GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME IX, NUMBER 9, September 2008

Copyright © 2008, 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 of this zine. However, web sites and e-mail addresses change frequently, so changes may have occurred after the above date.

 

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Welcome to the September 2008 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel tips and experiences.

 

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CONTENTS

 

1. FREE2WHEEL DELHI

2. ITALY: AGRITURISMO LA MERIDIANA

3. ACCESSIBLE OTTAWA

4. CANADA: ROCKY POINT BED & BREAKFAST

5. PORTLAND, OREGON ACCESS

6. ACCESS TO AFRICA

 

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1. FREE2WHEEL DELHI

 

Global Access News thanks Scott Rains, who heads Rolling Rains.com, for alerting us to the Free2Wheel Delhi Travel Guide for Tourists with Disabilities. Itís heartening to learn that more world cities are waking up to that reality that disabled people want to experience their cultureóif access is available. Whether itís accessible accommodations, dining, sightseeing, or shopping, youíll find useful links at
http://www.free2wheel.co.in/

 

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2. ABRUZZO, ITALY: AGRITURISMO LA MERIDIANA

 

Francesco Alberti sent word that his accessible reconstructed farm house Agriturismo La Meridiana is now available for disabled visitors. Located in Abruzzo, Italy, 15 minutes from the sea and the mountains, his accommodations are surrounded by a big garden and luxuriant fields.

 

According to Alberti, the access to apartment is easy to navigate. Check out the photos to determine if his accommodations suits your needs at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/agriturismo_la_meridiana.htm or write Francesco Alberti at info@agriturismolameridiana.it

Additional photos of this agriturismo may be viewed on their web site at http://www.agriturismolameridiana.it/eng/index.asp?root=index&sct=
 

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3. ACCESSIBLE OTTAWA


Nataliya Korovkina
announced the new web site detailing services for disabled residents and visitors to Ottawa, Canada. Their site provides links to accessible accommodations, tours, taxis, mobility rentals and more.

http://www.accessibleottawa.ca/pages/home.html

 

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4. CANADA: ROCKY POINT BED & BREAKFAST

Audrey & Yvon Turgeon, of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, built their wheelchair accessible suite at Rocky Point on Vancouver Island by using the American Disabilities Act guidelines in conjunction with the Canadian Access guide.

Disabled visitors to their B&B can enjoy a spacious suite, complete with a wheel-in shower and a host of accessible amenities.

For photos and a more detailed description of this accessible B&B, visit http://www.globalaccessnews.com/rockypoint.htm

To learn more about Rocky Point view their web site at http://www.rockypoint.bc.ca/ or contact Audrey & Yvon Turgeon at yvonturgeon@telus.net

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 5. PORTLAND, OREGON ACCESS

 Access news from the U.S. Pacific Northwest region includes, ďWhereís Lulu,Ē a new site dedicated to disabled access in Portland, Oregon. The site provides a forum where readers can post their own access insights on local businesses and services. To learn more, visit http://www.whereslulu.com/

 

Diane Brown, of Victoria, B.C. recently visited Portland, Oregon as well and shares the following airport experience:

 

Now I have had another adventure that included a cop at Portland International Airport.  Ever intrepid, I was attempting to get to my airport hotel by myself with scooter and small bag.  I was turned back by my friend the policeman and told Iíd have to call a shuttle van.  Perhaps I was overreacting, but I was really pissed off at this curb on my independence.  Plus the same guy (riding a bicycle inside the terminal!) stopped me the next day and questioned me about where I was going.  I do think he was trying to protect my safety, but in the meanwhile he was leaving me without the ability to get there on my own.  Portland says itís interested in green, but I had to call a van to come and collect me and my electric scooter.

Anyhow, I wrote and protested all this to the City of Portland. I fear my message has been passed around to just about every official in the entire city.  So far I think Iíve had about five detailed responses, including one from someone in the mayorís office.

This evening I heard from the Port of Portland.  This time it is explained to me that there is a way to do it, something the policeman didnít inform me about.  Here is the information he sent me:

 

For a map showing the airport's multiuse path, please visit http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=181862

and you'll see the airport and the NW Marine Drive path I mentioned above. (The new connecting path has not been added to the map yet.) This information plus additional bicycle route maps can be accessed via the City of Portland, Office of Transportation's website: http://www.trans.ci.portland.or.us Click on "Getting Around Portland", "Maps" and "Bicycle Maps."

 

Apparently bike paths are the intended conduit for mobility scooters, not something I would naturally have assumed.  I hope this will be of help to other intrepid souls who take on PDX. If they see the cop, tell them to give him my regards. 

As as aside, I could add that I rode Portland`s light-rail system MAX easily the first time.  The ticket machines are a little tricky, but the train itself was a cinch to use, even for a non-resident like me!

 

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6. ACCESS TO AFRICA

 

Jennae and JJ Bezuidenhout are now offering wheelchair accessible tours of the Kwazulu Natal, Durban and Kingdom of Zululand regions of Africa. To learn more regarding their tours and services, visit

http://www.access2africasafaris.co.za/

 

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