A two-week summer abroad trip to the South Pacific took a group of 33 students and staff to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, countries known worldwide for their accessibility to those with disabilities, according to Bryon Kluesner, M.S., Ph.D., Adaptive Technology Coordinator, Office for Students with Disabilities.
“The student participants learned quickly that cultural accessibility is often more valuable than physical accessibility itself. The people of Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia were not only accepting of the students with disabilities, but embracing of them and made us all feel like we belonged in their community and family,” said Kluesner.
Upon the group’s return, work began on a full length documentary which addresses international travel for people with disabilities. View a sample of the documentary at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD3LqQ6m_28
Kluesner invites those who would like to learn more about the group’s adventure to call the UTC Office for Students with Disabilities at (423)425-4006.