ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol III Number 01 (10-January-2000)

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



Sydney's most up-to-date guide book for people who are less mobile.  It
serves as a useful reference tool for anyone who uses a wheelchair, as well
as the elderly & those with strollers. The guide has surveyed Sydney's most
popular tourist areas including Manly beach through to the city center,
North Sydney and Bondi beach, giving maps and accessibility information on:

 Transport networks and taxis
 Outdoor activities
 Tourist attractions
 Shopping centers
 Car parks.

Accessibility depends on an individual's level of physical ability.
References to accessible' in this guide implies a level or ramped entrance,
unless otherwise stated (the dimensions of ramps etc are not intended to
follow the AS 1428 standards).

Why ring ahead first to find out accessibility issues for different venues
in & around Sydney?  "A Wheely Good Access Guide To Sydney" holds the
answers to many questions on accessibility issues, in a very EASY TO USE
and EASY TO READ format.

10% of the profits will be donated to the Spinal Unit at Royal North Shore
Hospital in Sydney for spinal research.  Helping to make a contribution to
the research behind repairing spinal injuries!  For more information
contact Megan Harper: Email:, Mobile +61 4 1721 7393,
Fax +61 2-9427 8820 or to purchase a copy send check to Megan Harper, PO
Box 1755, LANE COVE NSW 2066. Price: $19.95 (+$2.50 P&H) Australian


                       NEW WEB DIRECTORY IDENTIFIES
                      'DISABILITY-FRIENDLY' AIRLINES

Founder of Everybody's Hotel Directory (, Jonathan
Kaye, has announced the launch of what is believed to be the first truly
'disability-friendly' world airline directory.

Everybody's Airline Directory, which has been incorporated into the hotel
directory site.  It lists all the world's major airlines (that responded)
together with information summarizing each airline's procedures and
regulations for handling the global concerns of people with disabilities
when flying.

Issues covered include carriage of wheelchairs, carriage of guide/service
dogs, ability to provide oxygen, boarding procedures, seating arrangements,
and their ability to provide for special dietary requirements.  It also
indicates if cabin crew has had disability training, whether or not medical
clearance is required and the availability of emergency procedures in
different formats such as Braille or large print.

The commercially based directory, like its sister UK hotel directory, is
aimed not only at the estimated 75m+ travelers with disabilities worldwide
year, their friends, families and carers, but for anyone including travel
agents and tour operators who are known to need such information.

In November, Everybody's Hotel Directory itself is estimated to have become
the most used UK disability-friendly hotel listing. Launched in January
1999, it lists over 2000 mainstream hotels all assessed as having both
accommodation and a restaurant that are disability-friendly. The site
currently receives around 30,000 hits a month and has won a "Best of the
European Web" Award from Europe Online.   Check it out at

               Fresh Air Accessible Transportation Service
           Now it's a breeze to go anywhere, anytime, nationwide

For the first time people with physical disabilities anywhere in the U.S.
can get ground transportation wherever they need to go, whenever they need
to get there, by making one single phone call to Fresh Air Accessible
Transportation Service.

Now it is easier to travel from city to city or to anywhere in your own
community. Just pick up the phone and call 1-888-660-2233. Each van is
specially equipped to meet your special needs. All drivers are trained to
serve you like a chauffeur and butler all rolled into one. That's why
They'll remain with you as long as necessary.    24-hours a day, 365 days
they're ready to pick you up and get you where you want to go. The have
locations throughout the U.S.  For information regarding cities served and
rates call: 1-888-660-2233




If a visit to India has been in your dreams, but you thought it was not
ossible think again.  TravelAbility, an UK travel agency, has put together
a guided tour that is hard to beat.

Your tour will start in Delhi and you will spend six days exploring the
area known as the Golden Triangle including Agra the home of the Taj Mahal.
 Plus Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri - a cultural and imperial capital conceived
and built by Emperor Akbar.  Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is the only
city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through
nine rectangular sectors subdividing it.

Next you will fly to Bangalore and then on to Mangalore to start the 5 day
Summer Sands portion of your trip.  Located in one of India's most
unspoiled and exotic areas, Summer Sands Resort has a host of facilities to
make your stay enjoyable.  Accommodations that are air conditioned and
accessible bungalows with roll-in showers are set amidst palm trees just
moments from unspoiled sun bleached beaches.

This trip is designed for small groups from two to eight persons. You will
travel by air conditioned minibus for Golden Triangle and one will be
available through out your stay at Summer Sands  Plus services of
driver/helper and tour guide throughout.  Flexible dates.  For itinerary
and contact information check out this months Access-Able "What's News
Page" at

                 HAWAII GUIDED TOUR APRIL 25 - MAY 3, 2000

This is one of the few accessible guided tours offered to this island
paradise.  This program has been designed for travelers with disabilities,
their family members and friends who may wish to participate in this tour.
The program has been carefully crafted to provide a rich educational
experience unavailable on regularly scheduled trips. This program offers
many unique opportunities for relaxation and socialization.  It will be
limited to 16 participants. For itinerary and contact information check out
this months Access-Able "What's News Page" at

                HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND TOUR - May 04-14, 2000

This 10-day tour begins in Dublin, with stays in Limerick, Killarney and
Cork, and finishes up back in Dublin, with a gala dinner and Irish Cabaret
on the last evening.

Touring includes highlights of Dublin on a city tour, a visit to the
Jameson Whiskey Distillery, for a fascinating look at how this traditional
Irish drink is made, including a tasting. Other visits include Bunratty
Castle and Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren; Dingle Peninsula,
the Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Cork and Cobh, with a visit to the wonderful
heritage center, and a evening in a traditional Irish pub in Killarney,
with Irish music and plenty of Guinness available!

This promises to be a very special experience, and space is limited. For
itinerary details and contact information check out this months Access-Able
"What's News Page" at


OLD FRIENDS NEW WEBSITE - (The Handicapped Travel Club, Inc., formed 26
years ago to encourage RV traveling by people with a wide range of
disabilities is proud to announce their newly launched website.  The HTC
encourages handicapped people to travel, to meet and to share information
on making recreational vehicles accessible for the disabled. Fun and
fellowship" is their motto.  Check it out at


FEATURED DESTINATION - This month we are featuring the land down under,
Australia.  The upcoming Olympics and Paralympics has sparked a great deal
of interest in this diverse and accessible destination. The Commonwealth of
Australia is made up of six states and two territories, which combined make
it the smallest continent in the world but the sixth largest country.  Find
out where to stay, what to see and how to get around.  Check it out at


NEW TRAVEL TALES - Be sure to check out the new travel tales.  The first is
about barging along the canals in France.  Written by Mary Sagerson, who is
a wheelchair user, it describes life on a barge in France.  She talks about
the access and about stopping in villages along the way to shop or just
dine at local restaurants.  The second new Travel Tale is about a trip to
the Caymans Islands taken by Jane Danielson who is a free lance writer.
Jane uses both a wheelchair and cane.  She talks about the access and how
to over come some of the obstacles.  Check them out at


     Visit the Travelin' Talk Network where friends help friends

Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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