ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol III Number 11 (10-November-2000)

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

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to let you know that as of November 1, 2000 the Access-Able
web site has moved.  The URL remains the same, but if you had a page or
pages in the database or the Links page bookmarked, you will get an error
as the addresses on those pages have changed.  The only thing currently not
functioning is the Bulletin Board.  You may also notice some graphics
missing.  We are working hard to not only get everything in good working
order, we are also trying to make the site bigger and better.  If you have
any problems during the transition, just drop me an email and I will get
you what you need if I can.




Howard Willner has made travel planning easier with the publication of the
Roll-In Shower Guide.  Mr. Willner has compiled a list of over 2750
hotel/motels in 1500 cities in all 50 states, and it doesn't stop there!
The Roll-In Shower Guide also lists hotels/motels in Mexico, Canada, Great
Britain, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.  The book is laid out in a
simple and easy to use format organized by state and city.  Each entry
lists the name of the property and the contact number.

Born from necessity, the Roll-In Shower Guide was put together after Mr.
Willner suffered years of frustration from trying to find an accessible
room.   He put many months into accumulating this extensive list using all
of the sources he could find.  Although the guide has not been updated in a
couple of years it appears that the only update it needs are to the area
codes.   (I have used the guide countless times over the last year and have
found it to be -other than the area codes- 100% accurate).

For a limited time Access-Able Travel Source will offer these roll-in
shower guides below retail cost.  If you would like a copy please send
$25.00 plus $3.50 shipping & handling to Access-Able Travel Source, PO Box
1796, Wheat Ridge CO  80034 or call 303-232-2979.  Visa and MC accepted.


                     KEY WEST BED AND BREAKFAST

There is a great and accessible place to stay in Key West, Florida called
the Weatherstation Inn.  Their eight distinctively different guestrooms all
have wonderful views of the ocean, harbor and the gulf, respectively.
Imbued with a tropical mood and the colors of the Islands, the
Weatherstation Inn maintains the integrity of pure Key West style.  The
décor is reminiscent of the plantation homes of the British and Dutch
Indies with gleaming hardwood floors and fine furnishings.  This handsome
inn is located in a secure and private gated community on a previously
unavailable section of land that was once part of the old Navy Yard.

There is plenty of parking at the Weatherstation Inn and access to the
building is no problem with a lift to accommodate wheelchair users up a few
steps.  All of the common areas of the inn are barrier-free and they have
designated the 'Banana Wind' room for guests with special needs.  The room
itself is elegantly furnished with a king sized, four-poster bed with ample
room to maneuver about.  The private bath is quite large and equipped with
a roll-in shower and grab bars.  After settling in you will want to explore
the lush tropical landscaping which surrounds this handsome inn.  There is
a secluded private pool for your enjoyment and an inviting brick path to

Just outside the gates you will find a wanderer's paradise with Truman's
Little White House just down the street.  This was the vacation house of
President Truman and has been restored to its 1940s condition. There is a
guided tour as well as a video presentation. Only the first floor of the
house is accessible with a photo album and description available for the
upstairs.  As you saunter along you may want to check out Fort Zachary
State Historic Site, which boasts the largest collection of Civil War
cannons in the US.  The fort was a Union Army stronghold during the Civil
War and is now a popular tourist attraction.  The museum and concessions
are wheelchair accessible although parts of the fort are not due to stairs
(The restrooms are accessible).  One final suggestion is a visit to the Mel
Fisher Maritime Historical Society Museum, home to priceless artifacts such
as gold, silver and jewelry brought up from the Spanish galleon Atocha.
There is a ramped entrance in the rear and the entire museum is wheelchair
accessible including restrooms.

The Weatherstation Inn is one of the few choices for accessible Inns and
B&B's in the Florida Keys.  They have everything you need for the perfect
getaway, perfect rooms, perfect setting and perfect destination!  For more
information contact the Weatherstation Inn, 57 Front St., Key West, FL or
call 800-815-2707 or 305-294-7277.  They can also be located on the web at

                     10-DAY PANAMA CANAL ESCORTED TOUR
                 March 10-20, 2001 - Ft. Lauderdale round trip
          VISITING: Cartagena, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel
                          SHIP: Crown Princess

Sailing through the Panama Canal is more than a look at locks and lakes;
it's a firsthand look at mankind's most amazing feat of engineering.  You
will enter at sea level and then be lifted 85 feet through three separate
locks.  You'll enjoy exciting sun drenched ports, a chance to swim with the
stingrays in Grand Cayman, and explore the rain forests of Costa Rica.
Each location is more spectacular than the last and your Grand Class ship
is an accessible adventure in itself.  Accessible Journeys has reserved
every wheelchair stateroom on the Crown Princess so there's a cabin waiting
for you.

The Crown Princess designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano, boasts
sleek lines reminiscent of the dolphin. The crown-like observation lounge
and unique funnel give this ship an unmistakable look that sets her apart
from every other vessel except her twin, Regal Princess.

The Crown can carry 1590 passengers, has a spectacular three-story lobby,
extra-spacious staterooms, a gallery of boutiques and domed entertainment.
You can enjoy 24-hour dining including their charming pizzeria or the
stylish wine and caviar bar.

    1.) Wheelchair accessible staterooms (inventory guaranteed)
    2.) Roll-in showers
    3.) Personalized luggage tags
    4.) Welcome cocktail party (open bar)
    5.) Farewell cocktail party (open bar)
    6.) Group escort* (*based on group participation)
    7.) Rates per person 50% off

For more information contact Accessible Journeys, 35 West Sellers Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078.   Tel: 1-800-846-4537 or (610) 521-0339 Fax: (610)
521-6959 Email:


                         EASY ACCESS AUSTRALIA

First published in 1995, Easy Access Australia, written by Bruce Cameron a
wheelchair user himself has been updated.  The new book provides many more
wheelchair accessible transport, accommodation and attraction options to
those who want to travel and explore this great country.

EAA is not a directory or alphabetic listing.  It is a full-fledged travel
guide for anyone with some mobility limitation from wheelchair users to
amputees or seniors. Here is just some of the useful information that you
will find inside.

° Most of the traveled areas of each state, for example trip from Sydney to
  Brisbane and on to Cairns, or Sydney to Melbourne via the coast, or
  Victoria's Yarra Valley, or exploring Adelaide SA.
° Accessible transport options, for example you can explore a capital city
  or get to the see the whales at Hervey Bay by using public transport!
° Around 600 accessible accommodation options, including about 300 bathroom
  floor plans.  Options cover Hotels, Motels, Guest Houses, B&B's,
  Backpackers (yes there are a few good ones) and caravan parks (many
  provide great accessible vans),
° Nearly all of Australia's major tourist attractions are included (and
  many smaller interesting side trips as well),
° In addition, contact information is provided for hospitals, equipment
  hire, arranging attendant care, local tour operators, hiring an
  accessible vehicle and of course where to get a good feed!

In updating the guide Bruce traveled on his own through central NSW to
Brisbane before flying to the Northern Territory.  Upon returning to
Brisbane he traveled alone to Cairns and the Daintree stopping at key
travel centers like Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, The
Whitsundays and Townsville.  The return journey saw him drive the length of
the Queensland and NSW Coasts before his update work in Victoria.  Update
assistance in Tasmania, South and Western Australia was provided by experts
in those states. The whole update process took about 15months.  This work
would not have been achieved without the assistance of Tourism NSW, Tourism
Queensland, Northern Territory Tourist Commission, Ansett and a few
state-based sponsors.  Bruce's favorite phrase when describing Australia,
"Wherever you are in Australia, you're in paradise!"

Copies of Easy Australia can be ordered via the net at or contact Bruce via PO Box 218 Kew Vic 3101
Phone: 011 61 3 9853 5022 or email



Wilderness Inquiry is offering winter trips that range in activity from a
leisurely fun weekend of skiing, snow shoeing, and dog sledding for
families to extreme mushing in the woods North of Lake Superior.  Trips
last from 3 to 6 days. Trips begin over New Years weekend and continue
through mid-March.

Experience the pristine beauty of the Minnesota's winter wilderness under a
blanket of snow.  Whisk through the pines behind a team of energetic sled
dogs.  Enjoy the warmth of new friends around a bright fire.  Catch the
spectacular views of the northern lights in the clear, crisp winter sky.
As with all their trips people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are
encouraged to participate.

For complete details on these trips go to the Access-Able What's News page


FEATURE DESTINATION- Be sure to check out this month's feature destination.
It is part II of Italy, primarily taking in Rome and Venice.



Access-Able is still holding workshops at one more location this year in
Northern California.  The workshops are about traveling with special needs

     Northern California
     Dec. 1-3, 2000
     San Mateo County Expo Center
     San Mateo, California

For FREE tickets to the Expo E-mail us at Plan on
attending and don't forget to stop by and say hi.  Our booth number is


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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