ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol III Number 07 (07-July-2000)

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

VOLUME 3   NUMBER 7  (July)

                             NEWS FROM ISRAEL

NEW WEB SITE - There is a new website that is providing access information
and travel resources about Israel.  This site is being updated with
information on 100 new entries every week, from different locations all
around Israel.  Travel, Culture, Shopping, Civil service & more are
included.  The organization that has put this site together is planning to
survey more then 2500 locations a year.  They have a professional, trained
disabled staff doing the surveys.  Check it out at


A FEW SPACES LEFT - Tourism for People with Special Needs -Israel  has a
few spaces left on a group-guided tour to Israel specially tailored for
people with walking limitations and those that use wheelchairs. The tour is
escorted by an American expert escort and will be guided by an English
speaking Israeli certified tour guide with a lot of experience guiding
tours with people that are using wheelchairs. The tour will start September
4, for 13 nights, 2450US$ per person Dbl. Ocu. Land only. For more
information contact Tourism for People with Special Needs at


ABILITIES EXPOS - The next two shows will be the Chicago Metro Show held at
the Rosemont Convention Center August 11-13. 2000.   The other, the
Washington, D.C. Metro Show held at the Capital Expo Center - Chantilly, VA
September 22-24, 2000.  Access-Able will be putting on Travel Workshops
each day of the shows.  The workshops are sponsored by Continental Airline.
 If you would like free tickets to either show just drop me a line at  Tell me which show, how many tickets you want and
where to send them.  For more information about the Abilities Expos check
out their web site at


                    "LUVIN' CARE WITH EVERY FARE"

Run by Allan and Shona Armstrong "Accessible Kiwi Tours" is an unique New
Zealand Tour Company.  Their business caters to all people including those
with disabilities and elderly folk.  You can choose from a variety of fixed
itineraries ranging in length from a week to ten days.   Itineraries can be
varied, adapted, combined, mixed and matched in many ways, to suite any
circumstance. There are several international airports that you can arrive
at and depart from.

Go almost anywhere and do almost anything you want. Perhaps you've had a
yen to go to some out of the way destination. They can take you far from
the busy tourist resorts to the quietest back-blocks, almost anywhere in
New Zealand.

Their tours are as adventurous or as quiet as you want them to be.
Deep-sea fishing, jet boating, bush walks, scenic flights and white water
rafting are just some of the activities available. These things do not have
to be restricted just to the young and able.

Accessible Kiwi Tours is not bound by tight itineraries or time schedules.
They are in the holiday business. When you arrive at your designation, they
want you to feel relaxed and happy. They provide customized tours for
people with varying degrees of disability. Spinal injury victims, MD, MS
and other physical or sensory disabilities, visually impaired, deaf, as
well as elderly folk, even those requiring full and comprehensive care are
no strangers to them. Whatever the situation, they can easily and happily
cope with it. Their drivers are trained to assist with any situation or
possibility. You may wish to bring your own caregiver, or they can provide
nursing care. Their specially adapted vehicles have excellent viewing from
all seating positions and provide the utmost in comfort including tea and
coffee making facilities. They often enjoy a picnic lunch in some scenic
spot in preference to a cafe', the choice is yours.

Accommodation is in Motels and Hotels, picked with you in mind, selected
for the quality of their service, pleasant surroundings and accessibility.
Their custom and fixed itinerary tours have three price ranges:

ECONOMY - includes Vehicle and driver, budget accommodation, you being
          responsible for purchasing or preparing meals. (Cooking facilities
          available in most accommodation).

STANDARD - includes a total package accommodation and meals.

DELUXE - includes Premium accommodation, meals, specified attractions, plus
         extra guide/escort or nurse.

No matter what price range you choose there is thing in common to all of
their tours and that is "Lovin' Care With Every Fare".

If you are traveling alone or would rather travel with a group, Accessible
Kiwi Tours will be offering several group tours for their summer season
November through February.  Contact Allan and Shona for dates and details
at: Accessible Kiwi Tours, East Coast Highway, P.O. Box 550, Opotiki, New
Zealand. Phone: 64 7 315 6988  Fax: 64 7 315 5056 Mobile: 025 964 683 Web
Site:  Email:


Smooth Ride Guides - Freewheeling Made Easy - is a series of comprehensive
guides for travelers in wheelchairs.  The third guide in this indispensable
series, Smooth Rides to the United Kingdom, funded through a National
Lottery Charities Board grant, will be released on 19 June 2000.

No access guide has ever before included under one roof the multitude of
accommodations (hotels, bed & breakfast and self-catering), attractions,
leisure, sporting and transport facilities which are available to people
with mobility difficulties and wheelchair travelers.  Full access details
given for all entries.

The Smooth Ride Guide to the United Kingdom edition is 430 pages, pocket
sized, soft back with full color illustrations.  It costs 9.95 including
postage and packing and is available from Smooth Ride Guides, Duck Street
Barns, Furneux Pelham, Herts SG9 0LA.  Phone: ++1279 777966 and leading
booksellers (Waterstone's Dillon's, on land and on-line.


                  WHERE IN EUROPE DO YOU WANT TO GO?

Promotours, a German based tour company can help you plan your next trip
abroad.  They will pick you up at any of the following airports: Amsterdam,
Bruxelles, Cologne/Bonn, Francfort, Luxembourg or Paris.  They can be your
chauffeurs, your bodyguards, your Secretary's office, your domestics, your
paramedics or your Nurses.  No matter what your needs are they can handle
it.  They have researched access throughout Europe and can arrange
accessible accommodations, sightseeing or locations for an accessible
business meeting. Just tell them where to you want to go and they can put
it together.  Whether you want to visit France, the Scandinavian countries,
the Alps, or the southern regions of Spain or Italy. The only problem you
might face when you put yourself in Promotours' hands is decided what part
of Europe you want to explore.

Their varied accessible transportation options allow them to provide
service to any size group from couples with a single wheelchair to families
or small groups right up to full size group tours that can accommodate up
to 15 wheelchairs.  They also are experienced with planning trips and
guided travelers with sensory disabilities or requiring oxygen.

If you are traveling alone or prefer group travel, they also offer a
variety of group tours with set itineraries that you can join.

For more information, to plan a trip or to find out what group tours are
available contact Michelle Schauf, Promotours, Schulweg 1 - D 54531
Meerfeld, Germany  Phone: +49 6572 2391  Fax:  +49 6572 929079 Email:


                     CAPE COD BED AND BREAKFAST

Historic Liberty Hill Inn, built by shipwrights in 1825, provides guests
with a quiet place to get away and relax.  The inn has nine guestrooms.
Each room is decorated uniquely and with its own special options to reflect
the wealth of its former whaling ship owner, Ezekiel Hallet.  Some rooms
offer private entrances and fireplaces while others offer sitting rooms and
garden view.

Elizabeth's Garden is the one accessible room at the inn.  It is located
beside the flower garden.   This first floor room has a queen size bed, a
sleeper sofa and a corner fireplace.  The room and bathroom are fully
accessible.  Special amenities in the bathroom include a shower with no
threshold and a seat, a raised toilet seat and special sink fixtures.

Activities such as golf, the beach, sightseeing, Cape Cod crafts, whale
watching, antique shopping, biking or hiking the nature trails are sure to
keep guests of Liberty Hill Inn as busy as they want.

For more information, contact John and Ann Cartwright at Liberty Hill Inn
Bed and Breakfast, 77 Main Street (Route 6A), Yarmouth Port, Ma 02675 or
call 1-800-821-3977.  The email address is



Have you considered going by train for your next trip.  Well you might be
pleasantly surprised.  Amtrak has worked hard to provide access to
travelers with disabilities.  Most Amtrak stations are accessible and all
trains have at least one car with seating for one or two wheelchairs and an
accessible restroom.  On trains that have sleeper coaches, each car has one
compartment that is accessible and has an accessible private bath.   There
are two styles of sleeper cars so specifics of individual compartments will
vary depending on the equipment used on a particular route.  This
information is available from reservations.  Although wheelchair users
cannot freely move between the cars, meals will be delivered to the passenger.

Service dogs are welcome and the use of oxygen while on board can be
arranged.  To find out more about the services that they provide to
passengers with disabilities contact Amtrak at 800-872-7245 to request
their booklet "Access Amtrak".  You can also view it on their website at


TRAVELIN' TALK NETWORK Access-Able is pleased to announce the addition of
10% discount offer at all Microtel Inns and Suites to the growing list of
benefits that Travelin Talk members receive. Microtel Inn & Suites and its
parent company, Atlanta -based US Franchise Systems (USFS) is a chain of
hotels with an eye to becoming the destination of choice for the millions
of people with disabilities who travel each year. Mike Leven, President and
CEO says, " Because our hotels are newly constructed, we are in the unique
position to truly serve the needs of these travelers."  The construction of
new buildings is matched by providing employees, system-wide, with Opening
Doors  training, a customer service education program that provides
employees with the skills to serve guests with disabilities.

The Travelin' Talk network is a global network of persons with disabilities
that have joined together to assist each other with access information and
resources about their communities.  Check it out at


CORRECTION - In June's newsletter we told you about a company that will be
renting accessible vans in Florence, Italy.  Actually they also rent cars
with hand controls.   I actually scrambled some of the facts on the two
different types of rentals.  You can find corrected information as well as
additional information on this month's What's News page at


NEW TRAVEL TALES - Two of Access-Able's users submitted trip report that I
think you will find interesting.  The first is about the good and the bad
that a couple of experienced cruisers experienced on their last cruise.
The other is some excellent travel information and tips written by a user
who traveled to Rome, Istanbul and Kathmandu.  Check them out at


FEATURE DESTINATION -This month's destination is the Land of Enchantment,
New Mexico.  Check it out at


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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