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The Handiscover Accessible Travel Chat is presented by our host, Paralympian Jonathan Drane. Jono chats with a range of people with disabilities and what this means in terms of accessible travel. Jono explores their backgrounds as well as their travel experiences and stories, the difficulties they encountered whilst travelling with a disability and, also, how they overcame these obstacles.Visit www.handiscover.com for great accessible accommodations.

Latest Episodes

Covid-19 Series. Episode 01: Marcela Marañon

The Handiscover Accessible Travel Chat - Covid-19 Series. Episode 01: Marcela Marañon Marcela Marañon is a strong advocate for wheelchair accessibility, fashion inclusion, accessible travel, and access to medical assistive technology. Marcela has travelled the world and shared her message in several countries in educating others about accessibility. She knows first hand the hardships and inequalities faced for disabled travellers. Overcoming those obstacles has led Marcela to lead the charge in creating an accessible world by spotlighting the issues faced with accessible travel. Join us for this episode as we discuss the impacts of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus on Marcela's work, the travel industry as a whole and her day-to-day life.

56 MINAPR 18
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Covid-19 Series. Episode 01: Marcela Marañon

Episode 15: Andy Barrow, Wheelchair Rugby Captain, Speaker & Mentor

Wheelchair Rugby Captain, Speaker & Mentor At age 17, Andy Barrow suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands. Following this life-changing injury and an extremely difficult rehabilitation period, his life was transformed again when he discovered wheelchair rugby – also known as “Murderball”. Andy has been to three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of a record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row. He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and led the team out at the Beijing Paralympics – one of his proudest moments. Since retiring, Andy has gained experience as a speaker and mentor. He is a member of the Professional Speaking Association and Global Speakers Federation and has spoken for audiences across the world. In 2018, Andy has turned his attention to accessibility. His experience as a world traveller sees him working as a consultant wit...

48 MIN2019 DEC 6
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Episode 15: Andy Barrow, Wheelchair Rugby Captain, Speaker & Mentor

Episode 14: Kam Redlawsk, Artist, Traveller & Wheelchair User

Artist, Traveller & Wheelchair User Los Angeles Artist Kam Redlawsk was born in South Korea but was adopted and raised in Michigan since she was 4 years old. A rare muscle-wasting disease called GNEM began taking over Kam's body at the age of 20, however, in hindsight, symptoms began much earlier. Kam went from kicking soccer balls and running to making use of canes, leg braces and now a full-time wheelchair since 2012. Kam is a self-taught illustrator. She visually portrays her personal experiences with a degenerative muscle-wasting disorder and what it’s like to live with a debilitating condition. Kam believes an image can describe what words cannot. Kam is also trained in Automotive Industrial Design. She has been involved in product design, creative branding and art direction, graphic design, non-profit, advocacy and now illustration. She has designed an array of products ranging from cell phones, toys, electronics, and even contributed to the world's cheapest prosthetic knee j...

81 MIN2019 NOV 22
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Episode 14: Kam Redlawsk, Artist, Traveller & Wheelchair User

Episode 13: Natasha Lipman, Wheelchair User & Chronic Illness Blogger

Wheelchair User & Chronic Illness Blogger Natasha Lipman is a chronic illness blogger and Instagrammer from London. She writes about her experiences of navigating chronic illness as she makes her way into her thirties. Natasha started blogging in 2013 as a way to manage her feelings about her chronic illnesses. At the time, she was, unfortunately, hitting ‘rock bottom’ health-wise and was struggling to cope. At the age of 24, Natasha genuinely thought that her life was over and that she would never be able to function well enough to have any form of social life, let alone work. Natasha is now a journalist for a major broadcaster, working part-time from home. She set up a youth journalism project from home, including co-founding the first online platform for young Libyans to talk about their experiences of the Revolution, which won her a trip to India to meet Richard Branson with the Virgin Media Pioneers. Through her writing, Natasha’s goal is to share her experiences of how she ...

60 MIN2019 SEP 14
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Episode 13: Natasha Lipman, Wheelchair User & Chronic Illness Blogger

Episode 12: Tobias Binder, The Wheelchair Tourist

The Wheelchair Tourist This week’s guest is Tobias Binder AKA The Wheelchair Tourist. Tobias was born prematurely which caused his tetraplegia. He has always been eager to travel to new places, meet new people and to simply live a 'normal' life. In his teenage years, he fell in love with American and British culture. He has travelled to the USA and the UK several times. One main reason to visit these countries are the theme parks. Tobias has found that a lot of US and UK theme parks (and of course the rides) are quite accessible. The spark of the idea of a journey, the whole planning process and the way an idea develops into an experience is what inspires him. Travelling is essential to Tobias. He loves getting away, seeing new things, experiencing new places – and after all coming back home with lots of new impressions give him energy for everyday life. Tobias shares his experiences through his social media handle and blog called The Wheelchair Tourist. He hopes to inspire other ...

35 MIN2019 AUG 30
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Episode 12: Tobias Binder, The Wheelchair Tourist

Episode 11: Niek & Leanne, Wheelchair Road Trippers

Wheelchair Road Trippers Niek and Leanne are a young couple from The Netherlands. In 2015, Niek ended up in a wheelchair due to cancer in his spinal cord. The second metastasis in the back swelled up so much that it caused damage to the nervous system and resulted in paraplegia. Despite the huge obstacles the young couple have had to face, they are determined to continue enjoying the normal things in life. They are committed to showing what is still possible through their social media handle Take it Laesie, which documents the life of the young couple embarking on camping and road trip adventures all over the world. Their aim by sharing their adventures online is to motivate and inspire people, and also to provide suitable tips and advice about travelling with paraplegia. To learn more about Niek and Leanne and this episode, visit: https://www.handiscover.com/content/tips-articles/wheelchair-road-trippers/ Visit www.handiscover.com and use the code Travel30 to get 30 GBP off your fi...

40 MIN2019 AUG 9
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Episode 11: Niek & Leanne, Wheelchair Road Trippers

Episode 10: Elizabeth Wright, The Importance of Character for People with Disabilities

The Importance of Character & Individuality for People with Disabilities Elizabeth Wright is an Australian Paralympic swimmer. Having swum at two Paralympic games, Elizabeth walked away with 3 Paralympic medals. Not only that but Elizabeth also walked away with a drive to help other people thrive in their own lives. After retiring from Paralympic swimming she was left wondering "what enabled me to stick with my sport and be resilient to bounce back from setbacks?" Elizabeth Wright was born with a physical disability at a time when children like her would be sent to special schools. Her parents fought for her inclusion in mainstream schooling. This experience enabled her to grow in self-belief and confidence and to ultimately go on to win three Paralympic medals. Elizabeth left the sport of swimming knowing she could achieve her goals. Elizabeth wanted to understand what it was that had enabled her to fulfil her potential, that is when she discovered character. Elizabeth moved to the...

40 MIN2019 JUL 26
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Episode 10: Elizabeth Wright, The Importance of Character for People with Disabilities

Episode 09: Sebastian Forsen, Wheelchair Skier & Mentor For Accessible Travel

Wheelchair Skier & Mentor For Accessible Travel Sebastian Forsen is not a famous athlete or Paraylmpian, however, he has shown incredible resilience and strong will to overcome the obstacles presented to him. When he was 19 years old Sebastian had an accident while skiing, which left him in a wheelchair. Since then, he has been traveling the world and participating in many different kinds of sports. He also works for a rehab center in Sweden, teaching disabled people how to adapt to life in a wheelchair. Sebastian also has a vision of creating and planning itineraries for accessible group travel. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Sebastian believes it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are hidden swimming spots, great food and the locals are happy - especially in Summer. Being a keen swimmer and a wheelchair user it can be hard to find good spots to get in the water. However, there are so many waterways and lakes throughout Stockholm that are great for swimming with e...

33 MIN2019 JUL 12
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Episode 09: Sebastian Forsen, Wheelchair Skier & Mentor For Accessible Travel

Episode 08: Jack Hodgson, Paralympic Judoka

Paralympic Judoka Paralympic Judoka, Jack Hodgson, was born with Usher syndrome – a rare hereditary condition which has left Jack profoundly deaf for most of his life. Since the age of 12 has had tunnel vision the size of a 5p piece. However, now a Worlds silver medalist and paralympian, Jack is training full time at the British Judo Centre of Excellence alongside Judokas from the Olympic and Paralympic programs. Recently, Jack has graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Sports Coaching Practice. Despite the challenges Jack faces with his disability he has been able to achieve these goals alongside his commitments as a full time athlete. To learn more about Jack and this episode, visit: https://blog.handiscover.com/content/tips-articles/paralympic-judoka/ Visit www.handiscover.com and use the code Travel30 to get 30 GBP off your first booking with Handiscover!

21 MIN2019 JUL 5
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Episode 08: Jack Hodgson, Paralympic Judoka

Episode 07: Sebastien Archambeaud, Life as the Father of a Wheelchair User & Founder of Handiscover

Life as the Father of a Wheelchair User & Founder of Handiscover Sebastien Archambeaud, Founder and CEO of Handiscover, is an entrepreneur, surfer, husband and father living in Sweden. Travelling is a huge part of life for Sebastien and his family. They are constantly looking to escape the cold of Northern Europe searching for waves and warmer weather. However, Sebastien’s son, Teo, has muscle disease and requires a wheelchair. Throughout their travels, Sebastien and his family realised how challenging it was for them to find accommodations adapted to their son’s needs. Sebastien started the company Handiscover to address these particular challenges and to help those facing similar difficulties. Now, together with a great crew of supporters, ambassadors and a really strong team; Handiscover’s aim is to empower and enable billions of people who have some form of disability, to discover the world. To learn more about Sebastien and this episode, visit: https://www.handiscover.com/co...

28 MIN2019 JUN 28
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Episode 07: Sebastien Archambeaud, Life as the Father of a Wheelchair User & Founder of Handiscover

Latest Episodes

Covid-19 Series. Episode 01: Marcela Marañon

The Handiscover Accessible Travel Chat - Covid-19 Series. Episode 01: Marcela Marañon Marcela Marañon is a strong advocate for wheelchair accessibility, fashion inclusion, accessible travel, and access to medical assistive technology. Marcela has travelled the world and shared her message in several countries in educating others about accessibility. She knows first hand the hardships and inequalities faced for disabled travellers. Overcoming those obstacles has led Marcela to lead the charge in creating an accessible world by spotlighting the issues faced with accessible travel. Join us for this episode as we discuss the impacts of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus on Marcela's work, the travel industry as a whole and her day-to-day life.

56 MINAPR 18
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Covid-19 Series. Episode 01: Marcela Marañon

Episode 15: Andy Barrow, Wheelchair Rugby Captain, Speaker & Mentor

Wheelchair Rugby Captain, Speaker & Mentor At age 17, Andy Barrow suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands. Following this life-changing injury and an extremely difficult rehabilitation period, his life was transformed again when he discovered wheelchair rugby – also known as “Murderball”. Andy has been to three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of a record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row. He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and led the team out at the Beijing Paralympics – one of his proudest moments. Since retiring, Andy has gained experience as a speaker and mentor. He is a member of the Professional Speaking Association and Global Speakers Federation and has spoken for audiences across the world. In 2018, Andy has turned his attention to accessibility. His experience as a world traveller sees him working as a consultant wit...

48 MIN2019 DEC 6
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Episode 15: Andy Barrow, Wheelchair Rugby Captain, Speaker & Mentor

Episode 14: Kam Redlawsk, Artist, Traveller & Wheelchair User

Artist, Traveller & Wheelchair User Los Angeles Artist Kam Redlawsk was born in South Korea but was adopted and raised in Michigan since she was 4 years old. A rare muscle-wasting disease called GNEM began taking over Kam's body at the age of 20, however, in hindsight, symptoms began much earlier. Kam went from kicking soccer balls and running to making use of canes, leg braces and now a full-time wheelchair since 2012. Kam is a self-taught illustrator. She visually portrays her personal experiences with a degenerative muscle-wasting disorder and what it’s like to live with a debilitating condition. Kam believes an image can describe what words cannot. Kam is also trained in Automotive Industrial Design. She has been involved in product design, creative branding and art direction, graphic design, non-profit, advocacy and now illustration. She has designed an array of products ranging from cell phones, toys, electronics, and even contributed to the world's cheapest prosthetic knee j...

81 MIN2019 NOV 22
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Episode 14: Kam Redlawsk, Artist, Traveller & Wheelchair User

Episode 13: Natasha Lipman, Wheelchair User & Chronic Illness Blogger

Wheelchair User & Chronic Illness Blogger Natasha Lipman is a chronic illness blogger and Instagrammer from London. She writes about her experiences of navigating chronic illness as she makes her way into her thirties. Natasha started blogging in 2013 as a way to manage her feelings about her chronic illnesses. At the time, she was, unfortunately, hitting ‘rock bottom’ health-wise and was struggling to cope. At the age of 24, Natasha genuinely thought that her life was over and that she would never be able to function well enough to have any form of social life, let alone work. Natasha is now a journalist for a major broadcaster, working part-time from home. She set up a youth journalism project from home, including co-founding the first online platform for young Libyans to talk about their experiences of the Revolution, which won her a trip to India to meet Richard Branson with the Virgin Media Pioneers. Through her writing, Natasha’s goal is to share her experiences of how she ...

60 MIN2019 SEP 14
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Episode 13: Natasha Lipman, Wheelchair User & Chronic Illness Blogger

Episode 12: Tobias Binder, The Wheelchair Tourist

The Wheelchair Tourist This week’s guest is Tobias Binder AKA The Wheelchair Tourist. Tobias was born prematurely which caused his tetraplegia. He has always been eager to travel to new places, meet new people and to simply live a 'normal' life. In his teenage years, he fell in love with American and British culture. He has travelled to the USA and the UK several times. One main reason to visit these countries are the theme parks. Tobias has found that a lot of US and UK theme parks (and of course the rides) are quite accessible. The spark of the idea of a journey, the whole planning process and the way an idea develops into an experience is what inspires him. Travelling is essential to Tobias. He loves getting away, seeing new things, experiencing new places – and after all coming back home with lots of new impressions give him energy for everyday life. Tobias shares his experiences through his social media handle and blog called The Wheelchair Tourist. He hopes to inspire other ...

35 MIN2019 AUG 30
Comments
Episode 12: Tobias Binder, The Wheelchair Tourist

Episode 11: Niek & Leanne, Wheelchair Road Trippers

Wheelchair Road Trippers Niek and Leanne are a young couple from The Netherlands. In 2015, Niek ended up in a wheelchair due to cancer in his spinal cord. The second metastasis in the back swelled up so much that it caused damage to the nervous system and resulted in paraplegia. Despite the huge obstacles the young couple have had to face, they are determined to continue enjoying the normal things in life. They are committed to showing what is still possible through their social media handle Take it Laesie, which documents the life of the young couple embarking on camping and road trip adventures all over the world. Their aim by sharing their adventures online is to motivate and inspire people, and also to provide suitable tips and advice about travelling with paraplegia. To learn more about Niek and Leanne and this episode, visit: https://www.handiscover.com/content/tips-articles/wheelchair-road-trippers/ Visit www.handiscover.com and use the code Travel30 to get 30 GBP off your fi...

40 MIN2019 AUG 9
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Episode 11: Niek & Leanne, Wheelchair Road Trippers

Episode 10: Elizabeth Wright, The Importance of Character for People with Disabilities

The Importance of Character & Individuality for People with Disabilities Elizabeth Wright is an Australian Paralympic swimmer. Having swum at two Paralympic games, Elizabeth walked away with 3 Paralympic medals. Not only that but Elizabeth also walked away with a drive to help other people thrive in their own lives. After retiring from Paralympic swimming she was left wondering "what enabled me to stick with my sport and be resilient to bounce back from setbacks?" Elizabeth Wright was born with a physical disability at a time when children like her would be sent to special schools. Her parents fought for her inclusion in mainstream schooling. This experience enabled her to grow in self-belief and confidence and to ultimately go on to win three Paralympic medals. Elizabeth left the sport of swimming knowing she could achieve her goals. Elizabeth wanted to understand what it was that had enabled her to fulfil her potential, that is when she discovered character. Elizabeth moved to the...

40 MIN2019 JUL 26
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Episode 10: Elizabeth Wright, The Importance of Character for People with Disabilities

Episode 09: Sebastian Forsen, Wheelchair Skier & Mentor For Accessible Travel

Wheelchair Skier & Mentor For Accessible Travel Sebastian Forsen is not a famous athlete or Paraylmpian, however, he has shown incredible resilience and strong will to overcome the obstacles presented to him. When he was 19 years old Sebastian had an accident while skiing, which left him in a wheelchair. Since then, he has been traveling the world and participating in many different kinds of sports. He also works for a rehab center in Sweden, teaching disabled people how to adapt to life in a wheelchair. Sebastian also has a vision of creating and planning itineraries for accessible group travel. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Sebastian believes it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are hidden swimming spots, great food and the locals are happy - especially in Summer. Being a keen swimmer and a wheelchair user it can be hard to find good spots to get in the water. However, there are so many waterways and lakes throughout Stockholm that are great for swimming with e...

33 MIN2019 JUL 12
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Episode 09: Sebastian Forsen, Wheelchair Skier & Mentor For Accessible Travel

Episode 08: Jack Hodgson, Paralympic Judoka

Paralympic Judoka Paralympic Judoka, Jack Hodgson, was born with Usher syndrome – a rare hereditary condition which has left Jack profoundly deaf for most of his life. Since the age of 12 has had tunnel vision the size of a 5p piece. However, now a Worlds silver medalist and paralympian, Jack is training full time at the British Judo Centre of Excellence alongside Judokas from the Olympic and Paralympic programs. Recently, Jack has graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Sports Coaching Practice. Despite the challenges Jack faces with his disability he has been able to achieve these goals alongside his commitments as a full time athlete. To learn more about Jack and this episode, visit: https://blog.handiscover.com/content/tips-articles/paralympic-judoka/ Visit www.handiscover.com and use the code Travel30 to get 30 GBP off your first booking with Handiscover!

21 MIN2019 JUL 5
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Episode 08: Jack Hodgson, Paralympic Judoka

Episode 07: Sebastien Archambeaud, Life as the Father of a Wheelchair User & Founder of Handiscover

Life as the Father of a Wheelchair User & Founder of Handiscover Sebastien Archambeaud, Founder and CEO of Handiscover, is an entrepreneur, surfer, husband and father living in Sweden. Travelling is a huge part of life for Sebastien and his family. They are constantly looking to escape the cold of Northern Europe searching for waves and warmer weather. However, Sebastien’s son, Teo, has muscle disease and requires a wheelchair. Throughout their travels, Sebastien and his family realised how challenging it was for them to find accommodations adapted to their son’s needs. Sebastien started the company Handiscover to address these particular challenges and to help those facing similar difficulties. Now, together with a great crew of supporters, ambassadors and a really strong team; Handiscover’s aim is to empower and enable billions of people who have some form of disability, to discover the world. To learn more about Sebastien and this episode, visit: https://www.handiscover.com/co...

28 MIN2019 JUN 28
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Episode 07: Sebastien Archambeaud, Life as the Father of a Wheelchair User & Founder of Handiscover
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