GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME III, NUMBER 9, September 2002
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Welcome to the September 2002 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. BOOM TIMES FOR ATHENS ACCESS
2. ACCESSIBLE YACHTING
3. NETHERLANDS CAMPING
4. ENGLAND: HIDELOW COTTAGES
5. NEW SYDNEY GUIDE
6. ACCESSIBLE CAMPING 2002

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1. BOOM TIMES FOR ATHENS ACCESS


The upcoming 2004 Olympics and Special Olympics may be the best things that happened for disabled residents and visitors to Athens, Greece. While the rocky terrain, crooked streets and narrow passageways of the city are still far from perfectly wheelchair friendly, the movement is on to provide lowered-floor buses and access to many of the major sites and lodging in time for these world-class events. The disabled community of Greece is spearheading the transition. Stay tuned to the progress at the website of Greece for Physically Handicapped at http://www.greecetravel.com/handicapped/

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2. NETHERLANDS CAMPING

Camping De Ruimte in Dronten, the Netherlands, wrote to share the news about their 100% accessible camp. All the buildings in the three-year old facility were designed with wheelchair users in mind. The camp includes private bathrooms with chair, toilet and alarm, and six toilets for wheelchair users. Everything in the camp shop can reportedly be reached from a wheelchair. At the moment, the site is only in Dutch, but if you have specific questions regarding the camp and require a response in English, write info@campingderuimte.nl Photos of the camp at http://www.campingderuimte.nl/ provide a hint of what this camp has to offer.

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3. ACCESSIBLE YACHTING


If you’d like to cruise the Caribbean in accessible style, consider the Stardust Accessible Yacht Charter out of St. Thomas, U.S., Virgin Islands. The yacht, which was previously owned by a wheelchair user, is loaded with accessible features. The Master Suite, with its king-sized bed and multitude of amenities, can be accessed via a chairlift. An open-air elevator easily lifts you to the flybridge level, which is complete with a wet bar, a barbeque and seating for eight. The ensuite master head, designed to accommodate a wheelchair, includes a Jacuzzi tub. To view photos and discover the world of accessible yachting, contact Jill Mara of In the Wild Adventures at jill@inthewild.org

or visit http://www.inthewild.org/stardusthandicap.htm

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4. ENGLAND: HIDELOW COTTAGES

If a cottage in a quiet English village near the Cotswolds is more up your travel alley, check out Hidelow House Cottages. These former 17th and 18th Century stone and half-timbered farm buildings were remodeled to include comfy poster beds and central heating. One of the five cottages is wheelchair accessible. To learn more about these cottages, located about 2˝ hours from London/Manchester, visit http://www.ukcottage.com/heart-of-england/hidelow-cottages.htm

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5. NEW SYDNEY GUIDE


The new Access Sydney guide is now available from the Australian Quadriplegic Association for $24 Au. The guide, containing almost 1,000 facilities, includes accommodations from five-star hotels to hostels, restaurants and cafes for every budget, theatres and cinemas; sports and leisure facilities, cultural, historic, scenic and tourist venues, shops and more. Detailed transportation information and lists of helpful organizations are also included. For additional information, write information@aqa.org.au

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6. ACCESSIBLE CAMPING 2002


While many disabled travelers may shun the world of camping as far too challenging, there are more opportunities than ever for every level of disability to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. To discover some of the many possibilities, visit http://www.globalaccessnews.com/accessiblecamping02.htm

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