ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol II Number 11 (08-November-1999)

Last Update: Monday, 29-May-2006 06:13:15 PDT



The Virginia guide is one of only three in the U.S., and contains more than
500 listings of attractions, hotel, restaurants and special services
required by traveler with disabilities.  Unlike most travel literature,
which uses standardized symbols for disability services, the Virginia
Travel Guide provides specific measurements and insight into special
services such as the availability of sign language interpreters or
references to hands-on exhibits for persons with visual impairments.
This is the fourth edition of the guide and was published by Cheryl & Bill
Duke, principals of The Opening Door, Inc.  The guide was funded through
the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and with grants from Dominion Resources,
Bell Atlantic, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Capitol One, Rappahannock
Regional Disability Services Board, Virginia's Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania
and Stafford, and Philip Morris U.S.A.

This 304-page guide is free and is available by calling toll-free
1-800-742-3935, or writing the Virginia Tourism Corporation at 901 East
Byrd Street, Richmond, VA 23219 TTD (804) 371-0327.



>From studying for a year in France to teaching English in China to
volunteering on conservation in Costa Rica to conducting research in
Zimbabwe, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange can provide
information on how people with disabilities can make these possibilities a

Established in 1995 as joint venture between the United States Information
Agency (USIA) and Mobility International USA (MIUSA), and funded by the
USIA, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), opens a
world of opportunities for people with disabilities in International
educational exchange programs worldwide.  NCDE is a collaborative effort
between MIUSA, USIA and 16 international exchange and disability-related

The NCDE strives to increase the participation of people with disabilities
in the full range of international exchange opportunities by providing free
information and referrals to individuals as well as disability-related
organizations about international opportunities.  In addition, it provides
international exchange organizations and colleges and universities,
practical how-to consulting and training on including people with
disabilities into their programs.

To obtain additional information on NCDE, you can go to MIUSA website at: and fill in an online request form. You can also learn
about financial aid opportunities and events NCDE is sponsoring on the
site.  You can also contact MIUSA at PO Box 10767, Eugene, OR 97440 or
541-343-1284 (v/tty) 541-343-6812 (fax).


The Society for the Advancement of Travelers with Handicaps will hold its
Fourth Annual World Congress at the Fort Lauderdale Airport Hilton in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida on January 12-16, 2000.  The main mission of the
Congress is to educate the travel and hospitality industry about the needs
of travelers with disabilities and the benefits to be derived from reaching
out to this large and dynamic, but still under served market.  At more than
20% of the American population, persons with disabilities are indeed our
largest minority, and one that will continue to grow in the new millennium,
in numbers and buying power.  The leading co-sponsor of the 2000 SATH World
Congress is ASTA-American Society of Travel Agents, which recognizes the
importance of this growing market to its members, many of whom will be in

Disability awareness, like the travel industry itself, is spreading rapidly
worldwide.  One of the most exciting aspects of the SATH World Congress
will again be the coming together of receptive tour operators from all over
the globe.  Over 25 countries are likely to be represented; some for the
first time like Egypt and Norway.  For specialists in accessible travel,
whether from North America or overseas, the World Congress provides a
unique opportunity to network and develop new business relationships, as
well as to catch up on the latest developments in the field.

Expert speakers, well-informed industry panels, updates from government
regulatory agencies, and workshops on all sorts of topics-from medical
needs to disability etiquette to hotel accessibility to the newest
wheelchair-friendly destinations-all go to make up the rich learning
experience of the Congress.  Once again, the Internet will be a hot topic,
with more and more detailed access information finding its way online and
more e-business being conducted.

Registration for the 2000 SATH World Congress is $199 per person.  SATH
members and members/associates of the Partnership in Awareness (AMEX, ASTA,
discounted rate of $179.  An "early bird" registration fee of $149 is
available to association members who register before September 30, 1999.
Students of the travel and hospitality industry and spouses of delegates
can participate in the 2000 SATH World Congress for only $99.

Complete details on the SATH 2000 World Congress, including preliminary
program and delegate and trade show registration forms; can be found on the
SATH web site (HOT) (  Or contact:

Susan Mydanick, Congress Coordinator
SATH World Congress
2200 West Commercial Blvd., Suite105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.
Tel. (954) 731-4600 / Fax. 731-5106

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The best selling series (over 40 million copies sold worldwide) is seeking
inspiring stories, anecdotes, poems, quotations, cartoons, and other
material for its forthcoming title, "Chicken Soup for the Outdoor Soul".

The range of outdoor activities includes everything from camping to
kayaking, backpacking to climbing, and scuba diving to whitewater rafting.
The list is long, the possibilities are boundless.

If you have a true story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit on
the topics of: It's All in the Attitude, Our Common Bond, Powerful Places,
Wild and Free, On Healing, Living Your Dream, Overcoming Obstacles,
Encountering Nature, A Matter of Perspective, On Love, Special Moments,
Making a Difference, On Children, and Nature's Wisdom, please email your
submission to:  For more details and their
complete guidelines, be sure to check out their website

They are also still accepting submissions for "Chicken Soup for the
Traveler's Soul" although that is much further along in the process.
Interested readers can check out their website


FEATURED DESTINATIONS - Due to popular demand we will be leaving each
featured destination report up for three months.  Like always there will be
a new destination covered each month, but it will just stay up there longer
to give more users an opportunity to view it.  This month's destination is
Houston, Texas and points including the Space Center and the gulf town of
Galveston.  You can check it out at


COMING SOON - Watch for several new Travel Tales that will be posted over
the next couple of months.  Also, if you have a trip, good, bad or ugly
that you would like to share with our users, just drop us an email at


TRAVELIN TALK - a global network of persons with disabilities who have
joined together and formed a unique family of friends around the world.
Check  it out at



Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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