BFT Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award

Well I just got a note from my publisher, with some great news. Barrier-Free Travel is a finalist for a 2006 Benjamin Franklin award in the travel book category. These awards are presented annually by the Publishers Marketing Association and at the risk of sounding too cliché, I’m honored to have made the finals.

Even better, one of the other titles that made the final three is about accessible travel. That’s right, PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for Your Special Needs, by Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma is also a finalist in the travel book category. Now remember this is a very mainstream publishers organization — it’s not disability focused at all. So, to have two finalists in the same category about accessible travel, just goes to illustrate how popular the subject really is.

Anyway, I think it’s not only great news for me (and Deb and Debra) but also great news for the disability community in general. Accessible travel is moving out of the shadows and into the limelight.

The winners will be announced on May 17 at an awards ceremony in Washington DC. Keep your fingers crossed for BFT.

I also have to add that I have reviewed Deb & Debra’s book for Emerging Horizons and for my column on accessible travel, and I think it’s a great resource. If a trip to Disney World is in your future, make sure and pick up a copy.

Truthfully, I’d be happy if either one of the accessible travel titles won!