Truth or Consequences Access Improving

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Hacienda Mexican Restaurante

Located in Southern New Mexico, Truth or Consequences is a favorite getaway spot for us. That said, it’s not the most accessible city in the world. It?s a historic little town, with sidewalks in need of repair and curb-cuts that are somewhat of a challenge. And many of the businesses have steps up into them. It?’ a town with a lot of potential, but it really needs some TLC. Continue reading

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Wounded Warriors Drops Ball on Access

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Don’t get me wrong, I think the Wounded Warriors Project does some great work; which is why I was extremely dismayed when I learned that their upcoming event at Whitefish Ski Resort will not be accessible. It’s not that the resort itself is inaccessible; in fact according to disability advocate Kimberley Barreda, “Dan Graves, the Whitefish Mountain CFO is very open to a full time adapted skiing program, and the resort has been very good at making things more accessible.” Continue reading

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Rolling Around Wellington

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Cherrie enjoying the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

Cherrie has been having a great time exploring Wellington, as it’s a very walk-able and roll-able city. We’ve been all around the CBD, over to Oriental Bay, up to Zealandia and even back out to the airport for an evening function –with nary a step or curb along the way. It’s really been grand. Plus I have to give the folks at the I-site (visitors center) a big thumbs up on access  — they are actually familiar with wheelchair-access in their fair city. Continue reading

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Bloomberg on Accessible NYC Taxis

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Mayor Bloomberg isn’t exactly a happy camper these days, especially when the subject turns to wheelchair-accessible taxis in New York City. You see, the US attorney’s office recently filed suit against New York City, for non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Why?

Well, according to United Spinal Organization, less than 2% of the city’s 13,000 taxis are wheelchair-accessible. And frankly I agree with the US attorney’s office — in this day and age that’s totally unacceptable. Continue reading

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Ho Chi Minh City to Build Accessible Public Transport

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Access is looking up these days in Vietnam, as the powers that be in Ho Chi Minh City have announced that the new metro and monorail systems will be wheelchair-accessible. The last time I visited the city, access was extremely lacking, so I’m happy to hear of any move in a positive direction. Continue reading

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On the Road Again!

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Candy & Cherrie decked out in their Mardi Gras beads and mapping out their next accessible road trip.

Cherrie, Charles and I are getting set to hit the road again this week. This time our road trip will take us from California, through the Southwest, along the Gulf of Mexico and down into the Panhandle of Florida. Then it’s over to the East Cost, where we’ll head north to Charleston, South Carolina. Then we’ll spend some time in rural Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, before heading back home through Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.

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