ACCESS-ABLE/Travellin' Talk Newsletter

Issue : Vol I Number 2 (02-June-2001)

Last Update: Monday, 29-May-2006 06:13:16 PDT



Travel North America in style, comfort and safety in one of our full-size
luxury vehicles.  Modified to  Accommodate 1 wheelchair user and 3 able
passengers with room to move around.  Safety is the first priority, and the
vehicles are serviced regularly an kept in excellent condition.

Luxury features such as air conditioning, cruise control, whether its a
short trip or an extended holiday,  An accessible RV provides you with
safe, stylish and comfortable transport for that first class traveling

This 35· Class A Motorhome has everything you would expect from a luxury
vehicle.  It has two electric slide out room extensions, one in the
living/dining area and one in the bedroom.

It has a 7.0-liter V10 engine with electronic fuel injection.  It has an
automatic four speed electronically
controlled overdrive transmission.  The steering system is tilt adjusted
power assisted.  Safety features include driver and passenger airbags, ABS
brakes, height adjustable seat belt system, remote keyless entry system and
wheelchair tie-downs

The motorhome modifications affords accessibility and versatility and include

The wheelchair seating positions are fitted with restraints that meet the
stringent standards of Transport Canada. The unit is fitted with a
Electric/Hydraulic wheelchair ramp suitable for manual and electronically
controlled wheelchairs.

Wheelchair accessible washroom facilities have been modified to allow
access to the washroom area. It allows the wheelchair user to park beside
the facilities and transfer from the wheelchair to the toilet and/or shower

This unit has been selected for the spacious areas, which allow maneuvering
a wheelchair. Counters and overhead storage areas are at a normal height
above floor level. It is strongly suggested that at least one able bodied
person accompany a wheelchair user.

The unit is modified with hand controls for wheelchair user driving, along
with other modifications.  Rental and reservation information is available
at or Email :  Additional
feature information contact Bob Price



This is a four season recreational resort and restaurant. Pick from a
variety of plans or vacation packages ranging from American Plan (three
meals a day) to Housekeeping Plan (no meals included). However,
participation in all recreational activities is included whichever plan you
choose. They will be happy to make a plan to fit your vacation needs.

The "Lodge" is where it all comes together. This is home to the restaurant
and activities center. All the meals are home cooked from their salads,
soups and breads to their incredible desserts. You will never leave hungry!
The restaurant is open to the public so you may enjoy eating here even
though you are not vacationing with the American Plan.

As far as accommodations, there are 15 cottages and 8 Executive suites of
various sizes.  The main differences are that the cottages are nearer the
lake and the Executive suites have fireplaces.  They range in size from two
to six bedrooms.  Most of the units are wheelchair accessible with ramps
and wide doors, but only one two-bedroom, the Deerpath is fully adapted for
wheelchair users.  Overall Sunrise Lodge is wheelchair friendly.  The level
grounds make getting around easy for everyone. Even the docks have ramps so
you can fish or easily get onto one of the pontoon boats.

There is plenty to do any season.  In the winter, it·s a paradise for
snowmobiling and other winter sports.  Located in the Lake Superior
snowbelt, they can get up to 200 inches of snow each winter. Fishing season
opens in May and as summer approaches swimming and other water activities
get into full swing.   In the summer the lodge has activities fun for young
and old

For more contact Sunrise Lodge Resort and Restaurant, 5894 West Shore, Land
O'Lakes, WI 54540  Phone: 1-800-221-9689 or 715-547-3684.  Web Site: Email:

Be sure to check out this month·s ·What·s News· page for additional
featured accommodations at



OCTOBER 19 - 29, 2001 Boston to Boston with visits to Portland, Halifax,
Sydney, At sea, Quebec City Saguenay River, At sea, St. John, Bar
Harbor.  You will be sailing aboard the Crown Princess with all its resort
amenities.  There is a variety of accessible cabins to choose from.

                                  VALUE ADDED PACKAGE:
                                  1.) Wheelchair accessible staterooms
(inventory guaranteed)
                                  2.) Roll-in showers
                                  3.) $25.00 per person ship board credit
*when booked
                                       before March 1, 2001
                                  4.) Personalized luggage tags
                                  5.) Welcome cocktail party (open bar)
                                  6.) Farewell cocktail party (open bar)
                                  7.) Group escort* (*based on group

RATES PER PERSON: Up to 50% off per person.  Additional costs: Round trip
airfare from/to your home town, transfers ($50.00), Government fees
($75.00), travel/cancellation insurance.

September 12-17, 2001

The Feast of San Gennaro is one of the America·s oldest festivals, making
its first appearance in the immigrant-swollen Lower Manhattan of 1926. New
York·s Feast of San Gennaro attracts more than 3 million fairgoers. The
festival is held in ·Little Italy· along Mulberry Street between Canal and
Houston Streets. This open-air extravaganza (with a Mardi Gras atmosphere)
features restaurants opening outdoor cafés on the sidewalk and vendors
selling all kinds of Feast memorabilia. Join them for a memorable
experience on the streets of Little Italy.

In addition to participating in the activities of the Feast of San Gennaro,
you will also ex-plore other festive sites in New York City.  The group
will spend a day on Fifth Avenue, one of the most glittering promenades of
the City where you will visit Rockefeller Center, St. Pat-rick·s Cathedral
and Bryant Park. Another day in the Wall Street area to visit Federal Hall
where George Washington was sworn in at the first US President and Trinity
Church in whose cemetery are buried beneath elaborate grave stones
(wonderfully tactile) some of America·s most well-known heroes,
politicians, inventors and colorful personages. Your final day will include
an excursion to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. An evening at the
theatre (optional) is offered for those who may wish to attend a Broadway play.

This program has been designed for the Blind and Visually Impaired, but
participants may be accompanied by sighted friends, colleagues or family
members.  To meet the special needs of their travelers, the tour programs
are carefully crafted to provide a rich educational experience unavailable
on regularly scheduled sighted trips.  Their programs offer many unique
opportunities for tactile experiences, relaxation and socialization. This
program will be limited to approximately twelve participants. Sighted
guides will accompany the program.

For registration forms and daily itinerary and details, please contact The
Campanian Society, Inc., PO Box. 167, Oxford, Ohio 45056. Phone: (513)
524-4846 Fax: (513) 523-0276 E-mail:  Web Site: Robert M. Wilhelm, Executive Director.



For the last several years the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has
been working to enable individuals with disabilities to take better
advantage of the broad range of telecommunications services available
today.  For individuals with hearing and speech disabilities, these changes
have meant being able to ·stay connected·.  Nationwide access to TRS (
Relay Service) has been significantly improved with the implementation of
the new 711 number. This new dialing arrangement will supplement existing
systems in most states that require 7 or 10-digit numbers in order to
initiate relay calls. TRS users will be able to initiate a call from any
telephone, anywhere in the United States by dialing 711.  This will
eliminate the need to remember and dial a 7 or 10-digit toll free number,
or without having to obtain different numbers to access local TRS providers
when traveling from state to state.  This is excellent news for travelers
with speech and hearing impairments!

Implementing nationwide 711 access to TRS will significantly improve the
ability of people with hearing and speech disabilities to utilize the
telephone network, as well as the ability of the general public to
communicate with people with hearing and speech disabilities through TRS.
The 711 number is now operating in 85% of the United States and the FCC
requires that all telecommunications carriers, including wireline,
wireless, and payphone providers, implement 711 access to all relay
services, in accordance with Commission·s standards on or before October 1,
Pam Gregory, who works in the Disability Rights Office of the FCC, said
that they expect a majority of the Relay Centers will keep their existing
800 numbers.  This will allow the Relay Centers and its users to dial the
previously existing numbers for the different types of services such as
voice or text.

The FCC·s Disability Rights Office has a very informative web page located



Access-Able Travel Source is pleased to announce that thanks to Continental
airlines we will again be holding workshops for travelers with disabilities
each day of this year's Abilities Expos.

For more information, cities, dates and how to get free tickets to the show
in your area click here



This is not a new site, but has grown to be a very useful access guide for
th area including Virginia and Maryland).  It has an extensive list of
accessible hotels, restaurants, transportation, wheelchair repairs,
personal assistant providers and airport information.


The Amsterdam site is a work in progress, but it still provides a sampling
of accessible accommodations and tourist information for that city of
canals. It is being developed by an European organization Travel & Tourism
For All (TTFA)


A US-based national non-profit organization, the mission of Mobility
International USA (MIUSA) is to empower people with disabilities around the
world through international  exchange, information, technical assistance
and training, and to ensure the inclusion of people  with disabilities in
international exchange and development programs.  They also operate the
National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)


FEATURED DESTINATION  This month we·re off to Peru for our second
installment which will take us to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Dear Friends,

I know that most of you are very busy, but please take a few minutes to
help these                       students help us with better access to
their country.

Carol Randall

Hi, we're four peruvian students of the Pacifico University in Lima,
Peru.  We're making a complete study about disabled people, we would like
to study the viability of an accessible transportation project for this
people, specially for disabled tourists that arrive to Peru. We have
designed a little survey to know the tourists' opinion about Peru as a
touristic place to visit

Without transportation there's no tourism and we as young students and as
peruvian people, want to develop this market for tourists and for our
country. The accessible tourism is an important need that requires
development, so let's work for that purpose.

We would be very thankful if you would tak a few minutes to take the
survey. To get your copy just download at or email and
you will be forwarded a copy.



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