Accessible Rio Guide by Lonely Planet
Like many cities in developing countries, Rio is not very disabled-friendly and, with its purse strings already stretched to the max to get the basic facilities ready for the Games, how well set up will it be for the thousands of Paralympic athletes set to descend on the city for the Paralympic Games in early September? And what about the thousands of disabled sports fans who will be visiting to watch the Olympics or Paralympics?
With this in mind, Lonely Planet sent wheelchair user Emily Rose Yates – a Games Maker at the 2012 London Paralympic Games and an accessibility consultant for MetroRio – to put in the hard yards on the ground and write a guide with the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what to watch out for if you have a disability. The International Paralympic Committee has ordered copies of Accessible Rio De Janeiro to put in the welcome pack for athletes arriving the Olympic Village. But, as part of its Travel for All initiative launched in 2013, Lonely Planet is giving away electronic versions of the guide to the public for free.
The guide covers everywhere you’re likely to want to go if you’re visiting Rio for the 2016 Olympic or Paralympic Games – the Maracanã Football Stadium, Copacabana, Barra da Tijuca, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea and more – with neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood accessible top tips. Disabled athletes and visitors will discover where to surf and samba with local disabled people’s organizations, and how to explore the lively nightlife scene and take in amazing beach views from Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). From what to expect when you land and how to avoid the hassle of unexpected barriers, to planning an accessible weekend, this guide has it all.
Supplementing all the features of Lonely Planet guides that have made them the traveller’s Bible – essential information, detailed maps, honest reviews and cultural insights – with information about the accessibility of sports venues, restaurants, cafes and hotels, Accessible Rio De Janeiro will be indispensable for anyone travelling to Rio who has access needs.
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Authors: Emily Rose Yates, Regis St. Louis
About Emily Rose Yates
“Emily is clearly passionate about accessible travel and inspired by her experience at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where she volunteered as a Games Maker. So it is great that she is now working on a guide which will provide practical support and encouragement for disabled people to go out to Rio to experience the Paralympic Games for themselves. Her travel guide is very much aligned with the BPA’s vision ‘through sport, a better world for disabled people’ and as such we are very supportive of it. We believe that Emily's hard work and dedication to this guide will result in it being a useful resource to disabled travellers and will enrich and facilitate their journey to Brazil.”
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association
“In my closing speech at the Paralympic Games in London I talked about the author of this book, Emily. The Games, she said ‘had lifted the cloud of limitation’ for people with disability”
Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF