An auto-ethnographic exploration of travelling with a disability

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Globally, approximately 16% of the population experiences significant disabilities. People with
disabilities face unique social barriers like discrimination, and environmental barriers, such as limited
access to spaces and experiences. This results in a reduced ability to participate in society and
activities like leisure. However, leisure participation can contribute significantly to the well-being
outcomes of PWDs, by helping to develop an empowered sense of self. Despite the challenges and
benefits PWDs experience within a leisure context, limited research has examined the travel
experiences of people with disabilities using an auto-ethnographic approach – relying on reports
post-facto. While post-travel exploration is useful, it can omit consideration of nuances within and
during the travel experience essential to enhance how people with disabilities travel. Further, of the
research conducted to date, only a handful of studies have been conducted by individuals who have a
disability, limiting an emic perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event17th World Leisure Congress 2023 - University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 11 Dec 202315 Dec 2023 (Conference website)


Conference17th World Leisure Congress 2023
Abbreviated titleLeisure: Learn well, live well
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
City Dunedin
OtherThe congress theme is "Leisure: Learn Well, Live Well" and we call for contributions from academia and industry alike that engage with the potential of leisure to contribute to our ability to both learn well and live well. This theme was deliberately chosen as we wish to encourage scholars and industry practitioners to consider:

How leisure may contribute to individual, community and/or societal learning;
How we may learn about leisure from others across disciplinary and practitioner boundaries;
The contribution of leisure to living well, and conversely, the implications of lack of access to leisure for living well.
However, we believe the notions of learning well and living well in the title carry deeper, more fundamental meaning that in turn connote a significant responsibility on us as congress organisers. We have a responsibility to ensure our delegates, other education providers, and the wider Dunedin and New Zealand community learn well and live well as a consequence of us hosting the congress.

This is how we intend to embed our values around learning well and living well...
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