Things have been a little quieter than usual here on the Have Wheelchair Will Travel website over the last few months, but for good reason. I’ve been working on a new project which I’m super excited about.
Today I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the details. We’ve just co-founded a disability specific magazine, Travel Without Limits. While I champion inclusion in mainstream media and write an accessible story in each issue for Family Travel magazine, I also recognise the limitations in this medium. I believe accessible travel deserves space to provide detailed and specific information which will help people achieve their travel dreams. A dedicated magazine will allow us to do that.
This project is personal for me. When BJ was little, I looked at travel brochures and magazines and didn’t see stories or images which reflected our family life or addressed our challenges. I found it isolating and it made me feel excluded. I had a young toddler and I was searching for information which would prove to me he wasn’t going to miss out on all that I’d hoped for him. I didn’t see anything which reassured me.
Since then, social media and the sharing which happens across the globe has bridged some of the divide, but I think we can go further. Why not have a travel magazine which is tailored to sharing accessible information for the varied needs and challenges faced by people travelling with a disability. With almost 20% of the population living with a disability it makes sense.
The first issue of Travel Without Limits will be available at the Source Kids Disability Expo in Melbourne 29/30 March, at the South West Disability Expo in Liverpool (Whitlam Leisure Centre) 5/6 April and at various disability organisations.
And to ensure as many people as possible can access this information you can also read it online.
As with all things, this is a team effort. A big thanks to my co-founder Janeece who worked so hard on this with me. And to my family and friends who were there to listen and back me through the process. A huge thanks goes to all the contributors and to our Have Wheelchair Will Travel community members who shared photos. I am passionate about having real people in our magazine as much as possible. I’d have loved to use them all, but we received so many it wasn’t possible.
We hope you’ll support this venture by sharing the link to the magazine with disability organisations, friends and therapists. We’d like to prove to the world that there is indeed a need for this publication.
I’d love your feedback so please let me know what you think and share any tips for stories for future issues.