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I will be traveling soon to Brazil and would like to know whether big cities like Rio, Sao Paulo, Salvador and Brasilia are easily accessible for handicapped people.
Are there laws protecting handicapped people? And buses, streets, doors, movie theaters and bathrooms are handicap friendly?

Thanks for any help.

Geraldine


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Are there laws protecting handicapped people?
Yes.

And buses, streets, doors, movie theaters and bathrooms are handicap friendly?
No.

I will be traveling soon to Brazil and would like to know whether big cities like Rio, Sao Paulo, Salvador and Brasilia are easily accessible for handicapped people.
Brasília is easier... But not so easy...


(Edited by Lucas at 2:59 pm on Jan. 3, 2003)

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Does your handicap involve a wheelchair?  Unfortunately, in Rio, you would be very frustrated.  There are cobblestones everywhere.  Many places have steps and no ramps.  There are no curb cut outs.  Doorways in some places are very narrow.  Where there are hills, they are steep.  Many shops with more than one floor do not have an elevator unless you go to the shopping centers.  Almost every street shop has a ledge into it.  Buses have no ramps or way to lower their stairs.  There are no handicapped vans.
  Where American society looks positively on the courage of handicapped people acting handicapless in society, many brazilians do not.  There are all kinds of laws to protect the handicapped, but the attitude seems to be that a person with any kind of physical abnormality belongs kept by their family inside the home.
 My own father was tripeligic for 15 years (use of only his right hand/arm).  We traveled many places in the world with him.  However, after visiting Rio, I know that it is one place I would not have wanted him to travel.  He would have been completely frustrated and I would not have wanted him to be subjected to the attitudes.  I think it would have hurt him too deeply emotionally as well as being difficult logistically.
  His best travel experiences were in Germany, Austria, Holland, and Switzerland.  He even did a jeep safari in Kenya.  All these places seem to have better awareness of wheelchair accomodation and less prejudicial attitudes towards the handicapped.  Other places such as Turkey and Greece were less handicapp knowledgeable, but better to travel for him than any place in South America.  From what I have seen, South America is the continent most in need of handicap awareness.  So, if your goal is to advocate, it would be a good place to go.  For vacation, no.
 

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