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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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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A Musical Surprise in Phoenix

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Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

To be honest, I really wasn’t looking forward to visiting the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, but it’s something that I had to check out for my readers. I figured that I’d see some instruments and learn a little bit about their history, and maybe if I was real lucky I’d also get to hear a little music. I wasn’t expecting much, as I’m not a real musical instrument fan, so I kind of figured that I’d be bored to tears. Boy, was I ever wrong! Continue reading

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Ten Absolutely Incorrect and Completely Clueless Accessible Air Travel Tips

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Misinformation is rampant today on the internet, especially in regards to accessible travel. And after reading yet another ill-researched and downright ignorant “Accessible Air Travel Tips” article yesterday, I’ve decided it’s time to act. Continue reading

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SpiceJet Charges for Wheelchair Assistance — Sometimes

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Although SpiceJet hasn’t gotten as much press as Ryanair, they both have one thing in common — charging for wheelchair assistance. The difference is that after an extended court battle, Ryanair learned the error of their ways, and no longer charges for wheelchair assistance. And SpiceJet claims to follow Indian law, yet some passengers still end up shelling out the bucks for wheelchair assistance. Continue reading

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A Better Way to Build an Aisle Chair

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Although access to the friendly skies has greatly improved over the past 25 years, it still has a way to go. Take the lowly aisle chair, for example. Some travelers call it a torture device, while others describe the on board transfer process as “beyond humiliating”. Either way, the whole system could use a facelift. Continue reading

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Meteor Crater: A Disappointing Experience for Wheelchair-Users

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Every time I drove by Meteor Crater, just east of Flagstaff, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was accessible. After all, it is a crater. Well, yesterday I tuned the radio to 1610 like the billboards instructed, and I was thrilled to hear that they “have a new quarter-mile wheelchair-accessible trail along the rim of the crater.” That sold me, so we turned off the interstate to explore this unique natural wonder. Continue reading

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