ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol II Number 10 (11-October-1999)

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



                    ***COSTA RICA RICA RESOURCES***

Whether you are interested in Eco-Tourism or just want to spend your time
relaxing in the sun, Costa Rica is rapidly becoming a major destination for
tourist.  Although not up to North American standards yet, they are working
hard to improve their facilities for travelers with disabilities.  There is a
growing variety of accessible accommodations and Eco-Tourism opportunities.
There are also a number of organizations offering a wide range of sports &
recreation activities that are willing and able to accommodate persons with
disabilities.  Here are some resources to help you plan your trip.


**LA FOUNDATION KOSTA RODA, a non-profit organization working with the
Costa Rican Tourism authority (ICT) to make the tourism infrastructure
accessible.  They have a complete listing of all "relatively accessible"
resources in the country and have been matching visitors with disabilities
with these resources for quite some time.  You can contact them at Apdo
217-8000, San Isidro, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica.  Phone: (506) 771-7482
Fax: (506) 771-7482  Email


**LOS TROGONES TRAVEL AGENCY, (approved by Costa Rica Tourist Board),
strives for full accessibility to all people with disabilities can now
arrange visits year round to national parks, beaches, volcanoes, museums,
hotels, restaurants, fishing, aerial tram, biological station, hot water
Springs, horseback riding, casinos and more!

The company is run by people that understand the needs travelers with
disabilities because they are part of this group.  They offer a variety of
different tour packages for 15 days or less with guaranteed service.

For further information, call:  (506) 257-0475 or 256-9671  Fax:
(506)257-6272, E-mails:  or or check out their web site.


**BRAULLIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK - A visit to the park is a unique
experience and a must for any visitor to Costa Rica.  Once there you will
find an aerial tram, which was the brainchild of a scientest.
His mission is to stop the destruction of the rain forest by using the tram
to show people one of the most complex communities of life on earth. The
tram is a two-mile excursion into the rain forest, home to two-thirds of
all rain forest species, many of which never see the jungle floor.
Traditionally, the difficulties of reaching the forest tree-tops have
always inhibited its study. Now the aerial tram allows visitors (including
those in wheelchairs) and scientists to 'fly' through this hidden canopy of
life. For more information check out their web site.

**ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT  If you are looking for transportation in Costa
Rica. Vaya con Silla de Ruedas can help. The name of our company literally
translated means "Go with Wheelchairs."  Their purpose is to provide
wheelchair travelers a safe, reliable and enjoyable means of seeing and
experiencing Costa Rica.  The van can hold up to three wheelchairs.

For more information contact: Vaya con Silla de Ruedas, S.A., P.O. Box
54-4150, Sarchí, Costa Rica. Phone (506) 391-5045 / Fax (506) 454-2810
Email: or check out their web site.


**VILLA ALEGRE BED & BREAKFAST - For a real topical lodging experience you
might want to check out Villa Alegre B&B.  It is a Spanish style villa that
offers a peaceful and tranquil environment with the Pacific Ocean as the
front yard. They provide their guests with the same comfort and amenities
found in a small luxury hotel. Enjoy freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee and
a gourmet breakfast served daily on the veranda. Enjoy swimming,
sunbathing, shuffleboard and horseshoes. Afterwards relax in the shaded
rancho or in the spacious living room. A large library of books, games and
videos are available.

The wheelchair accessible room will allow you to enjoy the flavor of
Mexico, which is the decorating theme of this room and reflects the owner's
great love of travel. There is a queen size bed. It has a private bath with
a roll-in shower. Everything is wheelchair accessible in the house, ie.
living room, and kitchen. The swimming pool is accessible and there is a
path that goes out to the beach. Each guestroom has a private patio,
ceiling fan and air-Conditioning.

They also have just added a couple of Casitas with private entrances, king
Beds, and  kitchenettes.  They Sleep 4 and the one named Russia is
accessible.  For more information contact: Villa Alegre B&B, 300 meters sur
Capitan, Suizo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica   Phone: 506-653-0207  Fax:
506-653-0287  Email: or check our their web page.


JUST A REMINDER - If you are thinking about attending "A BRIDGE TO PEACE
TOWARDS THE MILLENNIUM" the first international conference on tourism for
people with special needs. This is the last week to take advantage of the
the savings for early bird registration (Deadline October 15th).  The
conference is being held November 29 - December 2, 1999 at the Royal Beach
Hotel in Eilat, Israel.

Eilat is a beautiful seaside resort with warm and sunny weather throughout
the year, offering the perfect location to combine a high level scientific
program with a unique leisure experience.

The conference will be conducted in English with  American and Israeli Sign
Language Interpretation in Plenary Sessions.  The main topics of the
conference will be:

* Policy - What is the policy of the relevant Authorities and Agencies, in
  Israel and worldwide, towards tourism of people with disabilities.

* Economic aspects - Presentation of studies
* Services issues - Attitudes, specials needs, devices/technologies.

* Information - Databanks and their accessibility, dissemination of
  information about accessible sites, accommodations and complementary

* Types of sites/events and modes of dealing with their accessibility -
  museums, beaches, sports sites, national parks, holy places, festivals
  etc.) Presentation will be made of successful examples.

For further information contact: Conference Secretariat "Camel" Organizers
& Events, P.O. Box 1912, Ramat Gan 52532, Israel.  Tel: +972-3-5754040
Fax: +972-3-5753107 Email:


               ***DESIGNED FOR TTY USERS ON THE GO***

Ameriphone, Inc. has introduced an innovative new TTY that is the first to
combine portability and cell phone compatibility with a full-sized
keyboard. The new Q90€ uses breakthrough technology to pack these powerful
features, and more, into the TTY. As a result, the Q90 is small and
lightweight, yet, unlike other portable TTYs, it has a full size, high
quality keyboard that makes typing a pleasure. The advanced TTY works with
many analog cell phones and cordless phones for the ultimate in convenience
and portability. Up-to-date styling helps it fit into any occasion and a
comprehensive set of features add to its overall usefulness.

For more information on the exciting new Q90 and locations of authorized
Ameriphone dealers, TTY users can call 1-800-772-2889 or 714-897-1111.
Voice callers can use 1-800-874-3005 or 714-897-0808. Information and
dealer locations are also on Ameriphone's website at
Ameriphone's e-mail address is



WILDERNESS INQUIRY, a non-profit organization that has been providing
adventure travel for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities since it
founded in 1978.  They are offering the following options to experience the
many different ecosystems and the quiet beauty of the Everglades.  The
trips are offered numerous times throughout the winter.

Everglades is comprised of many different ecosystems.  The Ten Thousand
Island area off the west coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico offers
spectacular sunsets, hundreds of species of birds, and plenty of beaches
for the adventurer looking for a winter paddling experience.

off the southern tip of Florida offers a new look at a classic park. You
will paddle sturdy Grand San Juan Sea Kayaks on the ocean sections of the
park, cutting inland through the capes to investigate lakes and mangrove
forests as you go. For more information check out this months "What's News"
page at:

NEW YORK CITY TRIP - Still a few spots left on Travel Turtle's Tours 7-day
trip to the "Big Apple".  Arriving December 1 it's right at the height of
the holiday season, and there is no place on earth like New York City
during the holidays.  You'll stay in a centrally located on Broadway
accessible hotel, visit Harlem for Gospel Sunday, enjoy a play, and
museums. See the Empire State building at night in all its holiday splendor
plus time to do some holiday shopping in the Big Apple.  The tour is guided
by native New Yorkers in an accessible coach.  Cost $1600 per person based
on double occupancy - land only.  For more information contact Travel
Turtle Tours at: 800-453-9195 or email


This month's FEATURED DESTINATION is Arizona, a great getaway anytime.
Learn what there is to see and do in the cities, the mountains or in the
desert.  This diverse state has something for everyone and with its mild
winter weather they hold a variety of exciting events year round.  So check
it out at:


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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