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How would you like to learn more about what the state of Georgia is doing when it comes to accommodating the needs of disabled tourists?Well, I have something very interesting for you to read. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. If you would like to contact me then by all means, send me an email at . Have a great weekend. Guest Commentary: Georgia's Planning and Tourism Initiatives for theDisabled Trina BoltonAtlanta July 2, 2009 Could a blind visitor ever fully enjoy a visit to Georgia's Aquarium withoutbeing able to see the marine life?Yes. Due to the collaborative efforts ofexperts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Georgia Department ofEconomic
Development, and several local organizations committed to thedisability community, it may someday be possible for a blind guest to havean enriching experience at this Atlanta attraction. The Accessible Aquarium Project, under the leadership of Georgia Tech, aimsto engage visitors with blindness or vision loss in the venue's manyexhibits. In depth research is being conducted on motion, tracking, music,and narrations with a goal to convey the dynamic nature of a tourismdestination such as the Georgia Aquarium. These alternative means of representing a tour draw
on other senses and seekto enhance the holistic elements of an aquarium, zoo, museum, or outdoortourism zone. This project is part of an overarching initiative to advanceAtlanta and Georgia's accessibility for the disabled population,particularly in the areas of travel and tourism. On June 15, the Georgia Alliance for Accessible Technologies InitiativeGAAT of the United Nation's Global Initiative for Inclusive Informationand Communication Technologies G3ict held a meeting at the offices of theInterContinental Hotels Group IHG.