13th May 2014 – ABLE TRAVELERS

March 5, 2014  |  by Pietro Rosenwirth  |  Activities, Calendar

On Thursday 13th May, at 2.30 pm at the Community Piergiorgio Onlus of Udine.



Is it true that the chance to travel in complete autonomy is a privilege for the “normal people” only? About this topic, a discussion will take place during a seminar organized by the Bureau H of the Community Piergiorgio to claim the right of each person to move in freedom and to rationally schedule their accessible holidays without any surprise.

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The “passion for travelling” is a great disease, but are we really sure that it is a privilege typical of a few people only,  and precisely of those without any physical problem?

Five exceptional speakers are denying this idea, which is still proper of many people,  and demonstrating with the facts that the right to travel, to move and to schedule their own holidays in freedom and without any problems belongs to everyone; on Thursday 13th, May they will give the public some ideas, suggestions and advice for affordable holidays by reporting their personal experiences.

From 2.30 pm, the Multifunctional Meeting room of the Community Piergiorgio Onlus of Udine, the promoter of the initiative, is changing into a welcoming “living room” where, in view of the spring and especially of the summer, five “special” travelers are demonstrating to the participants that everyone has the sacrosanct right to move, that on the territory there are a lot of situations which can help people with different handicaps to keep believing in their dreams of freedom and that you can take a train, a plane or a car towards a desired place even if you are alone and in a wheelchair.

Roberto Vitali is breaking the ice of the seminar “Able travelers”, open to the public, which will definitely be interesting for old people, pregnant women, families with children and people with eating disorders, different kinds of allergies and obesity too.

The task of “opening the ball” will be of the president and founder of Village for all, an association born to give reliable information in order to schedule a holiday, a trip or just a week end suitable for everyone’s needs. “Our mission is to guarantee to everyone their holiday. We are a high quality brand and through some information we assure to those who rely on us the choice of structures accessible for everyone”.

While Michele Franz of the CRIBA checks the requirements and the parameters of accessibility of the structures and of the tourist areas, the second part of the seminar will be completely devoted to the personal travel experiences and so to the history of those who, with their wheelchair or thanks to a special scooter, decided to travel the word, talking about  histories of accessibility and possible holidays.

Fabrizio Marta, founder in 2012 of the web project “Rotellando and of a section both on a blog and in the magazine Vanity Fair, knows it well. “Our goal is to describe the trip through the point of view of the place accessibility, visiting the provinces, more than the most famous cities, talking about the places we see and highlighting the histories of the people who live in them – discloses Marta, who is already getting ready to leave for Morocco, Malta and Finland – I just talk about the possibility of travelling and of moving in normality and on March the 13th I’m also describing my trip to South Africa, with videos and pictures”.

Also Pietro Rosenwirth, native of Trieste, is by now a veteran of the transfers, which he has never quit, in spite of his handicap, and that he faces thanks to a special scooter he himself made homologate in Italy and to which two additional back wheels have been added, in order to guarantee to the handicapped people too the right of transfer. “For me, travelling is not only a passion and a way to know and to confront myself with other people, but most of all it is a chance to continue my battles for accessibility and for the rights of the handicapped people which, alas, are not always respected- explains Pietro, who, in 2010, created the project “Travelling for a dream: beyond the barriers” – The right of transfer is a topic that still needs to be discussed”.

Sebastiano Marchesan, representative of the Regional Council of the associations for disabled people FVG, is concluding the afternoon, which will be useful to give the participants some concrete suggestions and personalized information; he will make a speech committed to the Accessible Districts as resources to qualify the tourist offer of the territory.

“It is going to be a practical and informal afternoon – points out Enrico Pin, informatics consultant of the Bureau H of the Community  Piergiorgio – Summer is not that far and the problem of the right of transfer, which is too often impeded by the architectural barriers, is a theme which must be debated. Moreover, it does not concern only the people with a physical or motor disability, but also more groups of people”.

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