge of accessible places to visit in Australia and overseas.
The main takeaway the group took from his presentation was organisation, organisation, organisation! He discussed the pitfalls that people often experience and how to avoid them, and the importance of not assuming when making travel arrangements. For example, Bill advised to always ring the hotel to see if the room and building is truly “accessible”. Do not just rely on what the website tells you.
Bill also gave insight into the flight industry, which can be a big barrier for some people thinking of traveling long distances. Everyone was surprised to hear that there are no generic airport lifts for airlines to transfer someone from a wheelchair to inside the plane. So while one airline may use one, the next may not, as each airline is governed by their own Occupational Health and Safety policies. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to check with each potential airline to explore if they will provide what you need to get on and off the plane.
Overall, the group thoroughly enjoyed having Bill speak to them and were very impressed by TravAbility’s services. His presentation generated lots questions and enthusiastic discussions. The group thanks Bill for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit, and also to The Peppermill Inn for the use of their conference room, for organising a great lunch, and their great service.
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 01 Aug 2018
The Peppermill Inn
7900 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Shepparton
Available at venue
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Geoff on 0428 292 421 or email [email protected]