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7:02am 5th July 2014

A Newquay man who was left with brain damage after a childhood accident calls for a better deal for disabled travellers.

David Fraser has visited twenty-one countries and says he is regularly stared at and has his arrangements for help ignored.

Now he is researching other people's experiences to highlight issues.

He says one time he was made to feel bad for 'holding up' a tour: "My tour rep was annoyed with me because I needed to take my tablets and my rep said 'Hurry up ... hurry up'

He also told Pirate FM of incidents when his hotel was changed to one that wasn't suitable for his needs, and that his travel arrangements are regularly not honoured.

Now David says he wants to gather a range of opinions, good and bad, to paint a picture of how disabled travellers are treated at home and abroad. He hopes to use the findings to influence policy makers and providers, hopefully to make them aware of examples of good practice and where. he believes, improvements could be made.

He said :"Anyone who travels has perceptions of the risks to their safety but this is exacerbated for disabled tourists who can feel more vulnerable. Disabled tourists can face barriers of a physical or social nature, for example. areas which are inaccessible or a lack of awareness and understanding."

"If I am able to travel around the world I'd like to inspire and I'd like to make a difference."

7:02am 5th July 2014

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