Travel and Getting Beyond
The Front Gate
Matt is an avid traveller who has taken
it upon himself to make it is easier for
others to follow his path.
He began the first disability travel website
in the country back in 1998 (www.globalaccess.com.au)
which he still operates to assist travellers
when he can. However in 2001 he joined the
people at www.accessibility.com.au as a
correspondent and he provides them with
material after his journeys so that others
can learn from his experiences.
Matt regards travelling as an adventure,
a rite of passage that enables us the opportunity
to find something about ourselves from other
places. Matt thinks that this is especially
true for those of us who have a disability.
As he says:
"It does not really matter where we
are travelling too, as long as it is somewhere
beyond the front gate. The journey down
to the south coast, or over to Canada to
the Rocky Mountains, is as equally important
in as much that we are seeing something
new, trying a new experience and hopefully,
in the process, discovering how much more
there is to Life that we can enjoy".
As a traveller with a disability Matt knows
the ability to follow through one's dream
is not always an easy thing. The task of
setting out in an unfamiliar city in order
to discover it may be daunting. But if one
is armed with advanced local knowledge,
good humour, and a sense of adventure things
are made much easier and the end result
is a fabulous experience.
Unfortunately access can mean different
things to different people. As the general
population is made up of people with different
likes, needs and expectations, so too are
people with disabilities. Some of us can
cope with a building that has two steps
leading into it, others cannot.
It is with all this in mind that Matt endeavours
to serve the readers of www.accessibility.com.au as best he can by providing travel information.
If you are interested in reading some of
Matt's travel tales just click here: Getting
Beyond The Front Gate With Matt
If you are interested in reading the transcript
from Matt's interview on Getaway (July 18
2002) just click
here or read about Matt's appearance
on Getaway (August 15 2005) here.
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