Seable’s mission is to provide accessible tailored holidays to the visually impaired community. Amazing and inclusive trips that can improve your well-being with our local trained assistance and tailored activities to suit your needs and enjoy a stress-free holiday.
Twenty years ago, our founder’s father, Carmelo, was hit by a drunk driver whilst driving. While in hospital, he befriended a young man named Martino who had suffered a similar accident.
As Carmelo recovered the use of his legs, Martino sadly did not. During their conversations in hospital Martino expressed his desire to try scuba diving. At that time accessible scuba diving was not available in Sicily.
Being an experienced diver, Carmelo took it upon himself to teach Martino, who went on to receive a Guinness World Record as the first paraplegic man to dive 59 metres.
Together Carmelo and Martino started a charity that focuses on rehabilitation through accessible sports. They have helped many people over the years, including visually impaired Benedetta Spampinato, who has since achieved a World Record for deep sea diving.
This work inspired our founder, Damiano La Rocca, to explore the topic of accessible tourism. He discovered that holidays for the visually impaired were not widely catered for and set out to change this.
Whilst studying at London Metropolitan University Damiano became involved with Accelerator, the University’s incubator, which offers students guidance for turning their ideas into business. Damiano used the mentoring he received to start Seable Holidays.
Damiano is now a member of the Office for the Disability Issues for the Disability Regional Stakeholder Network and a member of the Accessible European Network of Accessible Tourism. His work has been recognised by various organisations for its award-winning services, delivering and scaling social impact with ground-breaking support to the visually impaired.
The Seable Difference
As a VI traveller, you simply pick a date, a destination or a group offer and we will take care of the rest. We will listen to your ideas, recommend the best experiences and ways to explore, and will take all the hard work out of planning an incredible holiday.
When you travel with us you will receive assistance from the moment you reach the destination, to the time you depart. Our chaperones have visual awareness training and they will make sure you have a stress-free holiday. All of our activities are private and tailored for VI guests and their sighted family or friends.
Our holidays are proven to enhance well-being and we have proudly received the support and award for our positive social impact from:
Dear Damiano and the team, thank you for such a wonderful experience and everything that you have done for all of us while we were in Sicily. It is because of you that I tried so many new things. Your support, encouragement and humour in various activities has helped to make this one of the best weeks in my entire life.Olga Palagina