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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Don’t Believe Everything Airline Employees Say

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I got an e-mail from a reader a few weeks ago that seemed rather odd. Not the e-mail mind you, but rather the subject the reader was addressing. Basically she wrote to tell me that as she was boarding her United flight in Oklahoma City last month, the gate agent informed her that United will soon be rolling out a new policy that will require passengers to reclaim and recheck their wheelchairs at connecting cities, as a condition of gate checking them. 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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Are Fitted Sheets Just the Beginning?

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Earlier this year Senator Kevin de Leon introduced SB 432 to the California legislature. This seemingly innocuous piece of workplace safety legislation would require hotels to use fitted sheets instead of flat sheets, and provide their workers with long handled mops and brooms to clean bathrooms. It’s considered a workplace safety issue because its implementation would prevent workers from bending and stooping as much, and in theory decrease injuries.

And although the lodging industry opposes it because of the added expense, I’m wondering if this is the harbinger of things come. Specifically, if sheets can fall under the umbrella of OSHA, then why not bed height? Continue reading

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Where’s Cherrie Road Trip Contest — Photo 3

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Cherrie relaxing at the Seventy Four Ranch B&B in Jasper, GA.

Today’s Where’s Cherrie photo is going to take a different direction. I’m going to tell you where she is, and then ask you a trivia question associated with the location. Continue reading

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The Right Attitude in Pensacola

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Julee Cottage at Historic Pensacola Village.

In the course of my travels and editorial research, I talk to a lot of folks regarding access. Some folks really get it, while others are clueless. I’m glad to report that the former was the case today at Historic Pensacola Village in Pensacola, Florida. Continue reading

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Are We Really the Leader?

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Last week a journalist friend was bouncing some ideas off me for a column he was doing on accessible travel. He tends to ask thought provoking questions, but this time he really gave me pause for thought with one of his queries. His premise was that we (the US) are “the leader” in accessibility, and he wanted to know what we as a nation have done to influence access improvements in other countries.

Quite frankly, I think I caught him off guard with my answer. “Do you really think we’re the leader? Because I don’t,” I replied. Continue reading

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