ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol II Number 1 (15-January-1999)

Last Update: Monday, 29-May-2006 06:13:15 PDT


ATTENTION - Travel Turtle Tours announces the addition of a new division
called the SEA TURTLES.  Bonnie Barnes, RN will be in charge of this new
specialty cruise business.  SEA TURTLES will offer group cruises to
pulmonary (oxygen dependent) clients and diabetic travelers.  Cruises are
accompanied by specialty physicians, therapists and other support
personnel.  For more information contact: Bonnie Barnes, Travel Turtle
Tours, 1-800-453-9195 email her at:


ACCESSIBLE VAN RENTALS DOWNUNDER - Mark Harford, a C4 quadriplegic, can
relate to the frustration in trying to find wheelchair accessible
transportation.  Mark, having traveled all around Australia himself, found
it extremely difficult to obtain a suitable vehicle other than a station
wagon. As a result of these frustrations Mark founded Wheelabout Van

So now you can travel Australia in style, comfort and safety in full-size
luxury imported vans or modified vehicles.  The flagship of their fleet is
the luxury Chrysler Voyager which is modified to accommodate up to 3
wheelchair users and 4 seated passengers with room to move. Safety is their
first priority, and their vehicles are serviced regularly and kept in
excellent condition.

Luxury features such as air conditioning, cruise control, driver and
passenger airbags are standard with their vehicles. Their Chrysler Voyagers
have removable, modular seating so you can tailor the seating arrangement
to suit your needs. Whether its a short trip or an extended holiday,
Wheelabout provides you with safe, stylish and comfortable transport for
that first class travelling experience.

For more information contact:  Mark Harford, Wheelabout Van Rentals Pty
Ltd., P.O. Box 3180, Erina, NSW 2250 Australia  Phone: + 61 2
4367 0900  Fax:  +61 (02) 4365 5840  E-mail:


                       LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT

RADAR (The Royal Association for Disability And Rehabilitation) is a UK
organization run by and working for disabled people.  RADAR wears many
hats, but one of their most popular services is the access guides that they
publish for both Britain and abroad.  These books can now be purchased

HEALTHY FLYING WITH DIANE FAIRECHILD - This popular website is a resource
for airline passengers.  It is a well researched, personal series of
columns on the Internet.  It discusses all the health hazards endemic to
modern airline travel including    ozone and electromagnetic radiation, and
even the stress of lost luggage. She even suggests steps you can take to
help you stay safer and healthier on your future flights.

WORLD WIDE BROCHURES - This site lists over 10,000 free brochures that can
help you with trip planning.  It can be searched by destination or

GLOBAL ACCESS TRAVEL - This is a brand new site that will be providing
access information about Australia.  The first city they will detail is
Sydney, but they plan to eventually cover the entire country.  Not much
content yet, but well worth bookmarking.

REEL LIFE REEL PEOPLE - Minnesota is about a company that offers accessible
fishing and other on the water activities to persons with disabilities.

EUROPE ACCESS INFORMATION - At this site you will find a form that you can
use to request all sorts of access information to assist in trip planning
to Europe.  The organization behind it is called BAG C and is an
association of fifty independent    organization with members who are both
disabled and able bodied.  This is not an travel agency just volunteers who
will try to provide the answers you need.


MOKELUMNE RIVER LODGE - located in the heart of California's Mother Lode,
just minutes from many historical towns such as Mokelumne Hill and Angels
Camp to the South. Jackson and Sutter Creek to the North. All offer
excellent specialty shops, fine dining and wine tasting, plus an assortment
of summer and winter recreation.

The Mokelumne River Lodge has 5 suites, 1 of which is accessible.  Pine
molding and hardwood contrast gently with the sweeping white walls of this
European style lodge. A spacious, spa-type atmosphere greets you on
entering, giving one the feeling of an era gone by.

Crystal clear artesian waters bubbling up from deep granite fissures are a
favorite for guests to quench their thirst and bathe in. The beautiful
river and shoreline nestled amongst majestic oaks and pines makes this area
a favorite for nature lovers, trout fishermen and sports enthusiasts. This
is a wonderful place for recreation, relaxation and celebrating special

The accessible suite is located on the main floor, has a queen size bed and
has a sliding door to an accessible deck that overlooks the river.  The
bathroom has a wide door and room to maneuver.  There is a tub shower
combination with grab bars and a shower seat can be provided with advance
notice.  The sink is accessible, the toilet is raised and has grab bars.

For More information contact:  Everett & Catherine Powell, Mokelumne River
Lodge, P.O. Box 20, 10704 Highway 49, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245.  Phone:
(209) 286-1000  Toll Free: (888) 287-4885  Email:


NEW TRAVEL TALE - Read all about a cross disability group's adventure to
Peru.  Join them on a river trip through the rainforest and on their ascent
of Machu Picchu.  Learn what a tour company in Peru has done to spearhead
the efforts to open Peru to tourists with disability.


FEATURE TOUR PAGE - This month's page is about winter getaways in the sun.
Like last month's page it is not just about one area, but tells about
several sunny options for a winter getaways.


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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