GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME VII, NUMBER 9, September 2006
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Welcome to the September 2006 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

 

CONTENTS

 

1. SAN FRANCISCO EXPLORATORIUM

2. MILAN, ITALY: WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

3. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY ACCESS

4. BEIJING, CHINA ACCESS TOURS

5. DUBLIN, IRELAND ACCESS

6. MOSCOW & ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA


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1. SAN FRANCISCO, CA EXPLORATORIUM


Before visiting any museum, itís a good policy to check their access first. Quite often that means hunting through their web site in search of more details than the mere promise of an accessible entrance. San Franciscoís Exploratorium deserves an acknowledgement for designating an entire web page solely devoted to detailing the museumís many accessible amenities. Check it out at http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/disabled_access.html

 
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2. MILAN, ITALY: WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
 

It was refreshing to see wheelchair access addressed in the popular travel web site the Trip Advisor.  Check out the following link to an excellent commentary on various wheelchair accessible sites in Milan, Italy.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187849-c3859/Milan:Italy:Wheelchair.Access.html

 

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3. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY ACCESS

 

While somewhat off the average travel circuit for disabled travelers, Budapest, Hungary is making some small gains in accommodating wheelies. The TalkingCities web site deserves kudos for providing some access nuggets, including helpful links to accessible accommodations and the National Association of People with Mobility Impairments, where disabled travelers may send additional access queries. Visit

http://www.talkingcities.co.uk/budapest_pages/essentials_df.htm

 

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4. BEIJING, CHINA ACCESS TOURS

 

Far from an easy destination for wheelchair users, Beijing, China does not widely trumpet its accessible features, but the upcoming 2008 Olympics may change that. It was encouraging to learn that Beijing Xinhua International Tours is now offering accessible day tours of that city and other parts of China. Choices include an accessible day tour to the Great Wall where wheelies can use a cable car to gain a birdís eye view, a day tour of Beijingís historic hutongís (lanes) and a ďmake friends in BeijingĒ day tour where disabled travelers have the opportunity to meet disabled Chinese people.

 

Because every disabled person has specific access needs, we urge travelers to exercise extreme caution before booking.  Act cautiously by verifying the level of access each tour provides. Learn more about their tours at http://tour-beijing.com/disability_travel/

 

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5. DUBLIN, IRELAND ACCESS

 

With Dublinís Official Tourist Office web site coming onboard with a database of accessible accommodations in every price range, disabled travelers now have a better chance than ever to locate the accommodations and services they need. Learn more at  http://www.visitdublin.com/disabled/

 

If youíre seeking accommodation in other parts of Ireland, youíll find a full range at Access Ireland Infoís web site at http://www.accessireland.info/

 

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6. MOSCOW & ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

 

Pat Alzobaie recently traveled from Morelia, Mexico to Moscow, Russia with an able-bodied friend. In Moscow, two good friends showed them what little was accessible in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. Share their journey at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/russia06.htm

 

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