GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME XI, NUMBER 1, January 2010
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Welcome to the Jan. 2010 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. U.S: MORE ACCESSIBLE CABS
2. DISNEY & MORE DISNEY
3. DIS-UNPLUGGED
4. ACCESSIBLE NATURE TRAVEL
5. ACCESSIBLE VANCOUVER
6. PARIS, BRUGGE & IEPER 2009

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1. U.S: MORE ACCESSIBLE CABS

The use of wheelchair taxis in the U.S. is on the rise, thanks to the Federal Transit Administration’s New Freedom Grants. With the grants, local governments can provide taxi companies with the incentive to run an accessible cab service. New accessible taxi companies are now available in Memphis, Tennessee, Pensacola, Florida, Mobile, Alabama, Houston, Texas, Coos Bay, Oregon and New Haven, Connecticut.

This month, Washington, D.C. has 20 new Sienna minivans retrofitted for wheelchair use is expected to go into full service, Learn more at http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-12-20-wheelchair-taxis_N.htm

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2. DISNEY & MORE DISNEY

Disabled travelers wrote to share their mixed feelings about Disney access. Janine J., of Orlando, Florida, recently described her frustration with DisneyWorld access. She wrote:

“Yes, most everyone acts like Disney is so accommodating to the disabled. Do they realize how far it is from the handicapped parking lot to the monorail or the ferry boat to get to the Magic Kingdom? I think not.  It would be so much nicer if we could use valet parking at one of the resorts and go by monorail to the parks but they don't allow this. 

Also, some ride areas are narrow and congested and they want you to leave your scooter outside the entrance and then stand in line for a long time in order to ride it or see the attraction, which I cannot do. I don't call this accommodation. They could go a long way to improving things but do not care to as their bottom line is always high. Their attitude is to heck with those of us not physically fit to the max.

Another reader wrote that she and her friend, who has severe mobility limitations due to Muscular Dystrophy, think that the Disney parks are great for disabled people. They have stayed a few times at the Grand Floridian at Disney and have found it to be the most accommodating place ever.

Her friend uses a scooter and is able to transfer to a walker for very short walks but can not climb any form of an incline with a walker and can never do stairs. She also requires lodging with a roll-in shower, bench and a hand held shower head.  

DIZ-ABLED.COM may be the go-to site for any parent planning a trip to DisneyWorld for their special needs child. The site includes information on oxygen, special diets and scooter and wheelchair use. Visit http://www.Diz-abled.com

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3. DIS-UNPLUGGED

Don’t miss Skip Potter’s access insights at Dis-Unplugged. His recent report includes a video showing what a wheelchair user can expect while traveling on Amtrak trains in the U.S. Check it out at http://www.disunplugged.com/2009/12/03/amtrak-and-mears-transportation-to-disney/

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4. ACCESSIBLE NATURE TRAVEL

Nature and wheelchairs often create a challenging situation, but thankfully there are exceptions. Accessible Nature Travel details many accessible nature venues on the West Coast of the United States and British Columbia.

Learn more at http://accessiblenaturetravel.com/

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5. ACCESSIBLE VANCOUVER

With the 2010 Winter Olympics about to open, disabled visitors will find excellent access to all Olympic venues as well as transportation and accommodations in this beautiful city. For details and resources, visit http://www.tourismvancouver.com/media/media_kit/background/accessible_vancouver

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6. PARIS, BRUGGE & IEPER 2009

John & Maria Smith journeyed from Australia to Europe to visit Paris, Brugge and the WWI battlefield of Ieper. http://www.globalaccessnews.com/parisleperbruggesmith09.htm

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