GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 6, June 2003
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Welcome to the June 2003 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine . Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. U.S. TSA SMOOTHES THE WAY 
2. GREEK ACCOMMODATIONS
3. BENIDORM BEACH ACCESS
4. CANCUN: GRAN CARIBE REAL HOTEL 
5. ACCESSIBLE LONDON PUBS
6. WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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1. U.S. TSA SMOOTHES WAY


According to a recent U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) press release, its new Persons with Disabilities Program will provide disabled travelers with a more secure and dignified manner for screening at the airport.

Sandra Cammaroto developed the Screening of Persons with Disabilities Program because there were no specific or consistent procedures to screen persons with disabilities. The program was designed to train TSA screeners how to screen consistently, safely, and with sensitivity to individual needs. 

"TSA's goal is to ensure that every passenger with a disability knows what to expect at every airport, every time, everywhere," said Cammaroto. 

Cammaroto focused the program on passengers whose disabilities fall into four categories - mobility, visual, hearing, and hidden. 'Mobility' refers to limitation of body movement, and involves people using wheelchairs, scooters, crutches, canes, etc. 'Hearing' includes persons who are deaf or have a hearing loss. 'Visual' includes persons who are blind or have limited (low) vision. And, 'Hidden' refers to persons who have heart and lung conditions, diabetes, brain injuries, etc., and may be using devices such as a pacemaker, insulin pumps, or other devices. 

TSA publishes travel tips on its website, so disabled travelers can learn what to expect at airport security checkpoints. To learn how to make your airport screening procedure move smoothly, visit http://129.33.119.130/public/display?theme=83

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2. GREEK ACCOMMODATIONS

Thalpi,
a modern accessible retirement home in Attica, Greece is now offering rooms to disabled travelers visiting Greece. To learn more about what services and accommodations are available for disabled travelers, visit http://www.disabled-traveller-accommodation.com/

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3. BENIDORM BEACH ACCESS 


Benidorm,
a popular vacation retreat for European travelers to Spain’s Valencia coast, now provides at least one wheelchair accessible beach. Levante Beach is now wheelchair friendly. The city has provided disabled visitors with a free specially adapted chair for the water, along with a helper. The adapted beach area also features a ramp to the sunbathing platform and changing facilities. Soon disabled beachgoers will have an additional 23 other beaches available at Benidorm to enjoy at this sun and fun mecca.

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4. CANCUN: GRAN CARIBE REAL HOTEL


Ruth T. wrote Global Access News  to share the following access information about Cancun’s Gran Caribe Real Hotel: “It was absolutely great, “ she said. “Everywhere is accessible in this big hotel, even the beach! It’s a very clean place and the staff is absolutely wonderful!”

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5. ACCESSIBLE LONDON PUBS

Pub hopping is one of the joys of visiting London. Now wheelchair users can pub hop around the city without being concerned about which pubs have accessible loos (restrooms). To learn more, visit 
http://www.pubs.com/disablist.htm

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6. WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Come along as Viv and Ian Hawkins spend two weeks touring Western Australia. Beginning with a flight from Brisbane to Sydney, the duo booked accessible berths on the Indian Pacific Railway bound for Perth. After picking up their rental car in Perth, they explored the best of Western Down Under.” 
http://www.globalaccessnews.com/westernaustralia2000.htm

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