Spain:
XV.   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

 

Access-Able Travel Source, www.access-able.com has useful general information about traveling in a wheelchair, and articles and links about travel to a variety of destinations. 

 

Global Access Disabled Travel Network
http://www.globalaccessnews.com has useful general information about traveling in a wheelchair, and articles and links about travel to a variety of destinations. 

 

Mobility International USA (MIUSA), focuses primarily on exchange, work/study and community service programs for disabled students but can provide useful accessible travel information for its members.  They were helpful to us.  Phone 541-343-1284; fax 541-343-6812.  www.miusa.org; info@miusa.org.

 

The European Union has produced country-specific disability travel guides in English, including one about Spain.  Finding it may require some searching, and it is not updated frequently, but it is a useful starting point for research.  http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/services

 

Federació ECOM, a Spanish organization based in Barcelona, has a website with information about access in Barcelona and will answer specific questions. They were helpful to us.  Phone 011-34-934-515-550; fax 011-34-934-516-904.  www.ecom.es  ecom@ecom.es

 

For information about access in Granada, Seville and Cordoba: Confederacion Andaluza de Minusvalidos Fisicos (CAMF).  Phone 011-34-954-330-311; fax 011-34-954-330-210.   central@camf.org

 

For information about access in Toledo:  COCEMFE Toledo.  Phone 011-34-925-285-275; fax 011-34-925-285-276.

 

For information about access in Madrid:  Federacion Minusvalidos Fisicos de la Comunidad de Madrid  (FAMMA).  They were helpful to us.  The information is in Spanish only.  Phone 011-34-915-933-550;  fax 011-34-915-939-243. www.famma.org; famma@famma.org; asuntossociales@famma.org.

 

La ONCE is the main Spanish organization serving blind and visually impaired people.  Throughout Spain you will encounter ONCE workers and volunteers selling lottery tickets.  Fundación ONCE, a related organization, can provide information and assistance re other disabilities.  La ONCE.  José Ortega y Gasset 22-24, 4th Floor, 28006 Madrid.  www.once.es; soi@once.es
 

Agencia Espanola de Turismo para Personas con Discapacidad has a website (in Spanish only) with tourist information and technical information about access.  We don’t know whether it is a non-profit or for-profit organization.  Calle Alcornoque, 1; 41009-Sevilla. www.valinet.org; pims@valinet.org aetpd@valinet.org.

 

            For information about accessible apartment rental in various places in Spain, see www.choosespain.com.  This for-profit website has information about renting and buying property in general, and includes a section on properties the company considers accessible.
 

APPENDIX A

Hotel Wheelchair Access Questionnaire

  

Dear Sir/Madam:

 

I am sorry this letter is not in Spanish, but I don’t understand Spanish.  My wife and I will arrive in [         ] on [            ] and depart on [           ]. We will stay for [       ] nights.

 

I use an electric wheelchair that is [[  ] centimeters ([  ] inches)] wide.  I am unable to walk at all.   My wife is not disabled.  We would like a non-smoking room with one large bed.  We have the following questions about your hotel:

 

1.      Do you have any specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms?  If not, please disregard the other questions.  Thank you and we would appreciate a recommendation of hotel in the area that does have specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms.

 

If you do have specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms, we have the following questions.  Please answer even if you are fully booked for the requested time, because we are interested in your hotel for the future.

 

1.      Is it necessary to go up or down any stairs in order to get from the street entrance to the guest room?  Does the building have an elevator?  If so, how wide is the elevator door and what are the interior dimensions of the elevator?  

2.      In the bathroom, is there space for a [   ] cm wide wheelchair on one side of the toilet? What is the width of the doorway into the bathroom?  What is the height of the toilet?  What is the size of the shower?  Can a wheelchair roll into the shower?  Are there grab bars near the toilet and shower?

3.      Are all the doorways in the room at least 75 cm wide?

4.      What is the size of the room?  Does this include the bathroom?

5.      Was the building renovated recently? 

 

            If you do have specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms, is the room available on the nights mentioned above?  If yes, please quote a price. 

 

Thank you very much.  We can be reached at [                    ].   We really appreciate any help you can provide.

 

Very Truly Yours
 

APPENDIX B

 Metric Conversion Guide

 

One inch = 2.54 centimeters. 

One centimeter = 0.3937 inches

One meter = 39.4 inches

One square meter = 10.76 square feet

One kilometer = 0.62 miles

One mile = 1.61 kilometers

One kilogram = 2.2 pounds

One pound = 0.454 kilograms  (454 grams)

One liter = 0.264 gallons

One gallon = 3.785 liters

 

 APPENDIX C 

English-To-Spanish Dictionary Of Disability Access

Words And Phrases

 by Lucy Arevalo

 

 

disabled -  minusvalido

I am disabled – Yo soy minusvalido

I am unable to walk – Yo no puedo caminar

wheelchair -  silla de ruedas

I use a wheelchair – Yo uso silla de ruedas

I use an electric wheelchair – Yo uso una silla de ruedas eléctrica

electricity -  electricidad

wheel – rueda

battery – bateria

tire – neumático or llanta

my wheelchair needs to be repaired –  mi silla de ruedas necesita ser reparada

transfer board -  tabla para transferir

ramp – rampa

Is there a ramp? - Tiene una rampa? 

stairs – gradas or escaleras

Are there stairs? -  Tienen gradas?
How many stairs are there? -  Cuántas gradas tienen?
elevator – elevador

Is there an elevator? – Tienen elevador?

Is it necessary to climb any steps to get to the elevator? – 

            Hay necesidad de subir gradas para llegar al elevador?

What is the size of the elevator?- De qué tamaño es el elevador?

What is the width of the doorway? –  Cuánto mide de ancho la puerta?

What is the height of the bed? -  Cuánto mide de alto la cama?
up -  arriba or suba
down - abajo or baje
roll-in shower - regadera [or ducha] adaptado para silla de ruedas

wheelchair accessible bathroom -  baño adaptado para silla de ruedas

grab bars – barras para sujetarse

Is the bathroom wheelchair accessible? –  Está el baño adaptado para silla de ruedas?

Does the bathroom have a roll-in shower? –  Está el regadera [or ducha] adaptado para    silla de ruedas?

Are there grab bars in the bathroom? –  Tiene el baño barras para sujetarse?

Is the bus wheelchair accessible? –  Está el autobus adaptado para silla de ruedas?

Is the train wheelchair accessible? –  Está el tren adaptado para silla de ruedas?

Is the van/minivan wheelchair accessible? –  Está la van/microbus adaptado para silla de ruedas?

Does the van/minivan have a ramp? –  Tiene la van/microbus una rampa?

Does the van/minivan have a lift? – 

            Tiene la van/microbus un levantador o rampa levadiza?

 

The elevator/ramp/lift is broken –

            El elevador esta quebrado

            La rampa esta quebrada

            El levantador or rampa levadiza esta quebrada

 

How far is it from [    ] to [    ]? -  Qué distancia hay entre (   ) y (   )?

 

Blind –  ciego

I am blind – Yo soy ciego

Braille –  Braile

guide dog – perro guia

 

deaf – sordo

I am deaf – Yo soy sordo

hearing impaired – persona con impedimento auditivo/ persona con impedimento para oir

I am hearing impaired – Yo tengo impedimento para oir

sign language –  lenguaje en señas
sign language interpreter – intérprete de lenguaje en señas

 

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