Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Squeaky wheels: How mobility-challenged people and caregivers of mobility-challenged family members experience travel and tourism
by Gruca, David L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 28; 1493196
Abstract (Summary)

For someone who is mobility-challenged it is extremely difficult and frustrating getting around. Just moving around your own neighborhood can be a nightmare. These issues become doubled when one who is mobility-challenged, and in my case in a wheelchair, decides to travel. The issues of accessibility are a major concern. These issues not only affect the person who is mobility-challenged, they also affect the caregiver of the family member who is mobility-challenged. The issues of accessibility, along with the daily routines of the mobility-challenged person, do not go away just because they travel. On the contrary, in many ways the work that their caregiver must perform is doubled. Therefore, the purpose of this Documentary was to use video equipment and photography to record the different perspectives of mobility-challenged people and their caregivers, during a 14 day cruise to Hawaii in December 2008, about their experiences in the travel and tourism industry.

Keywords: Mobility-challenged, disability, spinal cord injury, caregiver, family member, vacation, travel, tourism, accessibility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, R. Scott
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social structure, Recreation
Publication Number: 1493196
ISBN: 9781124617206
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