Discrimination or stigmatization towards hearing impaired people is a problem that has developed over many years. Difficulty in communicating, listening and learning generates feelings of frustration and stress. Tourism has always been a recreational space to live beneficial experiences for both physical and mental health, but not being adapted or trained to work with hearing impaired people, this niche is rejected in various sports and tourism activities.
This is a diving experience for people with disabilities, this will be a sellable program as an inclusive product aimed at dive centers for the inclusion of people with hearing disabilities.
In Chile there are 712,005 people with some degree of hearing loss, and of these, 179,268 people, Fundación Sumergidos and Fundación Bucea Sin Límites, which carry out non-profit underwater activities, are totally deaf. The Biobío region is the second region with the second largest number of people with disabilities with 301,028 people, equivalent to 11.13% of all Chileans (Ministry of Social Development and Family, 2023). But it is not only people with disabilities who will benefit, but also their families.
Inspiration and ideation
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Universidad Andrés Bello