GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME VII, NUMBER 6, June/July 2006
Copyright © 2006, 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. Web sites and e-mail addresses, however, change frequently, so changes may have occurred after that date.

 

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Welcome to the June/July 2006 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. We appreciate all the people who write to share their travel tips and experiences.

 

CONTENTS

 

1. SWEDEN & DENMARK ACCESS
2. ROLLING THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA

3. CANCUN ACCESSIBLE

4. WHEELCHAIR RACER DENOUNCES QUANTAS’ POLICY

5. TRAVELING AS A DISABLED PERSON
6. SPAIN: CASA DE SUENO

7. BARCELONA ACCESS 2006

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1. SWEDEN & DENMARK ACCESS

 

Scandinavian access takes the spotlight with two helpful web sites:

 

For many years, Global Access News has received queries about Swedish access so it’s treat to finally receive some good usable access information about that beautiful country.
http://www.sweden.se/templates/cs/Article____14605.aspx


Denmark also offers a host of services and agencies designed to assist with accessible travel. Consider these resource sites while planning your visit.

http://www.visitdenmark.com/international/en-gb/Menu/turist/inspiration/tilgaengelighed/disabled-in-denmark.htm

and http://www.visiteurope.com/ccm/experience/viewdetail/?nav_cat=134&lang=en_US&item_url=/NTO-Denmark/experiences/special-for/disabled-travel-in-denmark.es

 

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2. ROLLING THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA

 

Julia Malone’s excellent article, Rolling Through South America,” published in the “Oakland Tribune,” exemplifies the spirit of wheelchair travel. Able-bodied Malone traveled through Argentina, Uruguay and Chile with her wheelchair-using friend, Pat Broderick, a superior Court Judge in the District of Columbia.
 

While dealing with the inconveniences of poor access, Broderick’s positive attitude served her well. Her approach can best be capsulated in her quote:

"Inconvenience is adventure wrongly considered, and adventure is inconvenience rightly considered." Share her adventure at
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/dest_travelideas/101928.php

 

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3. CANCUN ACCESSIBLE

 

Judith Cárdenas, of Cancun Accessible, wrote to share their new service. They specialize in planning adapted Mayan and Eco tours to meet each disabled traveler’s needs. Write Cardenas at  jcardenas@cancunaccesible.com
or visit their web site at http://www.cancunaccesible.com/eng/index.htm

 

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4. WHEELCHAIR RACER DENOUNCES QUANTAS’ POLICY

Australian airlines
continue to take hits from wheelchair users protesting their discriminatory policies.

 

Recently, a disability group filed a complaint with Australia’s Human Rights Commission to protest Virgin Blue Airline’s policy of requiring that carers accompany disabled passengers. I am please to note that the group and successfully forced the airline to backtrack on their policy.

 

Unfortunately, disabled travelers still, however, face discrimination with Qantas Airlines. Australian wheelchair racer, Louise Sauvage, whose face used to grace Qantas Airlines’ promotions, recently denounced that airline’s policy of allowing only two wheelchair users per domestic flight.

 

According to Qantas, this restriction appliesonly to smaller aircraft because of potential stowage safety hazards during the flight. Qantas also recently reduced the number of staff available to help disabled passengers outside peak hours at Sydney Airport.
 

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5. TRAVELING AS A DISABLED PERSON

 

Wheelchair travel can be rigorous but rewarding for those who persevere. The UK’s “Telegraph” shares Judith Cameron’s experiences of traveling with her severely disabled daughter:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/main.jhtml?xml=/travel/2006/05/13/etdisabled13.xml&sSheet=/travel/2006/05/13/ixtrvhome.html

 

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6. SPAIN: CASA DE SUENO

Norman and Sue Nash wrote Global Access News to announce the availability of their fully accessible villa, Casa de Sueno on Spain's Costa Blanca. Norman is a T1/2 paraplegic, so there are no steps anywhere in the house and only three in one part of the garden, but these can be bypassed via a ramp. The doorways are all 900mm wide, but with the door open it is safer to say that there is an 860mm clearance.
 

Everywhere inside the house is accessible to a wheelchair.The master bedroom suite is spacious and has a kingsize bed. There is room (at least 1.2m) on either side of the bed, which can be raised for those who need it. In addition, there are electric sockets, light and ceiling fan controls all at the side of the bed. The room dimensions are 4.46m x 4.21m, and there is a door leading from the bedroom to the terrace and garden.

 

The en suite bathroom measures 3.44m x 3.4m. There is a wheel-in shower and a shower chair is provided. The shower can be hand held or used from one of two wall-mounted brackets at different heights. There is a large bath with grab rails on either side and a wide ledge for end entry. The bath also has a hand held shower attachment. The toilet is raised (height 500mm) with a grab rail beside it for a right lateral transfer. The sink height is 760mm,  which is high enough to move a wheelchair under.

 

The family bathroom is also accessible but a shower chair would have to be used over the toilet as there is no grab rail.

 

The garden is totally accessible with wide pathways and raised flowerbeds. The pool has a hydraulic sling hoist.

 

A car can be driven to within about 4-5m of the doorway. There is a good security system, which provides an emergency call system with and an English speaking service.

 

To learn more about Casa de Sueno, visit their website at www.accessvillaspain.com/disability.htm  or write Norman and Sue Nash at Accessvilla@aol.com

 

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7. BARCELONA ACCESS 2006

Syd
and June Burns, of Penrith, England, share their days of sun and fun exploring Barcelona, Spain.

http://www.globalaccessnews.com/barcelonaburns06.htm


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