A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the innovation session for travelers with disabilities. I traveled to Washington D.C. with the intention of increasing visibility to the needs of travelers with disabilities, but also to have a fun weekend. A little work followed by a little play! Day 1 (Wednesday)… Continue Reading Daman Takes On DC!
Daman Wandke, our CEO, wrote this blog post in 2012 about the challenges he faces when he travels. He created AbiliTrek to start solving the issues faced by travelers with disabilities. Travel for me is usually a reminder of how prevalent ableism is in our society. Like racism or sexism, one definition of ableism is… Continue Reading A Week of Travel with Ableism
As we come to the end of October, I wanted to write a note about National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). We celebrate NDEAM every October and this year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” This theme means a lot to me as I reflect on my roles as an entrepreneur and a disability advocate. We… Continue Reading Inclusion Drives Innovation
I attended the 2017 No Barriers Summit in Lake Tahoe, CA in June. This is the one conference each year that I will not miss. This year my agenda included whitewater rafting and rock climbing. With over 800 people all breaking barriers, this conference pushes your boundaries by allowing you to accomplish what you think… Continue Reading A No Barriers Life
Twenty-seven years ago, Americans with disabilities were finally granted their civil rights and equality with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Advocates fought hard to get Congress to pass the ADA, staging protests such as the Capitol Crawl where people with disabilities got out of their wheelchairs and crawled up the steps… Continue Reading Life with the ADA
I have Cerebral Palsy, a physical disability and travel a lot for both business and pleasure. Throughout my travels, there has been a big pain point – finding an accessible hotel room that meets my needs. As a technology consultant with my MBA, I set out to solve this problem. Let’s start with a story. … Continue Reading My Entrepreneurship Story
Happy New Year! Between IT consulting and startup life, I found time to get away with my family. We went on vacation to Imperial Beach, CA, just south of San Diego. A waterfront hotel, ocean pier, and power beach wheelchairs made this a great destination for an accessible vacation! We started our travels with a… Continue Reading A Traveler’s Notes: Imperial Beach, CA, December 27, 2016 – January 1, 2017
“A Traveler’s Notes” is a blog series written by our CEO, Daman Wandke, after each one of his trips. This blog is a short discussion of the accessibility issues he has faced while traveling and how he overcame them. I went down to the San Francisco office of SSB BART Group, the company I… Continue Reading A Traveler’s Notes: San Francisco, CA | December 8th-10th, 2016