Paris is a city full of historical heritage, which often implies difficult or limited access for people with disabilities. The city is making a visible effort to adapt, and so to offer a greater accessibility to its treasures… thanks to notable improvements in a variety of installations open to the public, such as hotels and other accommodation, restaurants, transports, museums and different leisure venues.
Since 1997, the French Secretary of State for Tourism has been taking steps to raise awareness and mobilize representatives of the tourist industry in order to improve the integration of people with disabilities into the world of tourism.
In 2001, an intensive campaign of identification has been undertaken on a national level, with reference to 4 main categories of disability: physical, mental, visual and hearing. The “Tourisme & Handicap” label aims to provide accurate information for clients with specific needs, regarding the accessibility of holiday and leisure venues, keen to raise awareness of the needs of disabled people when travelling, has initiated a campaign which is proving to be of invaluable help.
The logo depicting 4 specifics types of disability: physical (impaired mobility), mental disability, partial sight or blindness and hearing difficulty and deafness has been designed. The symbols are displayed in airports and other public places and guide books. They indicate meeting points where help is available.
Three organisations in Paris rent out wheelchairs:CRF - Tel: 0033 143 73 98 98Integral - Tel: 0033 145 88 33 00 Material Paramedical - Tel: 0033 143 26 75 00. Some organisations are specifically aimed at helping young disabled people, for example the Centre International de Séjour de Paris.
-6 avenue Maurice Ravel
75 012 Paris -17, Boulevard Kellermann
75 013 ParisBooking centre: 0033 143 58 96 00
Fax: 0033 143 58 95 14 www.cisp.fr firstname.lastname@example.org