ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol II Number 9 (05-September-1999)

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


Watch your mailbox this month for an exciting special announcement.
Access-Able has taken on a new project that will round out our services to
travelers with disabilities.  We think that you will be as excited about it
as we are.


Palm RV Centers is the only RV dealer in Florida that has dedicated
resources to help consumers with disabilities enjoy the RV lifestyle. They
are able to take an existing RV or RV shell and transform it to an Ability
Equipped RV.  They not only do conversions they also have an accessible
unit available to rent.  The unit is a 30ft. class A model.  It is
self-contained, has a generator and features a 3 1/4" thick roof with
ducted roof AC for maximum comfort.

The unit sleeps four and is fully accessible with wide aisles and stairwell
cover.  It comes with tie downs and a six way power passenger seat for easy
transfer.   It has a large bathroom, complete with roll-in shower with a
fold down bench, hand held shower and grab bars.  The vanity is open, the
toilet is raised and has grab bars.

They welcome guests from all over the World!  They can make arrangements
for Airport Transfer Service or to store your automobile while you enjoy
your adventure. If you would like to rest prior to your departure, they'll
be happy to arrange nearby accommodations for you. For more information

Palm Truck and RV Centers
2441 South State Road 7 (US 441)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33317-6999
Phone: (954) 587-6558
FAX (954) 584-3228


Here, at last, is a directory listing hotels, attractions, and restaurants,
which are actually accessible to people with limited physical abilities.
In the "Accessible Quebec" guide, the accessibility logo really means what
it symbolizes.

The guide is put out by Keroul which is Tourisme Quebec's chief consultant
on matters concerning accessibility.  A non-profit organization founded
twenty years ago, Keroul has taken on the mission of making tourism and
cultural events accessible to persons with limited abilities.

Although smaller them their French version, tourists with mobility, hearing
or visual impairments will find the Keroul guide offers them listings of
more than 300 accessible hotels, attractions, restaurants and
transportation throughout Quebec.

A non-profit publication, the cost of Keroul's 120-page "Accessible Quebec"
guide (English version) costs only $10 Canadian.  In Quebec, you can find
it at Ulysses bookstores; at several Quebec organizations for disabled
persons; at suppliers such as Medicus, Invacare, Ricon; and Publications

If you would like more information or prefer to get your copy before you go
you can order one through Keroul.  The price is the same, but there will be
a shipping charge of $2.00 for orders within Canada and $3.00 for orders
going to the US.   They do accept Visa, which simplifies making a purchase
in a foreign currency.
4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Ave.
P.O. Box 1000, Station "M"
Montréal, Québec H1V 3R2
Phone: (514) 252-3104
Fax: (514) 254-0766
Website: (English version)


Situated on an eighteen-hole golf course and country club, this three
bedroom two bath Orlando bungalow is the perfect setting for a Florida
getaway. Located just minutes for Orlando International Airport and the
areas major attractions, there is much to see and do, all within an easy
drive.  Guests receive a free membership to two clubs which includes
unlimited swimming and tennis.   The country club is only two minutes
drive, has a Junior Olympic size swimming pool, sports shop, restaurant,
bar and tennis courts all of which have excellent wheelchair access.

Each of the bedrooms has a double bed and both baths are accessible.  The
master bath comes complete with a Mangar bath lift.  The house, designed
and built by a wheelchair user, has all the features you could ask for
including an automatic garage door opener.  The kitchen is fully equipped
and the house has all the appliances, including an automatic dishwasher a
microwave, washer and dryer.  Furnished by interior designers, this
spacious luxury bungalow has plenty of room for a family to spread out,
including a conservatory and patio area.

For complete information, prices and availability contact the owner Sue
Fisher who lives in the United Kingdom.  You can reach her by phone or fax
at  +44 161792-3029


Just a reminder that Access-Able will be presenting travel workshops at the
remaining two Abilities Expos being held in Chantilly, VA September 24-26,
1999 and Santa Clara, CA October 15-17.

The workshops are sponsored by Continental Airlines and are free!  We also
have tickets available for free admittance to the show.  If you would like
tickets just leave your address at  and tell me how
many tickets you want.  We would love to meet you, so join us at one of the
workshops or stop by our booth to say hello.  For more information and
directions check out the Abilities Expo web

On August 2, the Department of Transportation (DOT) amended its rules
implementing the Air Carrier Access Act to lift an existing cap on the
amount of compensation airlines have to pay to passengers for loss or
damage of their wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

The rule is intended to provide additional relief to passengers who use
expensive assistive devices that are lost, destroyed, damaged or delayed in
the course of airline travel.  Previously, airlines were permitted to limit
their liability for loss, damage or delay of wheelchairs to $2500, or twice
the liability limit established by regulation for passengers' luggage.
Effective September 1, air carriers will be required to compensate
passengers for the full cost of repairing a damaged wheelchair or the
original purchase price if the wheelchair is beyond repair.

In its comments to the proposed rule, PVA asserted that air carriers should
reimburse passengers for the full replacement value of destroyed assistive
devices.  DOT declined to impose this requirement on the theory that the
increased cost of a replacement wheelchair is due to market forces beyond a
carrier's control.  DOT also declined to require airlines to maintain a
sufficient number of "loaner" wheelchairs at all airports.  DOT did note,
however, that the cost of a loaner wheelchair could constitute
consequential damages for which the carrier is liable.

This article was provided by Bob Herman, Senior Advocacy Attorney,
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and was reproduced with permission.  To
find out more about the PVA and its work check out the website at


This month we are covering one of the most popular tourist areas in the US,
Central Florida.  Access in Orlando and the surrounding areas excellent.
The biggest problem usually encountered is there is just so many thing to
see and do, it can hard to decide.  Hopefully our feature will help you
sort it all out so you can plan a vacation that you will not soon forget.
Check it out at


Access-Able Travel Source, a top-ranked accessible travel website, recently
made history with the acquisition of Travelin' Talk, a popular travel
network for people with disabilities.  Access-Able plans to incorporate
Travelin' Talk into their already informative website, and make the member
directory available on-line to Travelin' Talk members.  Says Carol Randall,
co-founder of The Access-Able Travel Source,  "Travelin' Talk is a
worldwide network of people with disabilities who offer travel information
and emergency assistance to one-another, and the internet is the perfect
medium for this type of an international network."

Travelin' Talk was founded in 1987 by wheelchair-user and frequent traveler
Rick Crowder.  Today there are over 1,000 members; from every state in the
union, and from many countries around the world.  Although Rick initially
embraced the growth of the Travelin' Talk network; updating the member
directory in the traditional print format soon became a time-consuming and
expensive chore.  Now, with Access-Able's acquisition of Travelin' Talk,
it's possible and cost-effective to maintain member information on-line.

The cost of membership is $19.95/year for individuals or non-profit
organizations, $24.95/year for travel-related businesses and $5/year for
SSI (Supplemental Security Insursance) recipients.  Members receive on-line
access to the Travelin' Talk membership directory through a password
protected section on the Access-Able website.  Says Randall, "The Internet
makes it possible for us to keep the directory current, and it makes it
easier for members to contact each other."  Travelin' Talk members also
receive a monthly e-mail newsletter, which includes member news, access
information and travel resources.

Although Internet membership is preferred, Travelin' Talk benefits are also
available to members who don't have Internet access. These members can
access the member directory and other travel planning resources by
contacting Access-Able directly.  A list of members in a specified area
will be faxed or mailed to non-internet members upon request. Non-internet
members also receive the monthly newsletter by fax or snail mail; however,
if they choose snail mail, they receive two months at a time.

Members can also save money on selected travel services and products.  Says
Randall, "Although, most members join Travelin' Talk to help one another,
everyone likes to save money.  Access-Able plans to continue current member
discounts, while looking for additional money-saving opportunities for
network members."

For more information about Travelin' Talk, check out the new website at or contact Access-Able Travel Source, P.O. Box 1796,
Wheat Ridge, CO 80034.  Phone: (303) 232-2979 Fax: (303) 239-8486.
Website: Email:


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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