I'm in the process of narrowing this down or formatting into about 5 different questions, leaving this as a more generalized question regarding laws similar to the ADA. This shall serve as the Starter Question.

Thank you for all the comments.

Reasoning for Question

I figured I'd post this section in opposition to all the negative comments I receive whilst I figure out a format for the multiple questions this idea I had will take. I want this question to survive here for multiple reasons:

Reason 1: It's been stated that I could Google for the answers I'm looking for regarding this idea of Travel for the Disabled, and while that's True, a Google Search will just spit out the laws etc that I'm looking for without the personal experiences of readers here, disabled or not.

Example: (I know it's not travel related, but keep reading)

Google gave me the Law, but I want to know from someone's personal experience if the law is Skirted, i.e in my hometown we have 2 bowling alleys that are ADA compliant but the nuance here is that I can only go to the Accessible Bathrooms of each, but I can't bowl because there are no ramps to the lanes. Technically, since the bathrooms are compliant, the buildings are, even though I've never bowled at either alley, as the alleys are skirting compliance.

How would anyone have known that those bowling alleys aren't compliant for disabled bowlers had I not told them through my experiences, as Google tells me in the Link to the ADA website that all buildings built after some certain date require accommodations? Reading just that I would believe I could go bowling at any alley in the US, but these 2 I cant.

Reason 2: There is no Central repository based on personal knowledge relating to disabled travelers. There are boatloads for able-bodied travelers. If they exist for the disabled, it's not centralized, i.e. I don't want to Google for Country Tourism sites, and then correlate that with the law sites, and hope for the best...


Drawing from jpatokal's link in his answer, and to quote Martin Heng:

This was not travelling as I have known it, but it was enough to show me that undertaking a trip as a disabled person requires a lot more planning and preparation. Did I have enough medical supplies? What equipment did I need to take and what could be hired there? What were the airlines’ policies on luggage allowance and mobility equipment? Would the accommodation be as accessible as advertised? Would I be able to manage the bed and bathroom set-ups? Would I need to hire a van that would take my wheelchair or could I manage without? Gone were the days of stuffing as much as possible into a backpack and just getting on a plane with no fixed itinerary.

who continues:

Wrong! There is quite a lot of information out there but it isn't easy to find – much of it is siloed in special-interest websites or hidden away on local government websites, often only in the local language. Recently a number of websites and mobile apps have sprung up that seek to fill this void, primarily by looking to the public to rate venues for their accessibility and provide reviews of accessible accommodation, restaurants and so on. However, most of these are quite local in nature – at the city or country level – and it's clear that the take-up has not yet been at a scale necessary to make them truly useful.

Reason 1 and 2 fit both of these: Telling me to Google defeats the purpose of information sharing, and I don't know the language if I'm planning, therefore I can't Google, much less read the localized site. Stack Exchange was created to share information in these specialized areas for purposes as broad as disabled travel. Yes the Topic is broad, but the group it applies to is in a minority, not only in the US, but in every country worldwide, therefore I ask for each country. I don't mind correlating it in order to share it, but by doing it only once here, I decrease the planning required by disabled travelers, while making it easy to maintain. Sure I could author a website, but then my information would be as "silo'ed" as all the others, which defeats the purpose.

Current Laws

I am a disabled citizen of the United States in my late 30's. I suffer and deal with Cerebral Palsy, especially the section dealing with Self Care. I have a college degree and work as a Programmer. Before I die, as in on my bucket list, I would like to visit or live in a foreign country, and surely somewhere out there there are others who are in a similar situation to me who would like to do the same. I'm asking this question because I want to know which countries have laws similar to The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990:(Text)|(Governmental Website).

I want this question to remain here as a source of information for all disabled visitors and readers, as there are no sources of information that are all in one place. As such, after gathering Answers from readers, I will divide this question into different questions relevant by Topics, and Countries for future disabled travelers who Google for options.

As such, I'm asking you as readers to provide a paragraph or two answer relevant to the country you live in regarding the current law and statutes as it relates to your country's disabled citizens. For obvious reasons, I'm excluding the US, and no correct answer will be given as of yet. Please Provide Links, Quotes, etc relating to LAWS ONLY.

Future Links to Related Questions

closed as too broad by Dirty-flow, Flimzy, Kate Gregory, Aditya Somani, Mark Mayo Aug 7 '14 at 7:49

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    too broad for our format, can you narrow it down? – Dirty-flow Aug 6 '14 at 21:14
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    @ECarterYoung You should limit in 2 categories types of question: 1. Countries: Limit the list to 1 or 2, 2. You're asking about accessibility, prejudices, discrimination, bathrooms (not exactly sure what that means, probably accessibility), and whatever else which by itself is too broad. So 1 category and 1 possibly 2 countries. 2nd question you linked is sort of grandfathered in from the beta days but isn't considered a good question by today's standards – Karlson Aug 6 '14 at 21:39
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    @ECarterYoung very broad question but I think in the uk you would find a lot of things you are after/have mentioned un your post. This link visitbritain.com/en/Transport/Getting-around-Britain/… has lots of useful info / links. I hope your planning goes well – Martin Jevon Aug 6 '14 at 21:57
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    @ECarterYoung you would have to ask 5 questions and then make a decision based on the answers - YES! That's exactly what we want. You can ask whether the UK has something like the ADA and how easy it is to get around and how the countryside differs from the cities and so on, you can ask a similar question for Japan and so on, and each of those will have value for someone with different aims than you who needs that information. It's slightly more work for you but way more value for future readers. See meta.stackexchange.com/a/185482/147247 – Kate Gregory Aug 6 '14 at 22:26
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    @ECarterYoung don't worry about having the "organizing question" to connect the others. Just ask (a whole new different) about the first country you're interested in, and then another whole new different question about the second and so on. The connections can happen by tags, or you can mention one question in the other which will add it to a Linked section that displays on the right. This "organizing question" doesn't fit our format at all. – Kate Gregory Aug 7 '14 at 16:42

To the best of my knowledge, no such global resource exists -- and that's a slightly more assertive statement than most, since I was at Lonely Planet when accessible travel manager Martin Heng presented his research on precisely this. There are a bunch of local efforts of widely varying standards and quality, OpenBritain being one of the better ones. There's an EU-wide European Network for Accessible Tourism, but this is mostly just an umbrella org for other European organizations, not really a practical resource.

Martin has recently launched a project called Travel for All that hopes to address this, although this is obviously not going to be solved overnight. As a first step, there is a dedicated Thorn Tree forum and Google+ community for travellers with disabilities, and there are a plans for a series of regional e-books.

Obligatory disclaimer: I no longer work for LP, and the thoughts above are mine, not LP's.

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