Should We Celebrate the ADA Anniversary?

barrier-418450_640Recently I’ve seen a lot of posts and comments from younger people who think we shouldn’t celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), quite simply because it does not go far enough. They claim that without any real enforcement, public entities are not held to the standards laid out by the US Access Board. Continue reading

Detroit Airport Under Fire by Disability Advocates

Like many wheelchair-users, Paul Palmer uses public transportation to get to and from the airport. And for a long time that worked out just fine for him at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. That is until the airport moved their bus loading/unloading zone from the terminal, to the far end of the half-mile-long Ground Transportation Center located across the street. Continue reading

Quite a Reach for that TP!

What's wrong with this picture?

I see a lot of things in my travels that just make me scratch my head; and after yesterdays find I decided that they deserve their own little space on my blog. So I’ve created a new category, “What Were They Thinking?” to house those sad but true examples of access gone bad. To be fair, in most cases the intentions were probably good, but the end results just went horribly wrong. Still it’s a big swing and a miss. Continue reading

Unexpected Access Feature at Yavapai East

At this point in my career, I’ve seen thousands of accessible hotel rooms. Some are good, and some are not so good; but my job is to describe their access so that my readers can make appropriate choices based on their abilities. Continue reading

Hit the Beach in San Diego

Cruise along San Diego beaches in a power beach wheelchair.

If you thought that your days of beach combing were behind you, just because you roll instead of walk, then think again. Believe it or not, you can enjoy the beach independently, thanks to good folks down in San Diego. That’s right, you can now cruise along the sand in a power beach wheelchair, on one of five San Diego beaches. Even better – it’s absolutely free! Continue reading

Objects of Belief from the Vatican — Opening This Weekend

Mbulu-ngulu, (Reliquary Figure) Gabon, Kota people, (Obamba or Mindumu group) Late 19th-early 20th century Copper, brass, iron, wood, 101060. Photo © Vatican Museums

If you happen to be traveling to San Francisco between now and September 8, 2013, be sure and check out the excellent Objects of Belief from the Vatican exhibition at the de Young Museum.  Although there are only 39 objects in this well-curated collection, they each tell a unique story. And since none of the artifacts have ever been out of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, this special exhibition is even more intriguing. Continue reading