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Internet Databases

Ican.com

Online-only.  Wonderful site with tons of articles, tips, advice, and assistance for the disabled traveler.  Some of the categories they have include:

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Advice

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Destinations

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United States

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Abroad

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Cruises

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Theme parks

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Trips & packages

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Adventure

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Parks

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Lodging & resorts

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Hotels

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Resorts

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Transportation

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Air travel

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Rail travel

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Car/van rentals

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Public

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Tips & tools

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Disability-specific tips

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Caregivers/companions

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Law & rights

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Air Carrier Access Act

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File a complaint

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Travel industry

Web:  http://www.ican.com/

 

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality

The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) is a non-profit educational organization that has actively represented travelers with disabilities since 1976. SATH's mission is to promote AWARENESS, RESPECT and ACCESSIBILITY for disabled and mature travelers and EMPLOYMENT for persons with disabilities in the tourism industry.  Some of the information you will find on this website includes:

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Traveling 'Bare' - Without or Minimal Insurance

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How To Travel By Air

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How To Travel With Diabetes

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How To Travel By Air With a Wheelchair

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How To Travel Abroad

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How To Travel with a Speech Impairment

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Information for People who are Blind or who have a Sight Impairment

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How To Travel with a Hearing Impairment or Deafness

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How To Travel with Arthritis

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How To Travel with a Kidney Disease

Web:  http://www.sath.org

 

Access-Able Travel Source

Access-Able Travel Source is dedicated to aiding travelers with disabilities and the mature traveler. We accomplish this by having practical information needed to go cross town or around the world. The data base has not only accessible accommodations, but everything to make a trip fun and exciting. We have information about scuba diving for persons with all types of disabilities. There are accessible safaris, sailing, raft trips and even a place where you can learn to sky sail. We've included information for persons who are blind about hands on attractions. Seashore areas that have beach wheelchairs. The basis of Access-Able is to emphasize the positive.

All too often these travelers experience unwanted surprises or difficulties with access. This discourages many people from traveling. Fear and doubt keeps many people from even thinking about going somewhere. In reality it is possible, not just a dream.

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Transportation - Van rentals, and the public or private sectors.

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Accommodations - Detailed information about each place.

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Attractions - Resorts, theme parks, museums, National Parks in USA and Canada .

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Adventures - These aren't for everyone, not imitations, but the real thing!

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Travel Resources - Access guides for cities, states, and countries.

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Equipment rental, repair and medical - Self explanatory!

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Travel Agents - Where to find out whom can help plan a trip or offers neat tours.

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Airports - Accessibility in the area you are traveling.

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Cruises - Ships, itineraries, cabins in detailed format.

Access-Able Travel Source, LLC
P O Box 1796
Wheat Ridge , CO 80034
Phone:  303 232-2979
Fax:  303 239-8486

Web: http://www.access-able.com/

 

JustCan.com

Some of the services on this site include: 

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Search International and Domestic airfares. Discount rates available for most cities direct from our consolidators.

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Ø      The largest selection of hotels--over 40,000 in over 8,000 cities worldwide. Discounts up to 65% off. Rooms for sold-out dates. Group reservations.

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Ø      Car rental reservations from over 60 different companies. Rates available from every US airport to compare and make reservations directly online.

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Ø      Rail passes are perfect for any European vacation or business trip. Choose from Eurail, BritRail, and Europasses.

Web:  http://justcan.com/

Project ACTION – Accessible Traveler’s Database

With a need for more direct information about accessible services among users, travel agents, tour coordinators and tour guides, KFH Group, Inc. has developed a comprehensive database of accessible transit services in the United States that is friendly both to the user and the travel industry, and accessible through the world wide web. The database of transit systems is supplemented with information on accessible tours and tour companies, accessible airport and other private shuttles, and accessible taxi services. Persons with disabilities along with travel consultants can now easily assess the availability of accessible transportation anywhere in the country. The transportation database website allows the user to highlight the state and city they plan to visit, and view all transportation services available to them. The user is also able to view the travel agencies specializing in travel arrangements for persons with disabilities.

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Public Transit Operators - Both urban and rural public transit operators are included. All the operators which were identified are listed. To the extent that operators responded to our survey, the database also includes detailed information on services, fares , and how to make a reservation. If the operator has a website, their entry is also linked to that website.

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Accessible Van Rental Companies - Companies that rent accessible vans are included in the city listings.

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Private Bus/Tour Companies with Accessible Vehicles - Private charter and tour companies that have accessible vehicles are also listed by city.

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Accessible Taxis - For selected cities, we have also included names of taxi services that are accessible to persons using wheelchairs.

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Airport Transportation - For selected airports, we have included a list of airport transportation services. If data on actual services are not available for an airport, the database includes a contact at the airport for you to call for additional information

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Hotel-Motel Shuttles - Hotels and motels often provide shuttle services for visitors. The database includes a list of hotels/motels in each city that have been identified as providing shuttle services along with an idea of whether the service is provided only to the airport or also to local attractions.

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National 800 Numbers - In order to assist you in making your travel plans, toll-free numbers are included for domestic Airlines, Greyhound Intercity Services, Amtrak, Companies with Accessible Car Rentals and Major Hotel Chains.

Project ACTION
700 13th
St. N.W.
Suite 200
Washington , D.C. 2005
Phone:  (202)347-3066

Web: http://www.projectaction.org/paweb/index.htm

 

Travel Groups

Pinnacle Travel Group

Pinnacle Travel Group is a full service travel company that specializes in leisure travel, business travel, group travel and accessible travel. We handle your air, hotel, vehicle rental, tours, cruises or any travel packages. Accessible Vans of America is the largest accessible van rental company in the United States . Our vehicles are all converted for wheelchair, powerchair and scooter access. All of our vehicles are late model Dodge, Plymouth or Windstar with lowered floors and electric ramps. All vehicles have electric windows, mirrors, door locks, cruise control, A/C and AM/FM stereo cassette. As a 7 day a week, 24 hours a day we rent on a daily, weekly, monthly and long-term basis. We will deliver to any location, including the airport and hotels. Scoot-Around of North America is the largest supplier of scooter rentals in North America . As the Central Florida Dealer, we can supply you with either a three or four wheeled scooter on a daily, weekly, monthly and long-term basis. We will deliver to any location, including the airport and hotels.

Pinnacle Travel Group
9:00am to 5:00pm
Phone:  888.894.TRIP (8747)


Web: http://www.pinnacletravel.com/

 

Discovery Hills Travel

Discovery Hills Travel is a full-Service travel agency, ready to meet your needs, whatever they might be. Known world wide for our Accessible Travel Department for people with disabilities, we are proud to have been part of Gina Shaw's article on Affordable Travel for the Disabled in "Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine"

Discovery Hills Travel
886 Overlook Cr.
San Marcos , CA 92078

Phone:  1-800-750-5975

Web: http://www.discoveryhillstravel.com/

 

Medical Travel Inc.

Medical Travel, Inc. / The Disability Travel Experts is A Full Service Medical Travel Agency that caters to patients with medical needs, their families and friends. Our office arranges Cruises and Land Vacations for Dialysis Patients, Patients with Respiratory Problems, Ventilator Users and Wheelchair Bound Travelers. We are committed to make traveling with your medical needs simple and hassle free.

As we all know, a traveler with medical needs has limited strength and gets tired easily. Because of this, we have developed Worldwide Cruises & Land Vacation Packages for a traveler with special medical needs. We are a recognized Travel Agency specializing in vacation planning requiring medical services and supplies on Land, at Sea or in the Air on both a Local & Worldwide basis. WE ARRANGE TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR TRAVELERS THAT HAVE PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL DISABILITIES only when they arrange their travel through our office. If you are contacted on one of our dialysis cruises by your Nephrologist for a Kidney Transplant, you are covered to fly home with our special pre-existing insurance, and the unused portion of your dialysis cruise will be reimbursed to you. Your exact Dialysis & Oxygen Prescription on Land is Done At Sea With Our State Of The Art Equipment. If an emergency should occur at sea, we have the best dialysis care afloat. Each group is headed by a Board Certified Nephrologist who serves as our Medical Director for each dialysis sailing. On vacations outside the United States your dialysis treatments at sea are given by the Nephrologist who remains in the infirmary with you during your full dialysis treatment. The nurses are there to assist the Nephrologist. We are a Travel Agency who caters exclusively to travelers with special needs, their families and friends. We are members of the Cruise Lines Association (CLIA), IATA, Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped (SATH) and Carlson Wagonlits Results Travel.

Medical Travel, Inc.
5184 Majorca Club Drive
Boca Raton , Florida 33486
Phone: 800-778-7953
Fax:(561)361-9385


Web: 
http://www.medicaltravel.org/

 

Accessibility Guidelines

National Center On Accessibility

NCA is an organization committed to the full participation in parks, recreation and tourism by people with disabilities. Through Education, Technical Assistance, and Research Solutions, we are committed to providing responsive, reliable, and comprehensive services resulting in the development of knowledge, awareness, skills and ultimately action. We welcome your inquiries and feedback to insure that we continue to provide cutting edge technical assistance, education and research on accessibility issues to the parks, recreation and tourism industries.

  National Center on Accessibility
Indiana University

2805 East 10th St, Suite 190
Bloomington , IN 47408-2698

(812) 856-4422 (Voice)
(812) 856-4421 (TTY)
(812) 856-4480 (Fax)

Web: http://www.ncaonline.org/

 

Tips for Travel

The following tips come from:  http://www.usatourist.com/english/tips/handicapped.html

USA Travel Access for the handicapped

We decided to create this page on the USATourist web site as a resource for travelers with disabilities. Several people have sent us e-mails asking specific questions about traveling in the USA for handicapped persons. We attempted to answer each of them but usually found it difficult to locate useful information. Here is some of the information we found thus far. We will add more as we discover it.

We don't know if you would consider the USA a very friendly place for handicapped travelers. Over the past few decades, our country has made much progress in creating easier access for people with various handicaps, but many inadequacies remain. Wheelchair access has been built into many public buildings and on many street corners. Convenient parking is reserved for handicapped drivers in most public parking lots. Braille signs have been installed in many public elevators, and hearing impaired captions have been added to most television broadcasts. Nevertheless, a lot of places are still not adequately equipped for handicapped access.

Transportation Access

Nearly every city in the USA has one or more shuttle services that transport visitors from the airport to nearby hotels. Many of the shuttle services can provide handicapped access or will know someone who can. Check the internet for airport transportation in the city you intend to visit, and then contact the transport company in advance to determine if suitable transportation is available.

The Centers for Independent Living have offices or representatives in most US cities. They are primarily for the benefit of local handicapped residents, but they always have someone that can provide visitors with information about transportation access in their city. We suggest you check one of the Internet telephone directories for the Center for Independent Living in the city you will visit.

Most city public transportation systems have some provisions for handicapped access or have a Para transit system to provide door-to-door transportation. Most cities will offer these services to handicapped visitors from out of town, but may require you to prove eligibility beforehand. Contact the public transit authority in the city you intend to visit, and inquire about the availability of handicapped access and requirements for use. The charges are usually minimal.

If you wish to rent a car with hand controls, one may be available from a major car rental company in the city you will visit. Contact several major car rental companies well in advance to determine availability. If you wish to rent a scooter, contact the local Center for Independent Living to find a rental source, or use this link to a company that has scooter rentals in many cities across the USA . http://www.scootaround.com/

Hotel Accommodation Access

Many hotels profess to have handicapped access rooms, but the standards vary greatly. To be certain that the accommodations will be suitable, you must contact each hotel directly. Do not trust the information that you receive from the central reservation people in hotel chains. Most of the reservation agents will be located in another city and will not have seen the hotel rooms. Insist on speaking directly to an employee at the hotel and ask them to describe the accessibility features.

When you reserve a handicap accessible room and confirm it with a credit card, that hotel must provide you a suitable room when you arrive. If a hotel does not have a suitable access room available for your reservation, they must find you suitable accommodations at the same price.

If a hotel advertises free shuttle service to the airport, they must provide suitable access. If their own vehicles are not suitable, they must find other access at no charge to you.

Blind or Visually Impaired Travel Access

All restaurants and cafes in the USA have regulations prohibiting pets. Most transportation facilities, entertainment attractions and shops also have policies prohibiting pets. We are not a pet friendly country.

Service animals such as guide dogs or signal dogs are always exempt from such prohibitions. All restaurants, transportation facilities, shops, entertainment attractions and public buildings must allow service animals to accompany their owners. Unfortunately, a few states such as Hawaii require a quarantine of all service animals before entry. Check the requirements before you travel.

Hearing Impaired Access

Here is an excellent list of travel related resources available by Teletype (TTY) plus relay numbers located all across the USA. http://www.access-able.com/relay.html

 

The following tips come from: http://www.mossresourcenet.org/trvltips.htm

Things to Consider as You Plan Your Trip

Talk to your physician about:

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your general physical condition

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your need for immunizations

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your prescriptions for the time you are traveling

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non-prescription medications you should plan to take with you,
(for example, pain relievers, antacids, a laxative, cold medications, an antihistamine, medicine to take in case you experience diarrhea, sun-screen)

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medical equipment you should take on the trip

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how to get medical assistance when you are away from home

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an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses


Talk to your travel agent about:

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means of travel that will accommodate your physical needs (train, plane, cruise ship, tour group)

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special accommodations you may need at any point in your trip (car rental, transportation within the airport, help with a wheelchair, special seating, special meals, etc.)

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arranging the timing of your trip so you will not become overtired while you are traveling

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what special assistance you can expect from the transportation company, hotel, tour group, etc.

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ask your travel agent about travel insurance


If you are in a wheelchair:

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have a maintenance check in advance of the trip

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take some basic tools and extra parts if necessary

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if you don't usually use a wheelchair but have trouble walking or become easily tired, consider renting a wheelchair to take with you as checked baggage (it may be difficult to rent a chair at your destination)

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Be sure that you can manage on your own if you are traveling solo--bathrooms are sometimes hard to manage for the disabled traveler. Perhaps you need to have a friend or relative travel with you to provide assistance.

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Pack necessary items, such as medications, in your hand luggage in case your checked luggage is lost or stolen.

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 If you are renting a car and require hand controls, find out where they are available before you leave home. Carry a placard indicating that you are disabled to display in the car. Find out how to get a temporary placard for the state or country of your destination before you leave.

 

For More Information

BOOKS, ACCESS GUIDES AND BROCHURES

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Access Amtrak. For a free copy, call (800)-USA-RAIL / TTY 800-523-6590. Available in alternate formats—Braille, large print, audio-tape and diskette (Word Perfect 5.1 and ASCII)—by calling (877) 268-7259.

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Access in San Diego, 2000. Accessible San Diego, P.O. Box 124526, San Diego, CA 92112-4526; (619) 279-0704 / Fax. (619) 279-5118. http://www.accessandiego.org/

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Access for All: Second Edition, A Guide for People with Disabilities to New York City Cultural Institutions. Hospital Audiences, Inc., 548 Broadway, NY, NY 10012; (212) 575-7676. http://www.hospitalaudiences.org/

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Access Las Vegas. Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, (702) 892-0711. http://www.lasvegas24hours.com/.

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Accessible Guide for Specialized Ground Transportation. Over 2000 public and private transit companies plus tour bus/charter and watercraft operators and airport/hotel shuttles. Updated semi-annually. (800) 461-4789. Web: http://www.accessibletransport.com/.

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Accommodating All Guests. Guide to the ADA for the lodging industry. American Hotel and Motel Association, 1201 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005-3931; (202) 289-3100.

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Accessible Transit Travel and Accessible Air Travel, Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11370-1177; (718) 803-EPVA. http://www.epva.org/.

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Airline Travel with Oxygen, American Lung Association, (800) 586-4872.

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Easy Access to National Parks. The Sierra Club Guide for People with Disabilities. By Wendy Roth and Michael Tompane. 1992.

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Fodor’s Great American Vacations for Travelers with Disabilities, Second Edition. Fodor’s 1996. More than 600 pages of detailed access information. A great resource.

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Going Abroad: 101 Tips for Mature Travelers. Booklet published by Grand Circle Travel, 347 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210; (800) 221-2610.

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Handicapped in Walt Disney World: A Guide for Everyone. By Peter Smith. 1993. SouthPark Publishing.

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Hostelling North America. Official guide to hostels in Canada and the US. Includes access information. Hostelling International-American Youth Hostels, (202) 783-6161. http://www.hiayh.org/

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How to Travel: A Guidebook for Persons with a Disability. By Fred Rosen, a specialized travel consultant. 1997. Science and Humanities Press, 1023 Stuyvesant, Manchester, MO 63011-3601; (314) 394-4950.  http://www.banis-associates.com/

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The Mature Traveler’s Guide to Walt Disney World. By Kerry Smith. 1997. Mercurial Press, Fax. (407) 359-3959. E-mail: Mcurial@epochworks.com

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Mobility for All: Accessible Transportation Around the World. Access Exchange International, 112 San Pablo Ave., San Francisco, CA 94127; (415) 661-6355. $3 donation. Free on Web: www.independentliving.org/Mobility/index.html.

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New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability. U.S. Dept. of Transportation. Available free on the DOT website: www.dot.gov/airconsumer/horizons.htm

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On the Road Again. Free travel guide for dialysis patients. National Medical Care, (800) 634-6254.

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Resource List for Travelers with Disabilities Visiting New York City. Big Apple Greeter, 1 Centre St., New York, NY 10007; (212) 669-2896, TTY 669-8273. Web: http://www.bigapplegreeter.org/ Also offer free tours to visitors.

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SALE-ability: Servicing clients with special needs effectively. A travel industry handbook. By Susan Wheeler, BSE, ACTA. 1998. Sureen Publishing, (519) 855-6643 / Fax. 855-6746. E-mail: sureen@ora.auracom.com

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Smooth Ride Guides: United States Eastern Seaboard. By Judy Ramsey. 1996. A 384-page access guide with detailed information on hotels, transportation, attractions and local resources for 18 Eastern states. Contact Seven Hills Book Distributors, (513) 381-3881.  Also, Smooth Ride Guides: Australia & New Zealand.

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The Virginia Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities, 3rd Edition. Detailed 210-page access guide published by The Opening Door, Inc. Information on medical facilities, equipment and services as well as for visitors with mobility and sensory impairments. Two other States also have access guides: North Carolina and Mexico. Available free from the State Tourist Offices.

 

NEWSLETTERS/NEWSPAPERS

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ABLE Newspaper, P.O. Box 395, Old Bethpage, NY 11804; (516) 939-ABLE; (718) 792-3533.

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Access for Disabled Americans, P.O. Box 384, Orinda, CA 94563; (510) 253-3524 / Fax 253-0790.

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Accessible Transportation Around The World, Access Exchange International, 112 San Pablo Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127; (415) 661-6355 / Fax. 661-1543.

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Alive, P.O. Box 263, New Rochelle, NY 10804-0263; (914) 632-8521.

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Axis Newsletter, AXIS Center for Public Awareness of People with Disabilities, 4550 Indianola Ave.  Columbus, OH 43214-2246; Fax. (614) 267-4550.

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Emerging Horizons, P.O. Box 278, Ripon, CA 95366; (209) 599-9409 Tel./Fax. Web: http://www.emerginghorizons.com/

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Newswaves for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People, 302 N. Goodman St., Suite 205-A, Rochester, NY 14607-1149; (716) 473-5240 TTY / Fax. 473-6328.

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Ports of Call, 522 East Broadway, Princeton, IN 47670.

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The Travelin’ Talk Newsletter, P.O. Box 1796, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034; (303) 232-2979 / Fax. 239-8486.

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The Very Special Traveler, P.O. Box 756, New Windsor, MD 21776; (410) 635-2881.

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Voice Newspaper, P.O. Box 030397, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33303-0397; (954) 463-5556 / Fax. 463-2674

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We’re Accessible, 6187 – 175B St., Surrey, BC V3S 4C1, Canada; Tel./Fax (604) 576-5075.

TRAVELERS ON OXYGEN, DIALYSIS, ETC.

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Medical Travel, Inc., 651 NW 31st St., Miami, FL 33127; (800) 778-7953, Fax. (561) 361-9385. Web: medicaltravel.org (Dialysis tours and cruises, oxygen travel, and chemotherapy)

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Choice Travel Sylmar, Lee Anne & Tony Willis; (800) 494-3999, (818) 367-4693 / Fax. 833-0840. E-mail: Choicetrav@aol.com. (Dialysis and wheelchair travel).

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Dialysis At Sea, 801 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770; (800) 544-7604, (727) 518-7311 / Fax. 518-7322. Web: http://www.dialysis-at-sea.com/. (Cruises worldwide).

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Dialysis Travel & Vacations, Russ St. Cook, 7969 Engineer Rd., Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92111; (619) 576-9666.

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Hotel de Health – Caribbean resort w/ dialysis clinic, cardio/pulmonary clinic. Medical Resort International, P.O. Box 59144, 5647 Riverbend Rd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6H 5Y3; (780) 430-6363 / Fax. 437-4252 Web: http://www.hoteldehealth.com/.

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IAMAT-International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, 417 Center St., Lewiston, NY; (716) 754-4883. International health information including lists of English-speaking doctors worldwide who meet its standards and accept a set fee. Membership by donation.

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Medically Escorted Cruises and Tours, 915 East Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334; (877) 226-3218, (954) 491-2223. Web: http://www.assistedtravel.com/.

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The Oxygen Traveler, Lori Young, (937) 848-7100. Web: http://www.oxygentravel.net/ (Oxygen service worldwide).

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TravelMed, (800) 878-3627. Web: http://www.travelmedintl.com/ (Oxygen service worldwide).

TRAVEL COMPANION SERVICES

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Accessible Journeys, 35 West Sellers Ave., Ridley Park, PA 19078; (800) 846-4537.

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Fun! In Travel Company, 6210 SW Haines Rd, Portland, OR 97219; (503) 245-0459 / Fax. 245-1319.

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Travel Care Companions, Inc., 6965 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Carlsbad, CA 92009; (760) 804-0746. Web: http://www.travelcarecompanions.com/.

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Travel Dreams, 1989 19th St., Suite A, Boulder, CO; (877) 417-9611. Web: http://www.traveldream.com/

 

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

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National Council on Disability. Latest report: "Enforcing the Civil Rights of Air Travelers with Disabilities," available in alternative formats. Phone (202) 272-2004 / TTY 272-2074 / Fax. 272-2022. Web: www.ncd.gov/

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US Department of Justice. ADA Information Line: (800) 514-0301, (800) 514-0383 (TDD). Speak to ADA experts, request publications by fax or mail. Web: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm

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US Department of Transportation. Office of Civil Rights: (888) 446-4511. Disability regulations from the DOT and Federal Transit Administration on the Web: www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal/dfregs.htm

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US Census Bureau. Disability statistics on the Web: www.census.gov/hhes/www/disable.html

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CDC-Centers for Disease Control. Travel health information on the Web: www.cdc.gov/travel/travel.html