ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol II Number 12 (08-December-1999)

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


RANCHO VISTA MAR - A charming B&B, located a short 67 miles south of San
Diego in Mexico's lovely Baja California.  Rancho Vista Mar, has been
developed by a person with a disability. For his convenience, and that of
his guests, every effort has been made to provide accessibility. The Doors
have been widened, bathrooms have grab bars and roll-in showers. There are
concrete paths and ramps connecting the guestrooms and eating lodge.  Plus
the rooms are designed for wheelchair convenience.

The mountainside property front was leveled with bulldozers and 35 loads of
dirt which provides convenient wheelchair unloading. Did we tell you the
view is spectacular?  Even Captain Long John Silver with his peg leg or
Captain Hook would have been comfortable at Rancho Vista Mar.

For more information check out their Website at or email them at CHESHIRE@GETNET.COM


Traveling Companions is thrilled to offer their first-ever accessible
shared adventure rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, through a partnership
with OARS, the most experienced oar-powered company in the Canyon and
Outdoors Unlimited.

The trip runs April 14-28, 2000.  The price is $2,500, which includes
guides, equipment, and food, but does not include transportation.  Sliding
scale scholarships available to rafters with special needs.  Financial
support for this trip for people with special needs has been provided by
the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund.  Environmental Traveling Companions has
been offering outdoor adventures to people with special needs for over 27
years. This trip will fill fast.  Make your reservation soon.  Call
Jennifer Brick at (415) 474-7662, ext. 15.


WE'RE ACCESSIBLE - TRAVEL NEWS - Started in 1993 by Vancouver resident Lynn
Atkinson, "We're Accessible" was created to fill a gap in the Canadian
Travel industry.  Now produced by Ken and Penny Bartel of KPB Services,
this inexpensive, quarterly newsletter provides a unique Canadian
perspective on disability travel issues and remains the Only newsletter of
it's kind produced in Canada.

Penny has a background in adapted recreation, working 3 years with the
Disabled Sailing Association and currently with the Recreation Therapy
Department of an Extended Care Center.  Ken, who is quadriplegic, is
working in the travel and tourism industry as a Reservation Sales Agent.
They met while organizing a kayaking expedition to Costa Rica for people
with and without disabilities, three years ago.

Penny states, "We haven't made any large changes to the newsletter but have
plans for the coming year. We hope to have a web site up and running in the
new year, where subscribers and 'web surfers' can come and learn about
travel for the disabled around the world."  Further plans are to increase
our circulation across Canada, the USA and around the globe.

For a sample copy of We're Accessible or to subscribe contact: We're
Accessible,6187-175B Street, Surrey, BC V3S 4C1 Canada  604-576-5075
Tel/Fax  E-mail:  The cost of a one-year subscription
is for individuals ($15CDN), US$12.50; Business, Non-profit Organizations,
Groups $35.00, US$28.00

TRIOSCOPEe - They are the nationwide travel and transport information
service for people with mobility problems. They offer assistance with any
aspect of travel, whether planning journeys involving private motoring or
public transport and they will answer any of the whole range of
transport-related questions.

NY - EASY ACCESS EATERIES - This site is a guide of New York City's
accessible restaurants  The city with more restaurants per square mile than
any other in America is now a little bit easier for people with physical
disabilities to navigate.

SAILING AROUND THE WORLD - This site tells the story of Trevor Jones who
aims to be the first wheelchair user to sail around the world. His yacht
Inventure, a wing powered trimaran has been specially adapted for the
challenge. http//

Norwegian, but for their English speaking visitors they have translated
some of the most important facts.  Specifically you will find the
Accessibility Guide for Nordland, North-Norway and facts about their
organisation in English.

TENERIFE, ISLAS CANARIAS - This is an Accessibility Guide to both public
and private premises.  It has a database that covers a broad range of sites
from hotels to public buildings, from cultural and leisure centers to
sports facilities, from squares and gardens to beaches and country trails
and a lot more besides.

NEW ZEALAND ACCESS INFORMATION - This site provides a great deal of
information access and travel resources for travelers with disabilities
coming to New Zealand.

WILDERNESS ON WHEELS W.O.W. - This a nonprofit organization edicated to
bringing the outdoors experience to persons with disabilities.  The project
includes a boardwalk 8 feet wide and 4,200 feet long.  It starts along the
banks of a trout stream and it reaches for the top of a 12,300 foot

KEROUL - Over the past 20 years, Kéroul's mission has been to join the
tourist industry in making tourism accessible to persons with restricted
physical ability. The assist both the tourist industry and travelers with
disabilities.  The site is in English, French and Spanish.


                    NEW ON THE ACCESS-ABLE WEBSITE

FEATURED DESTINATIONS - Check out our new page which lists three past
destinations as well as the new destination.  The topic of this month's
page has become an annual feature for Access-Able. It is all about Adapted
Skiing and what the options are for either learning close to home or while
enjoying a winter vacation.

NEW TRAVEL TALE - New Zealand & Fiji  Read about one couples journey
through the cities and country.  They explored both the North and South
Island and didn't miss much. Find out about their experiences with
accessible accommodations and what attractions not to miss.


                        THE SEASON FOR SHARING
For many of us this time of year is one of giving and remembering those who
are less fortunate.  So I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about
a gift that many of you can give that will change a life.  Actually your
gift would be giving someone a life.

Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of wheelchairs are thrown
away and end up in landfills. Over 300,000 are retired into attics,
basements and back closets.

In many developing countries, if you can't walk by yourself, you must crawl
or be carried, living a life of confinement on the floor, in a bed, or a
back room.

The following organizations both have programs to get wheelchairs to people
in developing countries that need them.  Check them out and give a gift
that will change a life.

Wheels for Humanity
Wheels for the World


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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