Travel for Everybody: How Can Businesses Help?


Date: 5/19/21

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Claire Wellbeloved-Stone, MPH from Dartmouth; Co-Founder, Vice President, and COO of Blue Trunk

Sponsored by Blue Trunk Foundation

Business Practice, Beginner Level



In this webinar we will explore how tourism-related businesses (e.g. restaurants, hotels, museums) can be more accessible. We will focus on 1. The why: what drives businesses to be accessible, how can we encourage them to move beyond the ADA?, 2. Obstacles to accessibility: what obstacles (perceived and real) do businesses face when trying to improve accessibility, and 3. Accessibility solutions: what can businesses do to improve accessibility, including both low-cost/free solutions as well as more substantial and expensive modifications. Throughout this we will incorporate Blue Trunk’s experience working with tourism-related businesses. We will use both case studies from our experience as well as published research findings to enhance our presentation. We will leave time at the end for questions/discussion.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to describe why businesses (e.g. restaurants, hotels, museums) should consider accessibility as a core value.

The participant will be able to identify obstacles to making a business more accessible.

The participant will be able to describe the range of modifications businesses can make to be more accessible, from low-cost/free options through more substantial and costly options.

Claire Wellbeloved-Stone is the Co-Founder, Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Trunk Foundation. In October 2017, she left for a nine-month adventure backpacking around the world. She received her BA in Anthropology from Connecticut College, where she spent her junior year studying in Spain and Cuba. As a selected scholar for the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, she interned with the World Wildlife Fund in the Galapagos Islands.  Claire went on to pursue her MPH from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where she completed a community health internship with the Runa Foundation in Peru. After graduation, she worked as a researcher in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia.