Warner wants to provide special service for disabled tourists

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Members of the disabilities association surround the handicap parking area at Woods Mall

The government says it has received further information on a proposal from advocate Bernard Warner to develop a special service for disabled and elderly tourists who still wish to enjoy the beaches of Antigua.

According to the government, disabled tourists often remain on board the vessels which bring them to the St. John’s Harbour, or remain confined to certain spaces at the hotels, he reported.

The disability group wishes to provide the technological improvements in wheelchairs that can be rolled into the sea, allowing those confined to wheelchairs to enjoy sun, sand and sea.

Warner presented various mats that have the ability to allow for wheeled chairs to enter on the beach and to carry the user to the water’s edge were displayed in pictures.

The group reportedly agreed to make the investment once assured that it could ply its trade to cruise vessels and hotels.

The special van which the group uses to carry wheel-chaired passengers would have to be specially insured and provided a license to operate at the ports.

The Cabinet agreed to make representation on the group’s behalf, in order to assist with achieving the success for which the group aims.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Finally a great proposal from a guy who always just criticizes. I really see this enhancing our tourism product.

  2. This sounds very forward-thinking. I wish the Disability Association much success in this and other endeavours. I hope they will receive the necessary support and encouragement.

    P.S. – the authorities need to get touch on drivers who park in disability parking spaces without the required permit.

  3. I am a retired psychologist living in Canada. I have friends in Antigua but, because I have a disability that you cannot see (frankly, my dears, I still look marvelous…but getting around is hard), I cannot visit your lovely island. There are many people who have invisible disabilities. Most are quite private about it and often it is small changes that make all of the difference: it doesn’t have to be expensive usually, just thoughtful and creative. I admire your position on this matter and am grateful that you are thinking about it. One of my specialties was disabilities (somewhat ironic).

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