ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol III Number 12 (13-December-2000)

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

VOLUME 3   NUMBER 12  (December)


Two Years ago, Walter and Yvonne Bernstein bought a home in a nice
subdivision in Orlando and rented it to vacationers.  Soon they had 32
rental homes, just 10 minutes away from Disney World.

They will soon be completing the first phase of construction of accessible
homes just minutes to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and
numerous other attractions.

So now Yvonnes Property Management, Inc, also operates accessible
wheelchair Short Term Rental Homes. The homes have roll in showers, roll
under sinks, wide doors, ramps to all entrances, private pools,
maneuverability in all rooms with easy outside access. The private pools
have built in spas for added enjoyment.  Pool lifts are also available for

Prices are for the entire home, not for per person or per room. It is ideal
for groups, and families.  They are even affordable for small families or
couples. Home sizes now available are 4 & 5 bedroom homes with 2 or 3
bathrooms, private pool with spa.

For more information or reservations contact: Yvonnes Property Management,
Inc., 405 Durango Loop, Davenport, (Orlando) Florida 33837.  Toll Free
1-877-714-1144 Fax (863) 424-0795.  Email:


                          THE SEASON OF SHARING

For many of us this time of year is one of giving and remembering those who
are less fortunate.  So I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about
a gift that many of you can give that will change a life.  Actually your
gift would be giving someone a life.

Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of wheelchairs are thrown
away and end up in landfills. Over 300,000 are retired into attics,
basements and back closets.

In many developing countries, if you can't walk by yourself, you must crawl
or be carried, living a life of confinement on the floor, in a bed, or a
back room.

The following organizations both have programs to get wheelchairs to people
in developing countries that need them.  Check them out and give a gift
that will change a life.

Wheels for Humanity
Wheels for the World


                      NOTE - 25% DISCOUNT EXTENDED

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch the Universal Design Guest Ranch that
recently opened has extended their Grand Opening Discount till the end of
January.  To find our more about the ranch check out their web site at



Seattle, September 25, 2000 - Holland America Line, a leader in providing
accessibility solutions for its guests, has installed the industry's first
system for the safe, comfortable transfer between ship, tender and pier for
guests using wheelchairs.

Called the Shore Tender Accessibility Project, the system was developed for
Holland America by Cap Sante Marine, Inc. of Anacortes, Wash.   First
installed on the ms Statendam in May, the custom-built $100,000-plus
prototype system was put in operation during Statendam's Alaska season.
The Statendam is currently sailing in Hawaii.  The ms Ryndam and ms
Volendam are scheduled to be outfitted with the system next, with the rest
of the Holland America fleet to follow during scheduled drydocks.

The prototype was developed to address a common challenge when guests using
wheelchairs desire to go ashore or participate in shore excursions
requiring tendering. Cap Sante Marine's unique system provides a safe,
dignified means of transporting a guest using a wheelchair down the gangway
and onto the tender while still in the chair.  The guest's wheelchair is
locked into place on a lift that runs on an inclined track from the top of
the gangway to the tender. A ramp on the tender allows the chair to be
wheeled directly aboard and locked into place atop a specially designed
scissor-lift.  That lift is then raised to provide the guest a clear view
through the tender's windows

Once dockside, the tender has a hydraulic leveling system that can be
adjusted to allow for differences in height up to 23 inches between the
dock and the tender, allowing the wheelchair to be rolled directly off the
tender and onto the dock.

"This innovative new system will make it possible for guests who previously
were unable to go ashore to enjoy our ports of call and participate fully
in our shoreside activities," said Kirk Lanterman, Holland America Line
chairman. "This new tender-transfer system is just another example of
Holland America's commitment to having the most accessible ships in the

Holland America Line has long been at the forefront of accessible ship
design, and has always maintained a high percentage of handicap-accessible
staterooms across all price categories on its vessels

In addition, guests may request TDD equipment, amplified telephones, visual
alert alarms, bed vibrating alarms, closed caption decoders on televisions,
and flashing light door buzzers. The ms Rotterdam, ms Volendam, ms Zaandam
and ms Amsterdam (the line's newest ship) all were built with a closed loop
listening system in the main show.


This guide was put together by Gordon Couch and the Access Project which is
 located in London.  They have also published books on Access in London and
Access in Paris over the past few years.

Many people who have trouble getting around would like to join the throng
of visitor to Israel - but so far have been put off by reports of
difficulties and lack of amenities.  While there are certainly still
challenges, things have improved.  Armed with this guide, many disabled
travelers can now enjoy their visit.

This is the third edition of Access in Israel but, is based on research
work carried out in 1998/99, it is by far the most comprehensive.  Survey
teams have visited virtually every site and hotel.  They have all been
wheeled into or walked over and therefore the information is first hand -
rather than hearsay.

Jerusalem, the Dead Sea region, PNA areas, Tel Aviv and surroundings, Haifa
and north coast, Galilee and the Holan, Be'er Sheva, the Negev and Eilat -
all are covered with the help of maps (one pull-out) and diagrams, a
section in color and the well established Access Symbols.

You can obtain a copy by contacting the Access Project 39 Bradley Gardens,
West Ealing, London W13 8HF United Kingdom or you can email Gordon Couch at   There is no charge but people are requested to
make a donation towards the considerable research and publication costs.

The suggested contribution for one of the guides is 10 or US $15, plus
postage.  If you sending money from abroad, please send cash.  Checks drawn
on foreign banks cost a disproportionate amount to put through a bank
account.  If you have a British bank account then checks should be payable
to "Access Project".


                              (Second Edition)

The 67-page guide is a product of the American Society of Interior
Designers (ASID) Georgia Chapter and Shepherd Center, a care hospital in
Atlanta that is an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

ASID members organized the listing of locations, developed the survey,
conducted detailed, on-site surveys, using guidelines from the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA).  As a community service project, the guide
involved thousands of volunteer ours from ASID.

Shepherd Center and ASID reviewed other accessibility guides, contacted
community agencies and researched services for people with a variety of
disabilities.  Shepherd Center funded production of the guide with the
generous support of ERB Industries.

Hopefully, this accessibility guide will encourage even more facilities in
Atlanta to become accessible to the 500 million people with disabilities in
the world.

The guide starts with a list of many services and resources available to
travelers.  Sites that have been surveyed include attractions, banks,
hotels, museums, parks, restaurants, shopping, sport venues, supermarkets,
theaters and places of worship.  To get a copy call Shepherd Center at
(404) 350-7330 or the ASID Georgia Chapter Office at (404) 231-3938.  You
can also view the guide in its entirety at


The Winter 2001 issue of Emerging Horizons Accessible Travel News has just
been released.  It sports a high gloss new look and has been expanded to
sixteen pages.  Emerging Horizons, now in its forth year of publication, is
packed full of travel stories, news and travel tips.  Regular features
include the Insider which is a column that reports on accessible Bed $
Breakfasts and Country Inns, Gems and Germs, a list of properties that have
roll-in showers & guaranteed reservations and my favorite from the Editor's
Desk.  It covers a wide range of topics and often makes you look at issues
that travelers with disabilities face in a new light.

Emerging Horizon's policy is:  "In order to bring readers unbiased
information, they accepts no advertising."  The magazine comes out
quarterly and costs $14.95 for a one year subscription in the US and $19.95
outside the US.  For more information or to order contact Candy & Charles
Creative Concepts, P.O. Box 278, Ripon, CA 95366.  Phone (209) 599-9409
Fax: (209)599-9482. Email:  You may also
want to check out their website at where you
can learn more about the publication, subscribe to their online version or
order a sample copy of the publication.


 (The following article was written By Don Russell and was distributed by


By Don Russell

October 28, 2000

PHILADELPHIA -- When pigs fly . . . they fly first class.

At least, that's the service one pampered porker received last week aboard
a  US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Seattle.

In a bizarre episode that rattled flight attendants and embarrassed airline
officials, a 300-pound pig was boarded into the cabin of a Boeing 757 and
flown nonstop with 200 other passengers on a six-hour flight across the

Sources familiar with the incident said the pig's owners convinced the
airline that the animal was a "therapeutic companion pet," like a guide dog
 for the blind.

"I guess it was supposed to be a seeing-eye pig," said a witness aboard the
flight. "Frankly, I couldn't tell what kind of therapeutic service it was

"All I know is, it was ugly and it pooped."  A chagrined airline spokesman
provided few details.

"We can confirm that the pig traveled, and we can confirm that it will
never happen again," US Airways spokesman David Castelveter said Thursday.
The pig flew Oct. 17, aboard US Airways Flight 107, from Philadelphia to
Seattle-Tacoma Airport. Its owners, who were unidentified, were described
as two women, one in her 30s, the other a senior.

An internal incident report said the owners claimed they had a doctor's
note that required them to fly with the animal.  "According to Philadelphia
agent who talked to passenger over phone, passenger described pig as being
13 pounds, so based on this info, authorization was given," the report

"I'd estimate 300 pounds," said one source aboard the flight. "It took four
people to wheel it in, past security and to the gate. And they were

US Airways policy allows passengers to fly with so-called "service"
animals. Usually, though, the companion is a trained guide dog or other
small pet.

Though flight attendants objected, the incident report says US Airways'
legal and consumer affairs departments cleared the pig for takeoff.

Baggage charges were waived and the pig was seated on the floor, in the
first row of first class.

It was so big, much of its bulk extended into the aisle, according to the

"It didn't smell, it was a clean pig," said a witness on board the flight.
"It slept almost the whole time, like a pig in a blanket."

It wasn't till the aircraft taxied into Seattle that the pig wreaked havoc.

Squealing loudly, it madly ran loose through the aircraft and tried to
enter the cockpit. It finally found refuge in the food galley, where it
refused to budge.

"Many people on board the aircraft were quite upset that there was a large
uncontrollable pig on board, especially those in the first-class cabin,"
the incident report stated.

Finally, someone lured the pig from the galley with food.

Then, the two female owners -- struggling to control the porcine beast --
managed to drag it out of the aircraft and into the jetway.

That's where it left its mess.


CHECK OUT this month's Feature Destination at  It is San Diego one of the
most accessible destinations in the world.  Find out where to stay, what to
and how to get around.


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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