An estimated 10% of the world market of almost 700 million tourists suffers from disability. The proportion of disabled people is growing as people live longer. The European Union-Uganda’s most valuable tourism market has about 37 million disabled people. Britain has a disabled population of about nine million. Most disabled travel with a companion or helper.
Special facilities for disabled travelers in Uganda are few and far between. Wheelchairs are very difficult to accommodate on public road transport and private hires will normally be made. It’s advisable to look for accommodation that is wheelchair friendly. However, everywhere you will find people who will do their level best to help and being disabled should not deter you from coming to Uganda.
For those looking for tours in Uganda, there have been some measures that have set aside. It is possible to even go for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable given that there are arrangements that have been made for the disabled to access this popular attraction.
The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR), 12 City Forum, 250 City Road London EC1V8AF, T020-7250 3222, F7250 0212, www.RADAR.org.uk
For more information and to learn more about disabled people in Uganda contact National Union of Disabled People of Uganda (NUDIPU).
Plot No. 530 Kisasi Road – Bukoto
Tel. + 256(0)414-540 179
Fax.+ 256(0)414-540 178
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