GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME III, NUMBER 6, June 2002
Copyright © 2002, Global Access News

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Welcome to the June 2002 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. We cover the atlas this month thanks to the diverse collection of reports and links we received from our readers. Check out the exotic Cook Islands report by Bonnie Arthur or consider an accessible home stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand. If Mexico is more your enchilada, Sylvia Fitch-Brewster offers an excellent report on Cancun. Add a splash of Europe with an accessible tour of Lisbon, Portugal by Michael P. Shaushkin, and/or discover where to pick up a scooter rental or have your wheels fixed on the Costa del Sol. For North America, consider an accessible condo in Vancouver, B.C. or a visit to Las Vegas or Knotts Berry Farm, Los Angeles. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write and share your travel tips and experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. CANCUN, MEXICO
2. THE COOK ISLANDS FOR WHEELIES
3. KNOTTS BERRY FARM, LOS ANGELES
4. LISBON, PORTUGAL: ACCESSIBLE TOUR
5. LAS VEGAS KUDOS
6. VANCOUVER, B.C: LUXURY RENTAL
7. CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
8. SERONDELLA VACATION RENTAL (ORLANDO, FL)
9. COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN


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1. CANCUN, MEXICO


Sylvia Fitch-Brewster shares accessible highlights of her trip to Cancun, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and the  eco-archeological park of Xcaret. Come along as she and her husband explore these exotic locales and even manage a swim with the dolphins. http://www.globalaccessnews.com/cancun02.htm

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2. THE COOK ISLANDS FOR WHEELIES


When Bonnie Arthur and her boyfriend, Barry, of Detroit, MI, dreamed of a tropical paradise with clear ocean waters and friendly island people, they refused to let assured access stand in their way. They leaped into the land of unknown access on their March visit to the New Zealand’s Cook Islands and are glad they did. 
http://www.globalaccessnews.com/cookislands02.htm

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3. KNOTTS BERRY FARM, LOS ANGELES

Don Cross details the superb access provided for pulmonary disabled people at Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm. Anyone needing oxygen 24/7 will surely find this theme park not only the paradigm of access compliance but also a joy to visit .http://www.globalaccessnews.com/knottsberryfarm.htm

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4. LISBON, PORTUGAL: ACCESSIBLE TOUR


Michael P. Shaushkin of El Segundo, California, and his wife Cris were delighted with their private accessible van tour of many of Lisbon, Portugal's top sites.
http://www.globalaccessnews.com/lisbonportugal02.htm

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5. LAS VEGAS KUDOS


Las Vegas, Nevada continues to gain access applause from our readers. Of particular note are the following commentaries from Elizabeth J., and Joan B.Elizabeth J, of Calgary, Canada writes: I have limited mobility and use a wheelchair for distances. I am constantly amazed at the accessibility I have to the wonderful sights and sounds of Las Vegas. We are from Canada where wheelchair accommodation is ill- defined at the best of times. In Las Vegas all the casinos are ramped. The Stratosphere has a special elevator to get you to the 108th floor outside observation deck. The hotels are all equipped with disabled suites with wall bars, shower chairs and kind, friendly staff. I have rolled down the entire strip in both directions with ease as the sidewalks are wide and the curbs are ramped. I would heartily recommend the Riviera Hotel as the parkade is close to the hotel and it has elevators right next to the disabled parking stalls. All of the hotels do actually. The Riviera is steeped in Rat Pack history. My husband is a musician and thrills to see the pictures on the walls of Sinatra and Martin. Most hotels have 800 numbers and are fairly inexpensive. $50.00 - 60.00 a night.

Joan B., of Doylestown, PA, gave high marks to the Las Vegas Sahara Hotel. Joan wrote: The staff was very helpful and the hotel was set up in such a way (ramps, elevators) that it was very accessible. I went to Hoover Dam and it, too, was very accessible. The people at the Grand Canyon were kind and helpful. All told the trip was a delight.

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6. VANCOUVER, B.C: LUXURY RENTAL


Western Skye, Vancouver, B.C.'s new, accessible luxury vacation rental, is now available. Managed and owned by wheelchair user Brandy Cook, this centrally located condominium overlooks False Creek. It provides a fully accessible bedroom, gourmet kitchen and bathroom with wheel-in shower. A heated swimming pool, whirlpool and steam room are also available. Brandy welcomes your interest in discovering all the beauty and access Vancouver has to offer disabled travelers. Western Skye is well connected to Vancouver's many attractions. To view photos of this lovely accommodation and learn more, visit Brandy’s website at http://www.westernskye.com

Or contact Brandy at:
Western Skye
502-1033 Marinaside Cres.
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z-3A3
Tel. 604-940-2812


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7. CHIANG MAI, THAILAND


Disabled visitors to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand will find accessible room accommodations available at Baan Khun Daeng. Wheelchair user Karsten Blokker, who has lived in Thailand since 1995, owns the rental. Blokker can also arrange a variety of interesting trips and activities for wheelchair users, including elephant rides and shopping, city and temple tours, as well as visits to orchid and snake farms. To learn more, visit his website, which is available in both Dutch and English: http://members.ams.chello.nl/danblokker/index.html

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8. SERONDELLA VACATION RENTAL (ORLANDO, FL)

Roger Whittle, a full-time wheelchair user, is now offering vacation rentals in Serondella, his fully accessible Orlando, Florida home. Perfect for a group of up to 8 people, his new 4 bedroom, 4 bath home has ample room and access for everyone.
Complete with a roll-in shower (with a built-in shower seat and handheld shower), Serondella has its own private screened-in heated pool with a hoist in the center of the deck, which provides easy access to the pool. Whittle worked with the home builder to guarantee total access. All doors are 36'' wide, and even the kitchen sink is accessible. Helpful links on his website detail Orlando’s attractions and activities. To learn more about Serondella’s many amenities, visit http://www.accessiblefloridavillas.freeserve.co.uk/

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9. COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN


Mobility Abroad
in Spain’s Costa del Sol region rents, sells and repairs wheelchairs and scooters. They also offer a variety of disability-related products. According to their manager, John Greenan, they currently have one power chair rental, but they plan to invest in a few new power chairs within the next 2-3 months. They will also be purchasing a patient hoist, which will be available for hire. Their goal is to help provide freedom for disabled people, and their aim is to take the worry out of getting about, leaving you to enjoy your holiday and explore your surroundings. To learn more, visit http://www.mobilityabroad.com/index2.html

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Thanks for sharing!

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