ACCESS-ABLE/Travellin' Talk Newsletter

Issue : Vol I Number 1 (05-May-2001)

Last Update: Monday, 29-May-2006 06:13:16 PDT


                         NORTH AMERICA TOURS

Each year there are many tours for travelers with disabilities, but few are
offered here in North America.  However, here are three that you might want
to check out.  They all take place in the Northeast, run between 9 and 13
days and you can choose one of the two dates each will run.

The tours are put together by a British based company, Can Be Done, Ltd.,
begin in one city and depart from another.  The first, a 12 day tour is New
York to Plattsburgh August 10th - August 21st and the tour ends at Montreal
Airport.  It will also be offered September 16th - September 27th.

The second tour is a nine-day Canadian affair starting in Montreal and
ending in Toronto. The first dates are August 23rd - August 31st and the
second dates offered are September 29th - October 7th.

The third and final option is a thirteen-day tour beginning in Niagara and
finishing up in the Big Apple.  The dates offered are September 2nd  -
September 14th and October 9th - October 21st.

For details, complete itineraries and costs contact Can Be Done Ltd.
7-11 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP, UK.  Phone: ++20 8907 2400
Fax: ++20 8909 1854 Email:  Web site:


TravelMed International is please to announce that they now service 35,910
cities in 120 countries.  When TravelMed started some ten years ago, their
main service was to provide English speaking to your hotel within 30
minutes, anywhere in the world.  Now with their phenomenal growth, they can
also arrange for medical oxygen and equipment rentals to travelers with

According to Thom Tullis founder of TravelMed, "With our new status as the
'Global Hotel-House Call' service, the Diplomatic Corp has started offering
our services to both American and foreign travelers who inquire for all
types of healthcare services while traveling outside the United States."

For more information about TravelMed and their services contact Thom Tullis
at TravelMed, P. O. Box 94225, Las Vegas, NV 89193-4225 Phone:
1-800-878-3627 Email: travelmed@travelmedi or check out heir web site

                     SATH WEST COAST SYMPOSIUM

The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) has announced that
they will be holding their second West Coast Symposium August 2-5.
Accessible San Diego, the nations first non-profit Center will be hosting
the event.  The meeting will begin Friday with breakfast and panels with
representatives from the airline and transportation industries.  After
lunch there will be an U.S. destination panel and concluded with workshops.
 On Saturday the format will be similar with panels on world destinations
and specialty travel agents. Then in the afternoon more workshops.  On
Sunday the conference will wrap up with a morning open forum.

Travel agents, tour operators, members of the hospital as well as traveler
with disabilities are encouraged to attend.  For more information and costs
contact SATH, 347 Fifth Ave., #61, New York, NY 10016.  Phone: 212-725-8253

In conjunction with the Symposium Accessible San Diego will be holding a
pre-conference training class on Centers of Accessible Tourism.  Founded in
1988 Accessible San Diego has, for the past nine years, been the foremost
information center for visitors and the local hospitality community.
This is a professional training class for Travel Professionals, Convention
and Visitors Bureaus, Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Centers. It is a "How
To Training", with the ABC'S in starting Centers for Accessible Tourism
(CATS).  It covers Market Demographics and projected economic information.
In includes strategies to welcome these consumers to your destination, and
how to keep them coming back.  For more information contact Accessible San
Diego, P.O Box 124526, San Diego, CA 92112-4526 Phone: (858) 279 0704

                    HERE ARE SOME OPTIONS FOR
                     TRAVELERS WHO ARE DEAF


                       September 23, 2001

Beasley Travel is offering a four-night cruise aboard the Sovereign of the
Seas for those who are deaf.

Everyone is welcome to join them and learn about the Deaf culture and have
a lot of fun. They plan to have Deaf entertainers at a private party that
they are giving. There will be Shawn Barnett who's stage name is Deaf
Drummer (100% deaf) Ken Glickman, a well known deaf comedian, and DR Simon
Carmel the world famous deaf magician. To obtain more details about this
and other cruises they are planning contact Beasley Travel Inc. Email: or check out their web site.


                        MIDDLESEX BED & BREAKFAST

It is a great pleasure to come across a uniquely accessible destination.
Access-Able has recently learned of a quaint bed and breakfast that is
owned and operated by a woman who is deaf..  The Middlesex Bed and
Breakfast is a century old, historic farmhouse located in Central Vermont
in the village of Middlesex.  This is a beautiful region of Vermont with
numerous white steeple churches and picturesque covered bridges.  Marge
Wells owns and operates the Middlesex B & B with the help of her working
dog, Rhett.  She is a Vermont native who is very knowledgeable about the
lesser known nooks and crannies of the region.

The Middlesex B & B has four comfortable guest rooms with a relaxed living
space all set among beautiful grounds.  They are (of course) deaf and hard
of hearing accessible!  A continental breakfast is served daily and
includes such delights as Vermont homemade muffins, bagels, and sweetbreads
along with Green Mountain Coffee and tea or juice.  Since the breakfast is
buffet style you can enjoy it at your leisure from 7 to 9 a.m.

There are plenty of local activities to keep you busy with a good variety
of antique stores, local crafts and summer festivals.. For more information
contact Marge Wells, Middlesex Bed & Breakfast, 7 Church Street, Middlesex,
VT 05602-8790. Email:
TTY: 802-233-1385. Check out their web site at


                           AFRICAN SAFARI

Paula Bonillas, editor of Hearing Health Magazine and Evette Johnson of
Titch Travel, a destination agency located in South Africa, have been
working to put together a Safari suitable for those who are deaf.  They
plan to offer group pricing.  The trip is planned for early fall.

To give you a better idea if you are safari material here is rough itinerary:

 Day 1 - Fly from Atlanta, Ga., to Cape Town, South Africa.
 Day 2 - Peruse the general area around Cape Town.  Lunch overlooking
         Indian Ocean.
 Day 3 - Visit surrounding vineyards and historic Dutch village. Lunch and
          winetasting in Franschhoek.
 Day 4 - Tour along the West Coast National Park and dinner in the
Victoria                     and Alfred Waterfront.
 Day 5 - Travel the Garden Route to Knysna along East Coast.
 Day 6 - Boat cruise along the lagoon and stop for a leisurely South
          barbeque at Featherbed Nature Resort. Later in the day, a marine
                   safari - September is a great time for whale watching.
 Day 7 - Flight from George airport to Johannesburg.  Tour of vibrant,
          cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa.
 Day 8 - Picturesque drive to private Djuma Game Reserve, where we'll spend
          three nights.
 Day 9 - Outing to see the "Big Five": lions, leopards, elephants,
rhinoceros                    and buffalo. Relaxation in African Savannah.
 Day 10- Another day of absorbing the African brush.
 Day 11- Fly from Hoedspruit Airport to Johannesburg (1 hour) and later in
                                 afternoon, return to Atlanta.
Although costs are subject to change, they estimate that for 20 people
traveling together from Atlanta, the fee will be $3510. This includes
airfare from Atlanta to Cape Town and Johannesburg and back as well as
hotels and about 2/3 of your meals. Tours and transfers are also covered.

They are currently working with the hotels and tour guides to ensure
communication access and accommodated rooms. Because this is a "first" for
such travel, it is entirely possible that they will end up assisting with
South Africa's awareness of accessibility needs.

It promises to be quite an adventure! The dates are not firm yet but
September is the targeted month. They'll need a minimum of 20 persons in
order to take advantage of these rates.

For a more detailed itinerary or information, please e-mail Paula Bonillas   If you 'd like to learn more about Hearing
Health Magazine checkout their webs site.

CORRECTION - The Tour "A British Journey" by Flying Wheels Travel June 4th
to June 18 that was mentioned in last month newsletter had their toll free
number was incorrect.  The toll free  # is 800-535-6790.   NOTE: The trip
has been moved to September 30 - October 14 for details contact Flying

                          TRAVEL WORKSHOPS

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 Expos.

For more information, cities, dates and how to get free tickets to the show
in your area click here

THIS MONTH'S FEATURED DESTINATION - Grab your mukluks!  We're heading off
to Alaska to scope out the last frontier.  Planning a trip to Alaska can be
as wild or tame as you want.  Check it out at

Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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