GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME VIII NUMBER 12, December 2007

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Welcome to the December 2007 issue of the 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. DISABLED SEGWAY USERS SUE DISNEY WORLD

2. ACCESSIBLE PRAGUE

3. FRANCE: LES CERISIERS GITE

4. CHINA ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL

5. SPAIN: FINESTRAT, COSTA BLANCA O.A.S.I.S HOLIDAYS
6. TRAVELS IN A BLUE CHAIR

7. FRANCE: ACCESSIBLE PARIS RENTAL

 

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1. DISABLED SEGWAY USERS SUE DISNEY WORLD

 

According to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,” three disabled guests at Orlando’s Disney World have filed a federal lawsuit against the theme park because they were banned from using their Segway vehicles there. While all three plaintiffs can stand, they have difficulty walking.

 

Their lawsuit states that there are between 4,000 to 7,000 disabled people Segway users, but Disney expressed concern that Segway use could endanger park visitors.

 

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2. ACCESSIBLE PRAGUE

 

Lea Skanderova wrote us to share the news of her new travel agency, Accessible Prague, that specializes in providing services for disabled travellers to Prague.

 

Lea writes: “I have worked as a personal care assistant in the UK, and have a lot of experience in this field, and I have the knowledge of what is needed whilst travelling. My business is based in Prague and it consists of carefully selected hotels, which I have personally inspected, as well as transfers and equipment hire. “

Lea also provides a Barrier Free Guide to Prague.”

 

Contact: Lea Skanderova

Accessible Prague

Phone: +420 608 531 753

E-mail: lea.skanderova@accessibleprague.com

www.accessibleprague.com

 

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3. FRANCE: LES CERISIERS GITE

 

Settle into French hamlet life at Les Cerisiers, a spacious wheelchair accessible gite near the small hamlet of Lezay, France in the heart of the Poitou Charentes, France. The owners converted a 19th-century barn and outfitted it with modern amenities

 

Lezay offers a large weekly market and restaurants, a supermarket, a large outdoor swimming pool and a park with a play area and a fishing lake.

Learn more at www.lescerisiers.co.uk

 

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4. CHINA ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL

 

Sunny Li shared the news of his new China Accessible Travel service launched by the Chinese Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities (CASPD) and China Travel Service Head Office (CTS), provides travel services for the slow walkers, the physically and developmentally challenged and their able-bodied companions

 

He writes:

 

“Tours: We have inspected each route before hand to guarantee its accessibility for the physically challenged. It is our custom to recommend routes, which match your special needs while ensuring you fully enjoy your travel experience.”

 

“Accommodations: Every hotel recommended to you has been personally inspected by us and has been carefully assessed to ensure its accessibility and suitability for your special needs.”

 

“Transportation: “CTS Bus Company owns more than 200 passenger vehicles of different types. We have also equipped some travel vans and coaches with ramps or lifts for wheelchair users.”

 

“Travel Companions: For wheelchair users, slow walks and the blind, we have a 1 to 1 volunteer for you. These personal care assistants help you get on/off vehicles, get over barriers etc. Further, certified nurses are also available when necessary.”

 

For more details, please refer to www.imabled.com

 

Sunny Li

China Accessible Travel Special Team

 

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5. SPAIN: FINESTRAT, COSTA BLANCA O.A.S.I.S HOLIDAYS

 

Diane Wingfield shared news of a holiday opportunity in Spain for disabled people.

 

She writes:

 

“Our villas are situated in stunning scenery at the foot of the traditional and historic village of Finestrat, with views to the Mediterranean and the Sierra Aitana mountains. We provide holiday facilities for people with a disability, who require care along with their companions, carers and friends. We also cater for independent people who require minimum care and for those who simply need reassurance that 24-hour nursing care and care support is on hand should they need it. We can offer you a full board respite package, including taking care of your care needs, or we can offer you a self- catering villa providing care on an hourly basis that provides the choice of taking a holiday with or without your family and/or your every day carer. If you want a break from cooking, we can offer you breakfast or evening meal on our terrace restaurant.

 

Each villa has been carefully designed and equipped to the highest standard to meet the needs of guests with varying abilities, who wish to holiday with complete freedom. If you have had difficulty in finding suitable holiday accommodation in the past, have a look at our website to see what we can offer you at www.oasis-holidays.com

e-mail oasiswingfield@ctv.es

 

Contact their agent, Helen, in England at 01892665294 for a brochure.

 

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6. TRAVELS IN A BLUE CHAIR

 

Walt Balenovich announced the debut of his new self-published book, “Travels in a Blue Chair, Alaska to Zambia, Ushuaia to Ulur.” His 50 colorful stories cover 6 continents, 28 countries, countless new friends and only1 backpacker in a dusty old blue chair.

 

Walt writes:

“I have found myself in some amazing, funny and harrowing situations, with only my wits, smile, blue chair and the friends I met along the way to help me through. I have spent a great part of my life exploring the world and meeting the people on it, alone, in my blue chair.”

 

“Perhaps you've been to Zambia, maybe even by yourself, but have you ever found yourself with a freshly broken leg, lying in a clinic under the only blurry X-ray machine within 1000 km?”

  

“Many people have been to Indonesia, but few have been stranded in the early morning darkness on the terrifying Java Sea, after the boat motor that brought you so far out, just broke down?

 

“I had polio when I was 12 weeks old and spent the first 5 years of my life in the hospital, after finally being released to enter kindergarten, use coloured towels and eat non-flaked potatoes. After finishing school, I became an I.T. consultant, which allowed me to travel.”“

 

Learn more about Walt and his book at http://www.bluechairbook.com and don’t miss his on-line excerpts of his visits to Japan, Indonesdia and Kenya.

 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go to support Rotary International's programme to vaccinate children against polio in the Third World.  

 

Walt Balenovich ios currently planning his next book: “Blue Chair – Blue World. One year around the world in a blue chair with all new countries and adventures.

 

Contact Walt Balenovich walt@bluechairbook.com or call him in Canada at +1 416.792.1594.

 

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7.  FRANCE: ACCESSIBLE PARIS RENTAL

 

Lea Lior shares the news of a Wheelchair Accessible Paris Apartment rental in Paris, France. Lea is a paraplegic who uses only a power wheelchair.

 

She writes: “This is a spacious fully furnished flat (35m2) with a fully equipped kitchen, an electrically adjustable bed, convertible sofa bed, roll-in shower and a  tv+internet connection. It has two elevators and is owned by a paraplegic journaliste using a power wheelchair."

 

Located in a very central and wheelchair accessible neighbourhood (Montparnasse) with accessible public transportation + direct lines to CDG+ORLY airports.

 

Measures of importance:

Door of elevators: 65 cm

Bathroom doors: 80 cm

Bed height's from floor to mattress: 45 cm

Toilet height: 50 cm

Mme Lior writes: The neighbourhood is perfect for wheelchairs .There's a supermarket downstairs, and it's very easy to get around- wide sidewalks. Since sidewalks in Paris are negotiable, it's a very good location to start a walk and to get to central places by wheelchair.

 

Public transportation includes accessible buses

No 38 goes to Luxemberg gardens, Quartier Latin, Chatelet, Gare du nord.

No 62 goes to China Town, Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand, Bercy.

No 88 (right around the corner) goes to Gare Montparnasse.

 

Metro: Denfert Rochereau, line RER B goes to CDG airport, as well as Chatelet-les Halles.

 

Mme Lior will provide necessary details for getting along in Paris, as well as a reservation for an accessible taxi service.

 

For additional information, write dira75014@hotmail.com and visit to Global Access News Accommodation page to view photos of Lea Lior’s apartment’s access to determine its suitability for your needs.

 

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