ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol III Number 04 (09-April-2000)

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

VOLUME 3   NUMBER 4  (April)

                           CONTINENTAL AIRLINES

Access-Able Travel Source is pleased to announce that thanks to Continental
Airlines we will again be holding workshops for travelers with disabilities
each day of this year's Abilities Expo shows.

Since 1985, the ABILITIES EXPO have provided people with disabilities,
senior citizens, healthcare and education professionals across the United
States access to the latest in products and services that can enhance their
lives and the lives of their clients and students.

Access-Able will share with you information on accessible destinations and
activities. Find out about crewing on a tall ship, going sea kayaking or
trekking.   How do you track down accessible B&Bs or home exchanges?
What's out there if you are on a tight budget?  Plus, where to find the
resources you need including the nuts and bolts of planning an accessible

The workshops are free to all Ability Expo attendees and Access-Able has a
supply of complimentary tickets to the Expos.  If you would like some, just
drop us an email and let us know how many you need, for which show and
where do you want them sent.  The first two locations are:

New Jersey Convention Center  			Anaheim Convention Center
Edison, New Jersey					Anaheim, California
April 14-16, 2000					May 12-14, 2000

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 site.



Situated at the foot of Sumas Mountain, Little Big House is 15 miles
northeast of Bellingham, WA, and 6 miles south of Abbotsford, BC.  Downtown
Vancouver, BC is only an hour drive from your door.

It is a private, stand alone, one bedroom residence, that can be yours to
enjoy for a weekend retreat or extended getaway. Located in a rural setting
in Whatcom County, WA ,  Little Big House possesses big-city elegance and
luxurious comfort.

The accommodations include a large living and dining space within, a
spacious deck out under the fir trees overlooking a meandering seasonal
creek. Uplifting architecture, a fully equipped kitchen, access to the
farm's hot tub, and complete accessibility are some of the many pleasures
awaiting you at Little Big House.

Sleeping accommodations include a full-size bed in the private bedroom.
The Queen-size luxury futon, in the main living space, folds to accommodate
two additional guests.  Propane forced air heat insures your comfort. The
bathroom at the Little Big House is spacious and light.  The entire space
is wheelchair accessible and includes grab bars and a barrier-free shower.

During your stay enjoy a relaxing soak and water massage in the farm's hot
tub.  It's a perfect place for unwinding after an active day and from this
central location there's no shortage of activities.  Whether you want to
explore the sites of Vancouver, visit the local winery or prefer more
active pursuits such as hiking, biking, riding, golfing, or sailing, they
are all within easy reach.  .

For more information contact: The Little BIG House Bed and Breakfast at
Many Fold Farm, 7105 Goodwin Road, Everson, WA 98247  Tel: 360-966-5005
Fax: 360-966-7037 Web Site  Email:


                             TRAVEL CONFERENCE

After 20 years of hard work in with corporate partners and governments,
Keroul a Québec based nonprofit organization will be hosting a conference
accessible travel for people with limited abilities. This conference will
also explore new ways of traveling and will present some success stories
throughout the world. Another goal of the conference is to do the
groundwork for an international congress on adapted tourism and culture.

This event will take place at Renaissance Hotel du Parc in  Montreal, April
25 and 26.  For information: (514) 252-3104 or


             Disabled Radio Host Tour Operator Team Up
               For An Accessible Tour To Australia
                     "On A Roll Down-Under"
Syndicated radio talk show personality Greg Smith will be hosting a trip to
Australia for some of his listeners in August.  What¹s different about this
trip is that Smith, the listeners, and the owner of the company running the
tour are all people with disabilities.  On a Roll, the nationally
syndicated talk radio show on life and disability, and NeverLand Adventures
Inc., the premiere accessible tour operator to Australia are teaming
together to present, "On A Roll Down-Under," a very unique tour to
Australia, August 9th to August 23rd, 2000.

On this fourteen-day fully accessible adventure travelers can expect to
experience a full range of what Australia has to offer.  Highlights of the
trip will include up close and personal experiences with Australia's unique
wildlife, world-class cities with incredible dining, shopping and culture.
Plus a private tour of the Sydney Opera House, a visit to one of
Australia¹s premiere wineries, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, a
visit to the rainforests, Aboriginal history & culture, and much, more.

For more information about "On A Roll Down Under," contact Andy Huesing,
NeverLand Adventures, 800-717-8226,, or On A Roll
Communications: Greg Smith, On A Roll Communications (937) 767-1838,


                          HAWK VALLEY RETREAT

French-country appointed home on 10 secluded acres just minutes from
Galena, Illinois.  There are three guestrooms, each with private entrance,
TV/VCR, and bath. Other features include;  panoramic views; wraparound
deck, antique fireplace in living room, book & video library, central air,
gardens, fishing pond and porch swing.  The homes one guestroom and bath
are fully accessible with reserved parking, wheelchair ramped entry into
house, and access to deck from your private entrance.

The accessible guestroom (The Swan Room) is large and has a king size bed.
The bathroom has a roll-in shower with hand-held shower and shower stool.
The sink is accessible and the toilet is raised.

Historic Galena, with all it's sightseeing and shopping, is only ten
minutes away. Tennis, golf, horseback riding, downhill and cross-country
skiing, hiking, trolley & lead mine tours, dog racing, riverboat gambling &
cruises on the mighty Mississippi River are all nearby.

For more information contact: Hawk Valley Retreat, 2752 West Cording Road,
Galena, IL 61036 Phone: 815 / 777-4100.  Web site:


                 Northern California Non-Profit Publishes
                    San Francisco's First Access Guide

"Where can I find an accessible taxi in San Francisco?"  "Can
wheelchair-users tour Alcatraz Island?"  "What Union Square Hotels have
roll-in showers?"  "Is there any airport transportation at SFO that can
accommodate my scooter?"  "Do any San Francisco theaters offer ASL
interpreted performances?"

These are just a few of the important access questions that Bonnie
Lewkowicz answers in "Access 2000 San Francisco"; San Francisco's first
official access guide.  Published by Access Northern California (ANC),
"Access 2000 San Francisco" contains access information on hotels,
restaurants, museums, and shopping.  Hotel information is listed in
easy-to-read tables, while area maps depict locations of hotels and popular
tourist attractions.  "Access 2000 San Francisco" also contains access
information about sports and recreation opportunities, including local
parks and trails.  This helpful guide is packed full of useful information
and resources, and it's available free from the San Francisco Convention
and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

As founder of ANC, Lewkowicz understands the importance of making access
information readily available to the general public. ANC is a non-profit
travel information and consultation service for travelers with disabilities
and the hospitality industry.  Says Lewkowicz, "I wanted to produce an
access guide that was more than just fluff; something that I would find
useful if I were a tourist".  But "Access 2000 San Francisco" is not just
for tourists.  "It's also a great resource for locals," adds Lewkowicz, "as
it also contains access information on public transportation, restaurants
and theaters"

"This is the first of, what I hope will be, many access guides for the
Northern California area," says Lewkowicz.  ANC also hopes to repeat the
success of "Access 2000 San Francisco", by making it an annual publication.
 In fact, research is already underway for "Access 2001 San Francisco".

"Access 2000 San Francisco" is available free from the San Francisco CVB at
415-391-2000 or (TDD) 415-392-0328.  Alternatively you can pick up a copy
at the Visitors Information Center located at 900 Market St., or order one
on-line at

                       VIRGINIA TRAVEL GRUIDE

At long last the Virginia Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities is
on-line!  Before registering it with any search engines, doing press
releases, etc., they would appreciate your browsing it.  They want to make
sure it works with a variety of browsers and monitor sizes.  Please let
them know what you find. You can check it out at:


This months FEATURED DESTINATION will take you to a couple of very popular
seashore destinations located in South Carolina.  It starts in Myrtle
Beach, with suggestions of where to stay, how to get around and even where
the beach wheelchairs are located. It then takes you down to Charleston
where you can enjoy the seashore and explore its rich history as a port
city.  Last but not least we explore Hilton Head Beach with its many world
class resorts including the Disney.  Check it out at:

Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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