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What’s new this week?

Qantas baggage changes, airport staff learning sign language and a music festival that everyone can attend. Here's what's new in Travel with Special Needs.

Good news this week for anyone who has to travel with medication or food. Qantas announced changes to its cabin weight rules.

From March 25, domestic travellers can bring on board a cabin bag weighing up to 10kg and a second bag weighing up to 4kg. The total weight is still 14kg, but you no longer have to evenly distribute the weight between two bags. Previously each bag was only allowed to weigh 7kg.

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Qantas just made it easier to travel.

A little bit of inspiration

This story from Today caught our attention this week.

Derek Sundquist was paralysed from the neck down after a ski accident. But it didn’t stop his love of the slopes. Now new technology is helping him to ski again.

Airport staff learn sign language

In the UK, Newquay Aiport staff have started to learn sign language so they can assist passengers with hearing difficulties. We hope this program spreads to all airports.

An accessible music festival

We are incredibly excited about Ability Fest in Melbourne. This one-day music festival has great access and inclusion. The Coburg Velodrome will be transformed into a completely accessible venue with the inclusion of elevated platforms, pathways, quiet zones, companion ticketing, ramps, stacks of friendly volunteers & of course accessible toilets are a priority of the Ability Fest team.

International Women’s Day – therapists share why they chose their careers and more.

Last week was International Women’s Day. In case you missed it – take a read of Have Wheelchair Will Travel’s story on women working in the field of disability.

READ MORE:

A full guide to NZ accessible accommodation

Accessible travel in Tasmania

Paralympic Athlete Tori Pendergast Shares Accessible Travel Tips

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