Wheelchairs for the Water


The New York Times reports:

Beachgoers with mobility issues visiting Trinidad and Tobago can now use amphibious wheelchairs at a flagship beach that allow people with disabilities to safely enter the water.

Four amphibious wheelchairs are available free to visitors at Maracas Beach through the country’s new Amphibious Wheelchair Service. Two lifeguards per wheelchair take visitors into and out of the sea, and remain with them while they are in the water.

The idea for the service came about at a conference last year that included discussions about best practices for beach access for people with disabilities, and is provided by the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism Life Guard Service Division and the National Center for Persons with Disabilities.

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Wheelchair in water

Photo: NY Times

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