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"Psychologists often talk about 'helping behavior,' which many coun- tries we have visited exhibit through accessible planning and kind citi- zenship, thereby creating a culture of inclusiveness." True to form, Rani shared her family's travel stories in the Courageous Parent's Network blog in a 2017 post titled "Finding Accessibility and Inclusion Abroad" in order to encourage other parents of children with disabilities to ex- perience the world. Not surprisingly, Latin scholar and history enthusiast Ben's favorite family trip was to Rome, despite the lack of accessibility for the majority of sights in the Old City. But to the Elwys' surprise, the Coliseum, one of the oldest buildings in Rome, has an elevator. Ben was also the driving force behind his family's trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. "It was spectacular and beautifully accessible, and whose body won't benefit from the 104 degree Fahrenheit geother- mal silica springs? It was pure heaven for someone with a neuromus- cular disorder," explains Rani. What's more, the family was thrilled that a country of only 300,000 had made universal design the hallmark of their land. "During our visit, I started thinking, could Berlin be my son's adult home?" – Sherin Elwy The Elwy family standing in front of The Reichstag in Berlin in April, 2017. C O U R T E S Y O F T H E E L W Y F A M I L Y 94 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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