Extended Hours Event for Disabled Visitors at Indy Children’s Museum

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On Tuesday May 10, 2022 the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (https://www.childrensmuseum.org/) will present their first Extended Hours Event for disabled visitors. It will run from 4 pm to 7 pm, and admission will be capped so there will be plenty of room to roll around and enjoy the wide open spaces. Admission is just $6 per person and the following exhibits will be open for the event. Continue reading

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New York City Subway Gets More Elevators

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One of the biggest roadblocks to accessible public transportation in the Big Apple is the lack of elevators in the subway system, which was largely constructed before the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was on the books. With that in mind the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently announced a new accessibility project that will add 17 new elevators in eight stations. Continue reading

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Looking Forward to a More Accessible Future

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Work underway at The Lake House Restaurant in Grant Village

Work underway at The Lake House Restaurant in Grant Village

I’ve been writing about accessible travel for over 20 years now, and I can honestly say that I’ve see a lot of improvements since I first started. Years ago it was hard to find an accessible room at all, and now many hotels have pool lifts. Yes, I know there is always room for improvement, but I’m pleased at the direction that the hospitality industry is moving. Continue reading

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Should We Celebrate the ADA Anniversary?

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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

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Detroit Airport Under Fire by Disability Advocates

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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

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Quite a Reach for that TP!

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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

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Unexpected Access Feature at Yavapai East

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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

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Hit the Beach in San Diego

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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

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