The number of people with disabilities is increasing and we meet this target group more and more in tourism.
I have been teaching at Edutus University since 2007 (legal successor of János Harsányi College since 2011), where I got closer to people with disabilities nearly three years ago. At the end of June 2016, I was responsible for conducting a one-day animation session in a summer camp organized primarily for mentally disabled children in Balatonszárszó, which was a great success. Based on the good experience and result, I organized a 3-day animation summer camp in Szászberek (mid-Hungary) at the Kökényes farm in the middle of August, so I could experience the everyday needs of this target group. In August 2017, I spent three days with physically disabled people in Austria: my experience included travelling with them as well, and I managed to gather a lot of experience about their life and challenges.
All these experiences led me to the decision to write my Ph.D thesis about a segment of the handicapped: the disabled – studying their position, role and opportunities in tourism, which is a hot issue to be researched more in-depth and yet no survey was conducted in Hungary until I have started it.
I believe that even some small steps can make a difference on the road to the goal, and trust that our initiative will be successful and useful for all concerned.