April - June 2011 Global Access News Travel E-Zine
GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME XII, NUMBER 3, April. - June, 2011
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Welcome to the April -- June, 2011 Global Access News Travel E-Zine Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel tips and experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. TSA MEDICAL NOTIFICATION CARD
2. GALVESTON, TX: WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE BEACH CONDO
3. SCOTLAND FOR ALL
4. NEW WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TAXIS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
5. TOURING ISRAEL BY WHEELCHAIR
6. AUTISTIC GLOBETROTTING
7. EUROPEAN ZOO TOURS: A POLAR BEAR QUEST

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1. TSA MEDICAL NOTIFICATION CARD

Disabled travelers concerned about how airport security will handle their medical condition during the screening process can contact the Transportation Security Administration to obtain a TSA Medical Notification Card. The card states "I have the following health condition, disability or medical device that may affect my screening.” The card contains a blank space to fill in as needed. For a template of the card, call TSA at 866-289-9673. The new cards help notify the security screeners of your medical situation, but they will not exempt a passenger from a screening screenings or pat-downs.

Travelers frequently subjected to additional screening at airport security checkpoints can also apply for redress with the Department of Homeland Security's Travel Redress Inquiry Program. The department will issue them a redress number, which may help them through the screening process on future travels. Redress applications are available at https://trip.dhs.gov  or by mail at DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP), 601 South 12th St., TSA-901, Arlington, VA 20598-6901.

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2. GALVESTON, TX: WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE BEACH CONDO

Kelley Van Auken, a 34 year old disabled power wheelchair traveler with MD and MS, shared the availability of her Galveston, Texas wheelchair accessible beach condo. View condo photos and learn more about its amenities at http://islander-east-504.weebly.com/ 
For additional information, contact Kelley at kelley.vanauken@gmail.com

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3. SCOTLAND FOR ALL

Gabriele Tiedtke and Andreas Schneider, of Scotland for All, are tour operators for people with and without disabilities, They are based in Bonar Bridge, in the Highlands of Scotland.

They write: “We use our knowledge and our love for this beautiful part of the world to show our guests from all over the world, the well - known and the little known sides of Scotland. With our long time experience in the health service, we know the special desires and needs of humans with disabilities. We do not just offer a holiday, but a trip arranged especially for them and their needs Our intention is to give everybody, especially those with disabilities, the opportunity to come to Scotland.”

“It doesn`t matter what kind of disability the guests have. Whether they have problems climbing stairs or taking long walks, whether they have mobility problems or they are ( partially ) blind, whether they use a wheelchair or are deaf. We always find the right trip for all travellers, whether a guided round tour through the highlands or a city break. We organize the whole journey customized for every guest. They only have to relax and enjoy their holidays.

To learn more, visit their site at www.scotland-for-all.co.uk Or write andreas.schneider@scotland-for-all.co.uk or gabriele.tiedtke@scotland-for-all.co.uk

Gabriele Tiedtke und Andreas Schneider
phone: ++44 1863 766 010
mobile: ++ 44 77 94 84 75 74

mail@scotland-for-all.co.uk

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4. NEW WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TAXIS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

According to the Associated Press AP, 20 special taxis for passengers in wheelchairs began operating in Washington, D.C. recently.

The 20 wheelchair taxis were put into operation with a $1-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration and $200,000 from the D.C. Taxicab Commission. They operate under Yellow Cab and Royal Cab.

The taxis are regular minivans that have been modified so that the passenger can roll into the vehicle on a ramp. Passengers pay normal taxi rates, but drivers receive an additional $2 per trip from the grant funding. All drivers have received special training and a special license from the taxicab commission.

There are over 12,000 people in Washington, D.C. who travel in wheelchairs.

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5. TOURING ISRAEL BY WHEELCHAIR

Anyone seeking information on wheelchair accessibility in Israel, will find a wealth of solid information in an ASSIST News Service article by  Nicole Jansezian for www.Travelujah.com

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2011/s11050195.htm

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6. AUTISTIC GLOBETROTTING

Margalit Sturm Francus wrote to share her new site, www.autisticglobetrotting.com Her non-profit site for the autistic community. Is based in the U.S. and offers with valuable tips, advice and stories to inspire the autistic community to travel. Learn more at www.autisticglobetrotting.com

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7. EUROPEAN ZOO TOURS: A POLAR BEAR QUEST

Diane Brown, of Victoria, B.C. recently went on a polar bear quest by scooter through multiple European zoos.  She visited Dierenrijk, outside Eindhoven, in the Netherlands; the Monde Sauvage in Aywaille, Belgium; GaiaPark Kerkrade Zoo, also in the Netherlands; the Ouwehands Zoo, at Rhenen, NL; Zoom Erlebniswelt at Gelsenkirchen in Germany; the Aachen Zoo; the Blijdorp Zoo, outside Rotterdam; and finally the Cologne Zoo. Follow her adventure at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/Touring%20Zoos%20by%20Scooter%20Brown%202011.htm

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