Dec.  2012—Feb. 2013 Global Access News Travel E-Zine
GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 1, Dec. 2012—Feb.  2013
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Welcome to the Dec.  2012—Feb. 2013 Global Access News Travel E-Zine
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel tips and experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL IN GREECE
2. BERMUDA: ACCESSIBLE TRANSIT
3. ACCESSIBLE MAUI CONDO
4. SPECIAL NEEDS CHICAGO
5. ACCESSIBLE ISRAEL BROCHURE NOW ONLINE
6. BLUE RENTAL: WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VANS IN ITALY, FRANCE & SWITZERLAND
7. ROME: COMFY @ COLISEUM WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE FLAT

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1. ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL IN GREECE

A visit to Greece in a wheelchair takes a great deal of access research and planning, but Accessible Travel in Greece is now available to smooth your path. They can help plan an accessible visit for both individuals and groups. They offer a range of accommodations (3, 4 & 5-star hotels), transportation, cruises, tours and more. Check their web site for the many travel adventures they can provide See http://www.accessibletravel.gr/

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2. BERMUDA: WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TRANSIT

Bermuda’s Suburban Transit Mini bus Service provides an accessible mini bus
that holds two wheelchairs and 18 passenger seats. They offer transportation for sightseeing tours, beach excursions, transportation, etc. Learn more at http://bermudaholidaysgroundtransit.com/

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3. ACCESSIBLE MAUI CONDO

Bruce Bernhardt wrote to tell readers about the availability of his wheelchair accessible Maui condo.

I am a C 5/6 quad and I have a wheelchair accessible condo located on the beach of Maui that I rent out for holiday rental. Preview the condo and learn other useful Maui disability info from my website http://www.mauiaccessiblecondo.com/ Contact Bernhardt at info@mauiaccessiblecondo.com or call me at 250 545 6158. 

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4. SPECIAL NEEDS CHICAGO

Michelle Dacy, of Special Needs Chicago,
wrote to announce the availability of their transportation service. Dacy writes: “We provide physically challenged individuals throughout Chicago and the suburbs with safe, reliable, comfortable and courteous transportation service at an affordable cost. We provide a friendly voice for caregiver support, elders and disabled individuals who desire companionship, and assisting family members by spending time talking with their loved ones through nationwide companion calls. Learn more at www.specialneedschicago.org
Tel: 630-668-9999.

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5. ACCESSIBLE ISRAEL BROCHURE NOW ONLINE

 

Tourists and visitors with disabilities who are planning to visit Israel will now be able to download “Accessible Israel,” a 22-page full-color booklet in English. http://goisrael.com/other/flashbooks/all/accessibleisraelenglish/index.html

 

The brochure, written by Eli Me’iri, an experienced tour guide who specializes in tours for people with special needs, offers the disabled traveler a wide range of tour routes in the north, center and south of Israel, as well as in Jerusalem. For each tour, there is a historical introduction and useful information on each site, including how to get there and disabled access at the site. An easy-to-read legend provides information on whether the route is accessible to the following: sight impaired; wheelchairs; those with difficulty walking; baby carriages and hearing impaired people.

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6.  BLUE RENTAL: WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VANS IN ITALY, FRANCE & SWITZERLAND

Fausto G. Ferraro at Blue Rental, offers transportation and tours for disabled people throughout Italy, Switzerland and France http://www.bluerental.it/4/accessible_travel_144632.html

Blue Rental provides wheelchair accessible vans (with or without a driver) with pick-up and drop-off service in all three countries Their transportation fleet offers different transportation solutions for 1 to 6 people travelling in wheelchairs, including minivans and self-driven automobiles. Blue Rental also provides accommodations designed to meet the needs of wheelchair users. Blue Rental is a member of “Italy for All.
Ferraro writes: We are a point of reference for the Italian disabled people who want to travel around the world, who often request our tips for a comfortable and safe journey abroad.
Visit Blue Rental at http://www.bluerental.it/4/accessible_travel_144632.html
http://www.italyforall.com/

tourism@italyforall.com

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7. ROME: COMFY @ COLISEUM WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE FLAT

Salvatore Rinaldi at comfyatcolisseum@hotmail.it  wrote to describe his newly updated wheelchair accessible adjacent apartments in the heart of Rome. Situated five minutes from the Coliseum, these two renovated first floor flats of an antique palace feature new bathrooms, new mattresses and new walls. Guests can experience comfort, peaceful nights and serenity with a doorman at your service.

The apartments have individual entrances but share the same Roman courtyard, with its traditional and antique look and a doorman at the front that guarantees our guests help and security. The two apartments together can accommodate up to 12 people.

Visitors need not have to worry about transportation: two metro stations and the main bus stops are right outside the building and/or neighborhood markets because they are all accessible to you at a short distance. Tranquility and security are guaranteed due to the excellent reliability of the daily reception service and the safe historic district it is situated in. These flats are approximately 175 square meters in size. I decided a short while ago to build on my idea and set up two apartments in the historical centre of the city, a hop and a skip away from the Coliseum and in the most striking and elegant part of Rome: "Comfy @ Colosseum"(100% wheelchair accessible) and "The Doorstep to the Colosseum".

The second apartment is first and foremost accessible to everyone and up to four fit comfortably in it, while the first apartment is accessible to everyone and in particularly those with physical disabilities, elderly, multiple families and up to seven people fit comfortably in it. Being both of them side by side separated by a wall and sharing the same Roman courtyard but with two individual entrances are perfect for groups up to 11/12 people. Hygiene and cleanliness have always been of big importance to me and so I personally make sure that every room is immaculate. These apartments have been built to really make everyone feel at home and still have the sense of being in a different city swarming with culture and history. These two independent apartments are equipped with two kitchens, cookers, two dinners tables, one for four and the other for eight, fridges, freezers, microwaves, wood stove glass, dishwasher, washing machine. Two living rooms equipped with satellite TV.

A total of five double bedrooms, two of which are accessible to those who are disabled. Four bathrooms (one of which 100% wheelchair accessible equipped with large flat shower, shower chair, grab rails) complete with toilets, sinks, four showers. Also two modern sofa-beds are there and also available in the apartments a baby cot. All bedrooms and living rooms feature a professional air conditioning system, making it comfortable for all. Guide dogs are also welcome. Above all, the building has been recently inspected and all licenses have been renewed and security measures have been taken to ensure and guarantee proper safety and security.

The two apartments can also be rented separately. The largest can accommodate up to 7 people and the smaller one can accommodate up to 5.

To determine if Comfy @ Colisseum Roma meets your access needs, contact Salvatore Rinaldi at comfyatcolisseum@hotmail.it  or on his mobile: +393385058661.To view photos of the flat, visit http://www.globalaccessnews.com/romecomfyatcolliseum.htm

Visit Salvatore's web site at http://www.comfyatcolosseum.com/

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