Taking Obstacles: Handycapped Holidays
People with disabilities want to go on holiday like everyone else. This is easier if there is a barrier-free infrastructure – like in many places in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. A day in Rostock with the blind national goalball player Reno Tiede shows that this works well.
A young man sprints through the station and jumps onto the train. “I did it!” Reno Tiede, competitive athlete from Rostock, was almost too late. And: The 29-year-old is severely visually handicapped and is considered blind with one percent vision. The Rostock native is a member of the national goalball team. Thanks to his commitment that the city is one of the German centres of excellence for popular sports for the blind. Reno Tiede does not spare himself in sports or in dealing with his disability. He even jogs and rides his bike. But he is also glad that there are many barrier-free offers in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Feel the exhibits in barrier-free holidays
With the S-Train we drive to the Shipping Museum in Rostock. Hundreds of exhibits on the history of shipbuilding can be seen here – Reno Tiede feels the ship models and listens to what he has in front of him via headphones. Later on the beach in Warnemünde we meet Tiede’s girlfriend Charlotte and son Kilian. Surely the parents steer the pram to the beach. The three of them play in the sand. No one notices that only little Kilian sees normally.
Handycapped Holiday for Everybody
Rostock has a good public transport network, the line and direction of the trams, for example, are announced when entering the station and the handrails in the station show in broad and normal letters where the stairs lead to. Travellers with a handicap are also helped by the “Reisen für Alle” (Travelling for All) seal to ensure that their holiday is well organised: It indicates barrier-free facilities and businesses.
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