GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 5, May 2003
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Welcome to the May 2003 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. TENERIFE RENTAL EQUIPMENT
2. ACCESS AFRICA
3. DUNG BEETLE TOURS
4. WEST INDIES RENTALS
5. MORE ACCESSIBLE FARMHOUSES
6. CHICAGO DISABILITY TRANSIT
7. NEW ZEALAND: NORTH ISLAND & ALL THAT JAZZ

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1. TENERIFE RENTAL EQUIPMENT


The Orange Badge Machine S.L. in Tenerife is now available to rent, sell, and service wheelchairs, electric scooters, and other disability aids to both vacationers and residents in Tenerife.

According to the company, both the Las Americas and Los Cristianos resorts are wheelchair friendly and are fast becoming the premier European destinations for wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. To learn more, visit their website www.orangebadge.com where you’ll also find listings for mobility friendly accommodations.

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2. ACCESS AFRICA

Access Africa offers wheelchair accessible accommodation and specially adapted vehicles to tour South Africa, a country rich in diversity of culture, language, and landscape, including the subtropical coastlines, the bushveld, wetlands, and marine reserves. Access Africa also provides access to personal care assistants. Learn more about their tours at http://www.accessafrica.co.uk/homepage.shtml

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3. DUNG BEETLE TOURS

Dung Beetle Tours, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, recently announced their new tour bus service for disabled travelers. They operate tours to Kruger National Park and surrounding areas and use a specially adapted bus that is configured to accommodate eight guests. The seven-day tours include wheelchair accessible accommodation and facilities. Mike, the tour leader, uses a wheelchair. To learn more about their tours, visit www.Dungbeetle.co.za or write dung@dungbeetle.co.za
Phone: +27 11 425 6137


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4. WEST INDIES RENTALS


Don O’Neal, of the UK, wrote us about the two accessible apartments his parents rent to visitors to the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies. The apartments feature wheelchair access to the bathroom, including a wheel-in shower. To ascertain if these units suit your access needs, write Don at DON@oneal98.fsnet.co.uk

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5. MORE ACCESSIBLE FARMHOUSES


After last month’s newsletter post about the accessible farmhouse in Umbria, Italy, Gyl Stacey (who previously shared her adventures in Portugal, Seville, and Egypt) wrote to tell us of her positive experience at another Italian farmhouse. Gyl wrote: “It was interesting to see that an accessible farmhouse in Umbria was included on your list this month. There is a website, which lists Agriturismo's (farmhouses) in Italy, which have been adapted for disabled users at http://www.agriturismo.com/holidays_handicap_uk.htm

Two years ago, we stayed at one of the organic farmhouses listed, Santa Brigida. It was in a spectacular location in the "real" Umbria, with a specially adapted apartment suitable for two persons. It had a small vegetarian restaurant attached to it where we enjoyed the wonderful range of Italian foods and the company of the cook, bottle washer, and all-round entertainer, Gianna. The owners were of terrific help, and their friendliness made the holiday quite memorable. http://www.agriturismo.com/santabrigida/default_uk.htm

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6. CHICAGO DISABILITY TRANSIT


Michelle Dacy announced the availability of Chicago’s taxi service for people with disabilities. To learn more, contact Michelle at:
Chicago Disability Transit
230 E. Ohio
Chicago, IL 60611
312-335-1244
E-mail: MichelleRTC@aol.com

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7. NEW ZEALAND: NORTH ISLAND & ALL THAT JAZZ

Join Ian & Viv Hawkin’s adventure as they tour the range of New Zealand’s cities and towns including Auckland, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Manganui, Coromandel, Gisbourne, Napier, Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton. http://www.globalaccessnews.com/nzealandhawkins03.htm

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Global Access News welcomes your travel reports, tips and comments at clearpath@cox.net
Thanks for sharing!

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