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:
Traveling 'Bare' - Without or Minimal Insurance
How To Travel By Air
How To Travel With Diabetes
How To Travel By Air With a Wheelchair
How To Travel Abroad
How To Travel with a Speech Impairment
Information for People who are Blind or who have a
How To Travel with a Hearing Impairment or Deafness
How To Travel with Arthritis
How To Travel with a Kidney Disease
Access-Able Travel Source
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.
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.
have divided the data into different categories:
Transportation - Van rentals, and the public or private sectors.
Accommodations - Detailed information about each place.
Attractions - Resorts, theme parks, museums, National Parks in USA and Canada.
Adventures - These aren't for everyone, not imitations, but the real
Travel Resources - Access guides for cities, states, and countries.
Equipment rental, repair and medical - Self explanatory!
Travel Agents - Where to find out whom can help plan a trip or offers
Airports - Accessibility in the area you are traveling.
Cruises - Ships, itineraries, cabins in detailed format.
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
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.
Accessible Van Rental Companies - Companies that rent accessible vans
are included in the city listings.
Private Bus/Tour Companies with Accessible Vehicles - Private charter
and tour companies that have accessible vehicles are also listed by city.
Accessible Taxis - For selected cities, we have also included names of
taxi services that are accessible to persons using wheelchairs.
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
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
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
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.
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, CA92078
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.
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.
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
NationalCenter on Accessibility IndianaUniversity 2805 East 10th St, Suite 190 Bloomington, IN47408-2698
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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)
medical equipment you should take on the trip
how to get medical assistance when you are away from home
an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
Talk to your travel agent about:
means of travel that will accommodate your physical needs (train, plane,
cruise ship, tour group)
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.)
arranging the timing of your trip so you will not become overtired while
you are traveling
what special assistance you can expect from the transportation company,
hotel, tour group, etc.
ask your travel agent about travel insurance
If you are in a wheelchair:
have a maintenance check in advance of the trip
take some basic tools and extra parts if necessary
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)
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
Pack necessary items, such as medications, in your hand luggage in case
your checked luggage is lost or stolen.
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.
BOOKS, ACCESS GUIDES AND BROCHURES
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.
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/
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.
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/.
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.
Accessible Transit Travel and Accessible Air Travel, Eastern Paralyzed
Veterans Association, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11370-1177;
Airline Travel with Oxygen, American Lung Association, (800) 586-4872.
Easy Access to National Parks. The Sierra Club Guide for People with
Disabilities. By Wendy Roth and Michael Tompane. 1992.
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.
Going Abroad: 101 Tips for Mature Travelers. Booklet published by Grand
Circle Travel, 347 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210; (800) 221-2610.
Handicapped in Walt Disney World: A Guide for Everyone. By Peter Smith.
1993. SouthPark Publishing.
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/
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/
The Mature Traveler’s Guide to Walt Disney World. By Kerry Smith.
1997. Mercurial Press, Fax. (407) 359-3959. E-mail: Mcurial@epochworks.com
On the Road Again. Free travel guide for dialysis patients. National
Medical Care, (800) 634-6254.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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
ABLE Newspaper, P.O. Box 395, Old Bethpage, NY 11804; (516) 939-ABLE;
Access for Disabled Americans, P.O. Box 384, Orinda, CA 94563; (510)
253-3524 / Fax 253-0790.
Accessible Transportation Around The World, Access Exchange
International, 112 San Pablo Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127; (415) 661-6355
/ Fax. 661-1543.
Alive, P.O. Box 263, New Rochelle, NY 10804-0263; (914) 632-8521.
Axis Newsletter, AXIS Center for Public Awareness of People with
Disabilities, 4550 Indianola Ave.Columbus,
OH 43214-2246; Fax. (614) 267-4550.
Web: medicaltravel.org (Dialysis tours and cruises, oxygen travel, and
Choice Travel Sylmar, Lee Anne & Tony Willis; (800) 494-3999, (818)
367-4693 / Fax. 833-0840. E-mail: Choicetrav@aol.com. (Dialysis and
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/.
Dialysis Travel & Vacations, Russ St. Cook, 7969 Engineer Rd., Suite
105, San Diego, CA 92111; (619) 576-9666.
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/.
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.
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/.
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/