GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME VII, NUMBER 3, March 2006

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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 March 2006 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Whether you’re seeking an accessible holiday in Croatia, Honduras, Granada, Spain, the island of Aruba or Portland, Oregon, we have wonderful links to ease your travel. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write share and us your access tips.

 

CONTENTS

 

1. CROATIA: APARTMENT UPDATE

2. AIRLINE WARNING: QANTAS’ DISCRIMATION

3. PORTLAND, OREGON AIRPORT UPDATE

4. HONDURAS: BAY ISLAND BEACH RESORTS

5. GRANADA, SPAIN ACCOMMODATIONS
6. ARUBA ACCESS LINKS

 

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1. CROATIA: APARTMENT UPDATE

 

Thanks to Sinisa Strbac, of Australia. for sending us additional access information for her accessible bungalow and apartment rentals now available in Croatia. Both places provide a roll-in shower and a handheld shower hose.

 

Sinisa writes:

 

The bungalow is priced at 150 euros per night. It sleeps four. It features (apart from the accessible bathroom and two very large private terraces) a spectacular view, computer with internet access, satellite TV, stereo, DVD player, electric double bed, large fridge, steam oven, microwave/convection oven, grill, air conditioner, shower chair and hoist if required, a washing machine, dishwasher, and all dishes and linens. The bungalow has no connecting walls to any other building and it is about 50m from the main house.

 

The apartment sleeps four and is priced at 100 euros per night. It features a large terrace with a view to the sea, all the cooking facilities, a large living room, a bedroom, spacious kitchen and an accessible bathroom.

 

All areas are level, and since both buildings are on a hill and access is via ramps (10 degrees steep) from a level car park. Inside, both structures’ doors are 1 meter or approximately 3-feet wide. Showers are level.

 

The accommodations are situated on the island of Ciovo. The island is connected to the mainland by the bridge in the medieval town of Trogir. The main city nearby is Split (about 25 km by land or 2 km by sea). The apartments are in the fishing village of Slatine. There are cafes, restaurants and shops in the village itself, but both Trogir and Split are nearby with all the entertainment that any major tourist city offers.

 

The airport is about a 15-minute drive on the other side of the bay. Both Split and Trogir (their old towns that is) are built on a level ground and have good wheelchair access to the outdoor events. The indoor events are a different story, but in summer nothing happens indoors.

 

Split has a fully accessible beach with both the ramp and hoist access. The beach is also manned so assistance is no problem. They provide a beach wheelchair for the access via ramp.

 

The village itself has no accessible beach as yet, but I have been given a permission to modify one in the winter of 2007. However, there are a number of small beaches that, depending on the nature of disability, can be accessed with assistance. There are number of summer festivals in both Trogir and Split with Split featuring opera in the Diocletian palace, jazz performances and international theater companies. All events are outdoors and accessible.

 

Croatia is hilly, so apartments are on the hill however access is via ramps (10 degrees) from the car park. The driveway from the road to the car park is steep, however, I use an electric chair and I am rather heavy (over 100kg) and have not had a problem going down or up the driveway.

 

We are making the second floor of the house accessible, at the moment (building a ramp and modifying the toilets and door entrances). Bathrooms are spacious and showers are level, i.e. there is no step or a lip. We are able to provide our shower chair and a hoist, or you can bring your own. I use a large electric chair and live in the house, so everything has been built with a wheelchair in mind. All doors are sliding (except the main entrance door) and minimum100 cm wide. The apartments are level as are the very large terraces.

 

I also have a wheelchair accessible van that may be hired. Pick up from airport or Split harbor and train station is complimentary.

 

Contact Strbac to determine if the apartments suit your particular access needs.

sinisa_strbac@yahoo.com.au

 

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2. AIRLINE WARNING: QANTAS’ DISCRIMATION

 

Qantas earns our Ugly Airline of the Month Award for its mean-spirited discrimination of wheelchair user, Tanya Hornberg, in Queensland Australia.

 

The airline balked at loading her power chair into the cargo hold of their Boeing 737 plane. They cited height restrictions and personnel safety as their reasons for refusing to board her wheelchair. Qantas’ refusal to load her chair prevented her from attending a meeting.

 

Recently, Qantas apologized to 72-year-old June Lewis for refusing to bring her a wheelchair at the Melbourne Airport, where she needed assistance to reach her son’s car. Lewis, who had undergone spinal surgery, had been discharged from the hospital on the day before the incident. Qantas officials told her that it was against the airline’s policy to take wheelchairs from the terminal.

 

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3. PORTLAND, OREGON, AIRPORT UPDATE

 

Portland, OR, Airport has a full range of access features, including accessible restrooms by gates C3 and D2, wheelchair service and assistance for visually impaired people, accessible parking and disabled loading and unloading spaces, a traveler assistance program, a service dog relief area, text telephones (TTYs), visual paging and areas of rescue assistance in case of an emergency. The airport arranges the accompanying of passengers to and from the gate.

Learn more details at  http://www.flypdx.com/SpecialNeeds.aspx

 

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4. HONDURAS: BAY ISLANDS BEACH RESORT

 

Kudos to Bay Islands Beach Resort in Honduras for building accommodations with accessible designs in mind. The resort claims to exceed ADA standards. Its beachfront and beach guest rooms are ramped.

 

The resort is known for hosting disabled divers. To see resort photos and learn more about it, see http://www.bibr.com/accessibility.htm

 

Bay Islands Beach Resort

Sandy Bay, Roatan

Bay Islands, Honduras

Central America

Tel. 011-504-445-3020 (voice)

Fax. 011-504-445-3064

For additional information, write escape@bibr.com

 

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5. GRANADA, SPAIN ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Nigel Jackson of Granada, Spain, wrote to share the availability of his two new accessible properties in Granada, Andalucia, Spain.

 

Nigel writes:

 

I am the proud owner of two wheelchair accessible properties located in the Province of Granada, Andalucia, Spain.

 

Both properties are private and have their own accessible swimming pools. Both have accessible bathrooms, complete with wheel-in showers, and we provide an airport transfer service in our accessible VW Multivan.

 

One property is registered with the Andalucian Office of Tourism. At present, our website is under drastic revision but will soon be available in German, French, Spanish, Italian and English.

 

To learn more, visit their web sites: Cortijo la Loma (Granero) at

 

http://www.cortijolaloma.com/accommo.php
and
http://www.cortijolaloma.com/accommo_villa.php
 

Contact Nigel Davis at nigeljackson@cortijolaloma.com
 

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6. ARUBA ACCESS LINKS

 

Thanks to Enid. B.and Lolly H. for sending in this excellent access link to the Caribbean island of Aruba. From the range of accessible hotels and activities available, it appears to be an island paradise. http://www.aruba.com/pages/disability.htm

 

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