GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME IX, NUMBER 2, February 2008

Copyright © 2008, Global Access News

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Please note: Any Internet links mentioned in this e-zine were verified as functioning as of the date listed at the top of this zine. However, web sites and e-mail addresses change frequently, so changes may have occurred after the above date.

 

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Welcome to the February 2008 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. CALL FOR ACCESS TO THE SKIES

2. ACCESSIBLE CRUISE NEWS

3. VENICE, ITALY ACCESS GUIDE

4. CANADIAN AIRLINES DROP EXTRA CHARGES

5. WALKING TOURS: NEW YORK CITY & PARIS, FRANCE

6. AUSTRALIA FOR ALL

7. LETíS GO COSTA BRAVA

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1. CALL FOR ACCESS TO THE SKIES

 

Many disabled travelers have experienced less than adequate airline service when flying, but Howard L. Chabner (a frequent contributor to Global Access News) hopes to do something about that. He is now leading an effort to urge the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide us with the regulations we desperately need to achieve full access to the skies while guaranteeing our comfort, health and safety.  By detailing some of his own flying experiences, Chabner makes a strong case for the need for major changes in DOTís regulations. Check out his points and see if his flying experiences might mirror your own: See http://www.globalaccessnews.com/americanairlinescomplaintfeb08.htm

 

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2. ACCESSIBLE CRUISE NEWS

 

If youíre planning a cruise and wondering about whether a ship will meet your individual access needs, check out these handy web sites:

Cruise-Chat.com
provides an on-line forum where disabled travelers can post their cruising experiences and questions:

http://cruise-chat.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/939608462

 

Criuise Lines Internationalís site provides a database of access information to help travelers locate the perfect ship boarding experience:

http://www.cruising.org/planyourcruise/guides/wheelchair.cfm

 

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3. VENICE, ITALY ACCESS GUIDE

 

The city of Venice, Italy now provides a web site designed to help wheelchair users, and other disabled travelers, navigate its many ancient canals, bridges and buildings. Each page of this site provides both an English and an Italian version. Donít miss the PDF access map of the islands. Learn more at

http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/1317

 

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4. CANADIAN AIRLINES DROP EXTRA CHARGES

 

Mary M, of Halifax, Canada, alerted us to the news that Canadian airlines will begin charging disabled people the same fares as other travelers. The airlines can no longer charge disabled travelers extra fees to accommodate their disability needs for an extra seat. The Canadian Transportation Agency ruling stated that disabled people needing an attendant to travel with them, as well as obese people requiring two seats, will pay only one fare.

 

In 2002, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and disabled individuals filed the discrimination complaint that led to the policy changes. Letís hope that this ruling will gain global momentum. Learn more at

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080110/disability_ruling_081001/20080110?hub=CTVNewsAt11

 

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5. WALKING TOURS: NEW YORK CITY, PARIS, LONDON

 

Derek Guzman, of Paris on Wheels, sent in an update to his services. He is currently available to provide customized accessible walking tours and guide service for both Paris and New York City. In Paris, Guzman can also arrange van transportation and tours with a private company.  To learn more, visit http://parisonwheels.tripod.com/

Or contact Guzman at powparis@yahoo.com

 

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6. AUSTRALIA FOR ALL

 

Australia For All Alliance Inc. recently debuted their new web site featuring wheelchair accessible accommodations and tourism venues in Australia. The group is also constructing a growing list of worldwide accessible accommodation to choose from. Explore the possibilities at  http://www.australiaforall.com.au/

 

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7. LETíS GO COSTA BRAVA

 

With 22 wheelchair accessible apartments, the Costa Brava Apartments in Llagostera (1 hour from Barcelona and 15 min. from Girona) were designed to accommodate wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility. The resort also provides an accessible swimming pool with lift, transportation facilities and information about accessible tourist venues in the region. Learn more at

http://www.fundacio60.org/fundacio60/homeng.html

 

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Global Access News welcomes your travel reports, tips and comments at clearpath@cox.net Thanks for sharing!

 

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Missed a Travel E-Zine? Catch up on a previous issue by visiting our E-Zine Archive at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/travel_ezine_archive.htm

 

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Global Access News welcomes your travel reports, tips and comments at clearpath@cox.net Thanks for sharing!

 

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