Accessible Travel

Last updated: May 26, 2016

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  • Access-Able Travel provides access information for many destinations within Australia. The Personal Travel Information service will take all the hard work out of your travel arrangements for you. They will put together a sample itinerary of accessible accommodation and attraction possibilities at your chosen destination. They also have a Full Travel Planning and Booking Service.
  • Accessible Europe tourism for all
  • Access Northern California
    • San Francisco Muni's accessible services and features. a free guide for travelers with disabilities
    • San Francisco Mayor's Office on Accessibility (MOD) The mission of the Mayor’s Office on Disability (MOD) is to ensure that every program, service, benefit, activity and facility operated or funded by the City and County of San Francisco is fully accessible to, and useable by, people with disabilities. MOD is responsible for overseeing the implementation and local enforcement of the City and County of San Francisco’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other federal, state, and local access codes and disability rights laws. (in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Tagalog)
    • GoNomad, A Guidebook for Disabled Travelers, GoNOMAD Book Excerpt—San Francisco
  • Accessible Island Tours: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Roatan, Honduras, Wheelchair Transportation Service
  • Accessible Travel Information lists many resources for traveling with a disability. This website also provides a printer-friendly version.
  • Air Travel
    • Accessible Air Travel [2015 update] (.pdf), a free publication from the United Spinal Association's Spinal Cord Resource Center. Also, a print version is available for sale. Provides information about the types of airline equipment for passengers with disabilities now required by law. It also contains recent changes in regulations implementing the Air Carrier Access Act. Although air travel today is available to most people, barriers to access still exist. A passenger with a disability may encounter obstacles just to reach an airplane seat. It is vitally important for travelers with disabilities and their companions, travel agents, and others involved in air travel to know what to expect from the time an airline reservation is booked to the moment the flight touches down.
    • New Guidelines Debunk ‘Economy Class Syndrome’
    • Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability
    • Luggage Tips for Wheelchair Travel – Packing to Carrying A wheelchair user needs significant trunk control to handle the weight of a heavily loaded backpack. So what do you do when you have a lot of stuff to carry combined with a maneuverable but "tippy" wheelchair?
    • Lost Luggage
    • Passengers with Disabilities
    • U.S. Department of Transportation Toll-Free Hotline for air travelers with disabilities:
      • Voice: 1-800-778-4838
      • TTY: 1-800-455-9880

      The Hotline is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, seven days a week. It serves two main purposes: (1) education and (2) assistance in resolving disability-related air travel problems.

  • Accessible Hotels in Greece [Greece]
  • Accessible Travel Resources, a traveling with disabilities guide from BootsnAll Travel, "the ultimate resource for the independent traveller"
  • Armchair World: Handicapped-Accessible Tours fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting…
  • Old Town Nice France Accessible Guided Tour This accessible Nice walking tour can begin from the Nice cruise dock or your accessible hotel in downtown Nice. During your half-day walking tour you'll stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais boulevard that runs along the ocean. Your accessible Nice tour will also visit the narrow winding streets of Le Vieux Nice including the colorful markets, Baroque churches, and pastel houses. The tour has a 3 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses step-free routes along the tour route. It did not receive a higher rating because you may encounter cobblestones and hills during the tour. If you are arriving at the Villefranche cruise dock, the Monaco cruise dock, or the Cannes cruise dock, you can book a Nice accessible van tour instead. Some entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country stating the percent of their disability.
  • Car Travel
    • Accessible Rental Vans for Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other states
    • Adaptive Vehicle Guide Information Reprinted with permission from the American Automobile Association, AAA World Magazine, May/June issue, 2000.
    • Adaptive Automotive Equipment (.pdf). [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about adapting automobiles for disabled drivers. Significant improvements have been made in the technology of adaptive automotive equipment, giving individuals with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) more options than ever for getting back behind the wheel of a car. Take a look at how adaptive controls can make a big difference in the quality of someone’s life.
    • Disabled Access in Washington, DC accessiblity information and resources for the Nation’s Capital
    • Eastern Mobility customized transportation solutions for physically challenged individuals
    • From Frank Gorden Auto Service: "The Ultimate Guide To Driving with Disabilities"
    • NHTSA’s Automotive Safety Issues for Persons with Disabilities
    • Mobility Independent Transportation Systems, Inc. (M.I.T.S.) driving equipment, van conversions, scooters, and power chairs [Mid-Atlantic region]
    • Motorsafe Brochure (.pdf). [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about safe driving. Safe motoring starts with information and United Spinal is offering a useful new brochure providing critical safety tips to remember when operating any type of motorized equipment. Whether it’s a car, a boat, a snowmobile, or any popular recreational vehicle, MotorSafe is your guide to staying in control and staying safe.
    • Motor Vehicle Safety Tips (.pdf). [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about safe operating of motor vehicles. This handy bookmark is a compact overview of motor vehicle safety, with eye-opening statistics and a convenient list of important facts to help you avoid the most common errors when operating any type of motorized vehicle. Concise, portable, informative, this Motorsafe bookmark is a perfect reminder for drivers of all ages.
    • North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)
    • Ride-Away adaptive equipment, driving controls, handicap accessible rental vans [Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Virginia]
    • Wheelers Handicapped Accessible Van Rentals
  • Currency Conversion Calculator for current and live exchange rates, and exchange rates from 1990 through yesterday
  • Disabled Sailing
    • Adaptive Sailing
    • Disabled Sailing of British Columbia (DSA-BC) Sailing for people with significant physical disabilities got its start in Canada in 1989, when Sam Sullivan used a British-made Sunbird dinghy to launch the first few sails at the Jericho Sailing Centre on English Bay. Today, the Disabled Sailing Association of BC (DSA-BC) operates eight specially designed Martin 16 sailboats and hosts between 800 and 1,000 sailing experiences annually at Jericho and more from its affiliated branches in Victoria, Chemainus and Kelowna. Inspired by DSA-BC and Sam Sullivan's efforts to expose more and more people with very high levels of physical disabilities to the sport, adaptive sailing has now spread across Canada, throughout the US and around the world. Disabled sailing now plays a major role in the Summer Paralympics every four years. [Canada]
    • http://www.disabledsailingbc.org/links.shtml List of disabled sailing sites.
    • Canadian Yachting Association: Sailors With Disabilities: http://www.ablesailnetwork.com/index.php/en/
    • DR Yachting provides barrier-free, fully accessible, sailing charters on the Greek islands for people of all ages with disabilities or mobility impairments. [Greece]
    • Sailability USA: http://www.sailability.org/
  • Emergency Evacuation and Traveler's Services
  • Four Communities Improve Civic Access, an ADA report: San Antonio, Texas | Springfield, Missouri | Summers County, West Virginia | Fernandina Beach, Florida
  • Global Access News
  • The National Ability Center offers a wide variety of programs both seasonally and year-round. Activities include alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hippotherapy, indoor rock climbing, swimming, archery, sled hockey, cycling, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and challenge course activities. In each of the last three years, individuals and their families participated in more than 19,000 lessons and outings. Because safety is the first priority, instruction is provided by professional, certified instructors and complemented by trained interns and volunteer assistants. More than 850 volunteers contribute over 20,000 hours annually. Many of the instructors and volunteers are also individuals with disabilities and serve as role models for our participants.
  • Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH) Facebook page
  • Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH) Mobility Scooter Etiquette tips for individuals with special needs to help make life safer and more enjoyable for everyone
  • Subway Navigator [France]
  • Travel for the Disabled from Routes International
  • Train Travel
  • Travel questions, tips, and publications, U.S. State Department passports, visas, foreign adoptions, and tips for residents and nonresidents
  • WheelchairNet’s travel tips—Traveling when using a wheelchair