Accessible Travel for the Disabled

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    The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) covers access regarding air travel on all U.S. airlines and on any foreign-flagged flight departing or arriving in the United States. The enforcement agency for the ACAA is the Department of Transportation (DOT). A common misconception shared by many is that air travel is covered under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is not. Air travel is addressed in the ACAA, which was established in 1986 and actually predates the ADA. It was most recently revised...Read More
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    Anybody who tells you that your travels will be trouble free is either a liar or a fool. There are no guarantees in life, and travel by its very nature is unpredictable. There are numerous variables involved on any given trip, and theoretically something could go awry at any stage. Add accessibility issues to this equation and your odds of experiencing a travel mishap greatly increase. This shouldn't scare or discourage you; it should simply prepare you. Expect something to go wrong at some point...Read More
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    Europe is a very popular vacation spot, and thanks to the work of organizations like the European Network of Accessible Tourism (ENAT), a high degree of access is found throughout the European Union. Composed of regional tourist boards like Visit Britain and the Athens Ministry of Tourism, as well as disability organizations such as Tourism for Alla, ENAT fights for the removal of architectural barriers and works to improve access to public transportation. And on the customer service side of things,...Read More

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Candy Harrington

Candy B. Harrington is a widely acknowledged expert in the field of accessible travel for people with disabilities. She founded the magazine Emerging Horizons, an accessible travel magazine, and has published widely on this subject. She recently wrote the book Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. She contributed a chapter to the book Kids On Wheels, a resource guide for wheelchair-using kids and their parents. Her work can also be found in many disability-related...

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