Is This Really an Accessible Room?

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A low-step shower in a standard — not accessible — hotel room

Thanks to modern technology it’s now possible to share your travel photos with friends and family with just a few swipes and a tap or two. And I absolutely love seeing those smiling faces enjoying cruises, beaches and  luxury resorts. But lately I’ve also been seeing another kind of travel post – it usually features a photo of an obviously inaccessible room, with the caption “Really? This is an accessible room?”

And the truth is, well, maybe it isn’t. Continue reading

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Who Should Use the Disabled Loo?

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restroomI have to admit that I was a little puzzled by a news item that I ran across last week about a grass roots campaign in the UK to make it “more comfortable” for people with invisible disabilities to use the accessible toilets there. Apparently when seemingly able-bodied people walk out of the accessible NKS toilets across the pond, they are getting “the look” or an audible “tsk-tsk” from passers-by. To alleviate this, there is a push to change the symbol on the accessible toilets from the standard wheelchair pictogram, to a pictogram of wheelchair with two able-bodied people. OK, that part made perfect sense to me, as there certainly are folks with invisible disabilities who need accessible facilities. Continue reading

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What Exactly is an Accessible Trail?

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Trail access information plaque

Trail access information plaque

Although it’s relatively easy to determine if a building is wheelchair-accessible (stairs vs. a level or ramped entry), it’s a bit more difficult to evaluate the accessibility of a trail. At first glance it might appear that if a wheelchair-user can manage a trail, then it must accessible, right? Well, not exactly, because not all wheelchair-users have the same ability. Continue reading

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Uber Erects More Accessibility Roadblocks

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Although Uber has long claimed that it’s not bound by the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it just makes common sense to make this service as accessible as possible. In fact, I had high hopes when Uber introduced their new WAV app that allows customers to order an accessible vehicle with a few taps and a swipe or two. And in theory that works; however since Uber doesn’t have enough accessible vehicles to meet the demand, it falls short of a viable solution. Continue reading

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Ride ‘Em Cowboy…and Cowgirl!

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Team Roping -- not just for men at the Cody Night Rodeo

I’m a rodeo gal at heart. After all, some of my earliest memories are of the Clovis Rodeo, watching my dad ride saddle broncs and bulls. So I’m thrilled whenever I have the opportunity to take in a rodeo on my travels. Such was the case last night, when I got to enjoy the famous Cody Night Rodeo – the longest running night rodeo in the country. Continue reading

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What’s Up With This Accessible Parking Spot?

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"Accessible" parking spot in New Hope, PA?

I see a lot of different things as I cross the country, but this “accessible” parking spot really made me scratch my head yesterday. It is across the street from the New Hope, PA Visitors Center, and as far as I can tell it’s one of the very few accessible spots in town. Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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What’s wrong with this shower? It’s not wheelchair-accessible, as the innkeepers claim.

Remember that game you used to play in Highlights Magazine? The one where you’d circle the things that were wrong with an innocuous looking picture? Well, today we are going to play the adult version. It’s called “What’s Wrong with this ‘Accessible’ Shower?” Continue reading

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A Hocking Hills Find

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There's even a special bear bench for Cherrie near the cabin!

Every time I visit Ohio’s Hocking Hills I discover a new cool accessible lodging option—and this time was no exception. Last night we stayed in a very accessible creekside cabin near Logan, Ohio. It was compact, but still had room enough for a wheelchair, and it included a small kitchen and a lovely back deck. There was also a private hot tub on the deck, but it wasn’t accessible. Continue reading

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Hot Off The Press — New Grand Canyon Access Guide

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Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

Gearing up for the summer travel season, and trying to decide where to go? Well, how about the Grand Canyon? Think it’s not accessible? Then think again. My newest book, Barrier-Free Travel: The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, highlights accessible trails, sites, and lodging options on the north and south rims, includes access details about the Grand Canyon Railway, and provides hard-to-find access information about Grand Canyon West.

Highlights of the book include:

· Details on Accessible Bus and Helicopter Tours

· Access at the Grand Canyon Skywalk

· Shuttle Bus Routes and Access Details

· Special Access Passes and Permits

· Photos of Accessible Rooms

· Accessible Lodging at the Williams Railway Depot

· Windshield Views Throughout the Park

And although the iconic mule ride to the bottom of the canyon isn’t accessible, I’ve also included a little known driving route that’s located on Hualapai land.

Even better, this book is the first in a series of accessible travel guides to popular US destinations. And although it’s a great resource for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, moms who have stroller-aged kids will also appreciate the access information in this guide, as well as the future books in this series.

So surf on by the www.BarrierFreeGrandCanyon.com for more information about my newest book.

 

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