GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME II, NUMBER 10, October 2001
Copyright © 2001, Global Access News

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Welcome to the October 2001 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. The September 11 terrorist attacks have clearly changed the process of travel forever. Consequently, disabled travelers can expect more rigorous procedures than ever before when it comes to flying. Here are a few things to consider before leaving home. New safety restrictions may limit curbside check in and require wheelchair users to arrive up to three hours before a flight. We can also expect additional scrutiny of any equipment we must take with us. Travel preparedness is a key ingredient for minimizing potential hassles. When packing, separate items guaranteed to be closely examined (such as wheelchair tools and parts) from the rest of your travel gear. Realize that we may no longer be allowed to take our wheelchairs as far as the plane’s door. This, of course, means surrendering the comfort of our own wheels for an uneasy, often rickety ride in an airport wheelchair. If you are traveling abroad, know the location and phone number of your country’s embassy or consulate. In the event of an emergency, they will be your main link to home. Carry the phone numbers of people closest to you. Continue traveling but be prepared for the many new changes designed to increase our safety.

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CONTENTS

1. HAWAIIAN BEACH ACCESS
2. CASA DE JACKIE, PORTUGAL
3. SEOUL, KOREA SUBWAY
4. AMITY BUNGALOWS, AUSTRALIA
5. LUXEMBOURG CITY PARKING
6. BARCELONA & PYRENEES TOUR
7. MAGICAL INDIA


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1. HAWAIIAN BEACH ACCESS

If you’re planning to visit Honolulu, Hawaii and want to know which beaches have all-terrain beach chairs available, check out Honolulu’s Department of Parks & Recreation website at http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/parks/programs/beach/

The site lists every location from Ala Moana to Kailua State Park that provides the Landeez All-Terrain Wheelchair for free.

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2. CASA DE JACKIE, PORTUGAL

The Algarve, Portugal is now more wheelchair accessible than ever, thanks to the new Casa da Jackie Care Club Hotel. According to Dr. Maria Alice Serrano e Silva Administrator, the hotel also offers medical and assistance services to visitors.
To learn more, visit www.casajackie.com
 
or write va.salvado@mail.telepac.pt

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3. SEOUL, KOREA SUBWAY

 
Seoul, Korea continues to expand its subway services for disabled people. The Seoul Metropolitan Subway Corporation has established a plan to expand and repair facilities for disabled users, including elevators, wheelchair lifts, and guiding blocks for visually impaired people in subway stations on Line 1 through 4. The implementation of this plan will be completed by 2005. The Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation is also planning to install guiding blocks and Braille pads on the stairs for the blind, and restroom and public phones for disabled people in all stations. Braille pointed pathways and safety tiles on platforms to prevent falling from the platform have been constructed and expanded. For an overview of the upgrades, visit http://www.seoulsubway.co.kr/english_subway/e_subway05.htm

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4. AMITY BUNGALOWS, AUSTRALIA

Amity Bungalows of Queensland, Australia
has much to offer disabled visitors at its location on North Stradbroke Island, where the rainforest meets the sea. Amity’s thatched roof bungalows are set on two acres of waterfront with a private jetty for fishing and diving. Dolphins swim past daily and koalas are visible in the trees. The bungalows are located on one of the largest sand islands in the world, with miles of unspoiled beaches. North Stradbroke Island is just one hour from Brisbane. Freedom Wheels Rentals have teamed up with the bungalows to offer disabled guests the use of one of their specialized disabled vehicles. The package includes a three-night stay at the bungalows. For full details, visit Amity Bungalow’s website at http://www.amitybungalows.com.au/

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5. LUXEMBOURG CITY PARKING


Now available on the Internet: a disabled car parking map for Luxembourg City. Click the online map for enlarged views of the city. http://www.luxembourg.co.uk/pics/disabledparking.gif

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6. BARCELONA & PYRENEES TOUR

This September, Shlomit and Boaz Grossman, of Israel, were charmed with the art and beauty of Spain’s Barcelona and the Pyrenees. Boaz, who is a paraplegic, found easy rolling in Barcelona and excellent access throughout Pamplona, Ainsa, Zaragoza and Bilbau. Share their adventure at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/barcelonapyrenees01.htm

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7. INDIA 2001

Ingrid and Lieven Vandoorne, of Belgium, recently discovered a marvelous new travel service that enabled them to explore the many wonders of ancient India. Come along as they visit Delhi, Agra and the Taj Majal.
http://www.globalaccessnews.com/india01.htm

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Thanks for sharing!

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