What is IBFT? The Infoplatform for Accessible Tourism is an initiative of the ÖHTB and stands as a service- and information point for all concerns of the accessible tourism for everybody in Austria. The Platform is non-party, non-confessional and is aligned to the ideas and objectives of the accessible tourism for everybody. IBFT stands as a connecting element between mobility impaired people and the economic interests of the Austrian tourism. Consequently IBFT is not a disability -organisation, as this would disagree with the principles of self-determined life and the self-representation of disabled people. IBFT has no commercial interests in terms of pecuniary rewards. Our main goal is the distribution of the ideas and concepts from the accessible tourism and the intermediation of positive consequences for all people, guests and locals, whether they are mobility impaired or not.
Who is behind IBFT? The Infoplatform for Accessible Tourism is an initiative of the ÖHTB - the Austrian Relief Organisation for People who are deafblind and people with significant Hearing and/or Vision Impairments. This organisation has been taking care of people with disabilities for more than 20 years, in the areas of early intervention, vocational training, living, working and leisure time. Ideal support gets the project from the WKÖ/Section Tourism as well as from the ÖAR, the umbrella organisation of all disability-organisations. The international and European cooperation exists with the membership of ENAT.
How is IBFT financed? IBFT was a project, which was submitted as an application from the Pro Worker - a limited liability non-profit company which was established by the ÖHTB for the vocational training and occupation for people with disabilities in the field of gastronomy - at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour, and was financially supported between 2003 and 2008 to a major part from the ministry. Since 24.5.2006 we have tried to receive additional money via Google AdSense. IBFT is now a Team of professionals who are engaged in spreading the ideas of Accessible Tourism
Why do I have to login if I want to submit an entry? The registration of the facilitators has mainly the goal to keep the platform up to date through requests. The registration of Comments gives the database-operator the possibility to make queries and gives the possibility of contact-spreading to the facilitators. It is also used to prevent unwanted publications - that is why the users cannot make direct entries into the database. That will be carried out from the Contenmanager.
Which are the criteria of acceptance for the companies? An acceptance criterion concerns its access and the possibility to be used by people with special needs. As far as available, external valutation will be indicated. The companies either provide data-information by themselves or the entry, with references, will be carried out by the Contenmanager. In any case, the entry is free of charge.
Why some association/initiative/company I know not listed? Listed are the organisations and initiatives known to the project team - if they are occupying themselves with the issue Accessible Tourism or if they provide offers for people with special needs in this area. The project team is very interested in any news about not listed organisations etc. and you are kindly requested to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What kind of activities are planned on the website? The most essential things to do in the near future are in the field of Public-Relation, that is to introduce the Website, to animate companies to join us. We are also constantly working on the extension of the registration possibilities as well on the creation of an Expert list.
What are the criteria of for Organisations, Initiatives etc.? Important criteria for the acceptance are: The organisation/initiative deals with mobility-impairment in general and also with tourism related issues.
How can I support IBFT? Contact us as tourism-company, if you have offers for mobility impaired guests. Tell us as an affected person about companies having offers for mobility impaired guests. Tell us about initiatives dealing with this topic. Tell us about literature, studies, reports to the topic Accessible Tourism for everybody. Send us national and international links to the topic Accessible Tourism for everybody. In order to send us accessible offers, please use the button "Submit accessible offer". You can also send an email to:email@example.com
If I submit an entry, where will it appear in the search result? Entries submitted by users (eg. by you) are listed before entries from other sources (eg. entries researched by the IBFT team). Inside such a category entries are listed alphabetically.
Can I book a hotel room on IBFT? No. IBFT is no commercial product, but most entries contain contact information such as a website, phone number, fax number, e-mail or postal address. Please contact the listed company directly.
How safe is my login data? Your login data is stored internal in the IBFT database and is not available to other IBFT users. Only the administrator can access the data. Your password is protected by the MD5-algorithm - once stored, it's not possible to decrypt it. If you forget your password you have to set a new one.
I'm using the .... browser, is IBFT compatible with it? IBFT uses standard XHTML and doesn't require any browser specific features. The pages are W3C-compliant. IBFT has been successfully tested with the following browsers: Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer (>4.0), Konqueror (>3.1), Opera, Safari and Netscape 6.0. Access with limited functionality is also possible with smartphones (tested on a Nokia 3650 and Siemens S65) and textbrowsers (eg. Lynx).