- Bella TippingAustraliaBella Tipping
I am a 14 year old girl from Australia who is passionate about inclusion and in particular inclusive air travel for people in wheelchairs. I created a change.org petition requesting the major airlines to consider becoming the worlds first “Inclusive airline” It has been difficult getting my message out there and I honestly don’t understand why. I have reached out to people who I know have become outraged when they feel someone’s rights have been compromised and become instantly vocal to enact change- and I admire them for their passion. But somehow, they lack that same passion to fight for the rights of people with disability; but If we fight for equal rights, we need to fight for equal rights for everyone otherwise we lack integrity.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live in a world where everyone is included. I want to see everyone have the same access to all the amazing things this world has to offer and I believe that any form of discrimination or inequality is bad for your soul. I am not an engineer, nor am I the head of a billion-dollar corporation: I don’t have the answers on how things can be done, or why they haven’t been done. I am a 14-year-old girl who will fight for social change so when the people who are most vulnerable in life travel. They can enjoy the trip as well as the destination.
- Andy RenalsAndy Renals
Andy is a former firefighter who became a charity fundraiser after leaving the service due to ill health. A friend who is a C4/5 tetraplegic became aware of our 2005 project to build a holiday villa on the island of Cyprus. His statement “I wouldn’t mind a trip to Cyprus one day” set Andy thinking. This was the start of Villa Carpe Diem our accessible home away from home on the Island of Aphrodite. We believe in being the change you want to see. We work with friends and influencers globally to improve accessible tourism on the island and elsewhere. Progress is being made, 2016 saw Larnaca International Airport introduce the Eagle lifter, a life changing event for many who otherwise would be unable to enjoy Cyprus. The pleasure that our guests say they have when staying here is hugely rewarding.
- Niki RenalsNiki Renals
- Neha AroraFounder Planet Abled
St. Augustine said - The world is a book and those who don’t travel, read only one page.
Then why should one miss out on reading the most beautiful chapters of life just because s/he has a disability?
Planet Abled was incepted to fill this gap and give people with disabilities the freedom to travel and to break their limitations. Giving them an avenue to visit places freely and confidently, leaving behind social inhibitions and apprehensions about their capabilities.
Planet Abled wants to bring a paradigm shift in the way people travel by converting people with disabilities into avid travellers and creating a platform for inclusive tourism alongside.
To make people with different disabilities travel and experience the world with as much ease and flexibility and convenience as a person without a disability can.
Whether they want to experience a small facet of the city they are in or they want to travel across multiple cities of varied interests, Planet Abled has something unique, safe and enjoyable for everyone.
We want to open doors for people with disabilities to travel the way they want. If they are alone and want to travel with a group, if they want to travel solo, if they want to travel with their family/kids/parents/partner/friends or if they want to go on a honeymoon after their wedding, the possibilities are endless.
Bouquet of Services –
Local city Tours – Heritage, Food, Local Market, Music & Cultural Festivals, Shopping
Specially curated experiential holidays customised for people with disabilities in most states
of north India and Kerala
Meetups & Get-togethers
Awards & Recognition
India Responsible Tourism Award 2016 by Outlook Traveller and World Travel Market, London
- Best Innovation in Travel
India Responsible Tourism Award 2016 by Outlook Traveller and World Travel Market, London
- Over All Winner
NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award for the year 2016
Long listed for World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London 2016
Planet Abled was selected to present a paper on Universal Design in Accessible Tourism at
Tourism Naturally Conference 2016 held in Alghero, Italy.
Videos of Tours & Customer Feedback - Youtube
Our first Birthday Video - Planet Abled turns one
Check out the amazing Rafting Tour video .
Customer Reviews -- Trip Advisor
For Photo Albums - Flickr
Social Media - Facebook | Twitter
About the Founder –
Neha Arora, is the founder of Planet Abled, an organization which provides accessible and inclusive travel solutions for people with different disabilities.
With a totally un utilized degree up her sleeve Neha worked with companies like HCL, Nokia & Adobe before taking the plunge to start Planet Abled.
Born to parents with disabilities and the personal challenging experiences faced in travelling, she realized a huge gap existed in the society. Because when it comes to people with disabilities indulging in travel and leisure activities, no avenues were available.
In personal capacity, Neha also conducts workshops and awareness sessions in corporate and various forums for seamless amalgamation of people with disabilities in mainstream.
She has also been delivering sessions on Social Entrepreneurship in universities/ colleges including seminars organized by IIMs.
Awards & Fellowships in personal capacity –
Part of first cohort of Milestone Maker India program of NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Centre
India Inclusion Summit Fellow
Unltd Delhi Fellow
WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award
Rex Karamveer Chakra Award & Global Fellow
- Shahram Ariafar
Shahram Ariafar, proud father of a princess (6 years old) with intellectual disability. I have been living in 6 different countries and have travelled to more than 60 countries. I work at the Norwegian Armed Forces and a politician at the Norwegian Labour Party. My heart bits for well-being for children with intellectual disabilities and I am an active member of NGOs working for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. I founded Sky Inclusion in 2017 and have a blog (https://mitrashus.com).
- Hayleigh BarclayMy name is Hayleigh Barclay and I have a neuromuscular condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2. The nature of my condition means I have weak muscles, scoliosis and require the use of a wheelchair to assist my mobility. A few years ago I started the Plane Fair campaign to encourage the aviation industry to research new technology which would allow wheelchair users to remain in their own wheelchairs whilst travelling on a plane. Not only would this create inclusive travelling, but, would ensure disabled passengers both dignity and equal access. During the campaign I met so many wonderful people and hope that one day our aspirations become reality.
- Michelle ErwinFounder & President of Wheels UUSAMichelle ErwinFounder & President of Wheels U
All Wheels Up President Michele Erwin created All Wheels Up in 2011 trying to arrange a trip to Disney World with her son Greyson who has SMA. After experiencing the difficulties of traveling with a Wheelchair, she knew something needed to be done and embarked on the journey of getting wheelchairs crash tested for Accessible commercial flight.
Michele Erwin has a successful career in the Fashion Industry, having worked for notable fashion houses, such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. After her son was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and experiencing the difficulties of traveling with a Wheelchair she knew something needed to be done. Taking her business acumen and passion for projects she embarked on the journey of getting wheelchairs crash tested for commercial flight and created All Wheels Up.
- Leslie D. WeaverInventor, Patent HolderLeslie D. WeaverInventor, Patent Holder
Les has been a professional pilot in corporate aviation for 45 years. With 19,000+ flight hours of extensive worldwide operations, Les has captained the most technologically advanced Bombardier & Gulfstream aircraft for Fortune 100 corporations and private individuals.
In 2009, being faced with the dangerous task of hand-carrying a passenger up/down steep aircraft stairs he found it was a most de-humanizing, humiliating process. The indignity of ‘man-handling’ a person as if they were cargo, weighed on him heavily. In the 21st century, to not have widely available, dignified aircraft boarding solutions was upsetting. Les set out on a very personal mission to provide safe & dignified accessibility in aviation.
Les developed a strong, compact device available for quick, reliable use. Les’ lift is versatile; it currently serves on aircraft ranging in size from Boeing to King Air. His lift also serves in multiple applications – able to accommodate the unique needs of corporate, commercial and even military aviation.
Restoring the inherent right to personal dignity during the en/de-planning process has been the most humbling and important aspect of Les’ distinguished career.
- Mary DoyleAdvisorMary DoyleAdvisor
Mary Doyle is founder of Rocket Girl Coaching, which helps men and women get past their own challenges and find new, exciting directions, make brave choices and succeed in new roles. Mary is also a wheelchair user and disability awareness trainer, with a 20-year engineering management backgro
und, which took her all over the world. Mary is also a solo pilot, and ambassador for Flying Scholarships for Disabled People. She’s passionate about the customer experience, inclusion, human potential and technology. She can be found on Twitter @RocketGirlCoach.