GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME VII, NUMBER 10, October 2006

Copyright © 2006, Global Access News

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Please note: Any Internet links mentioned in this e-zine were verified as functioning as of the date listed at the top. Web sites and e-mail addresses, however, change frequently, so changes may have occurred after that date.

 

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Welcome to the October 2006 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

 

CONTENTS

 

1. EASTERN EUROPE: ACCESSIBLE VAN RENTALS

2. LONDON TRAVEL BUDDIES

3. UPDATE ON ACCESSIBLE CRUISES

4. COSTA DEL SOL: EUROCARE MOBILITY

5. SYDNEY ACCESS NOT EQUAL FOR ALL

6. MEDICULTURE: ACCESSIBLE SICILY

 

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1. EASTERN EUROPE: ACCESSIBLE VAN RENTALS

 

Finally an accessible wheelchair van/car rental agency on the continent! While Handicapeer accessible vans and cars are based near the airport in Budapest, Hungary, they offer a pick-up service and can also arrange to transfer their vehicles to anywhere in Europe. Discover more at http://www.handicapeer.com/

 

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2. LONDON TRAVEL BUDDIES

 

Disabled Londoners needing assistance with navigating the city’s maze of accessible public transit options can now turn to the Travel Buddies program. London’s City Hall now has a squad of six buddies on hand who advise disabled people how to travel throughout the city. Plans are in the works to add more buddies in preparation for London’s 2012 Olympics.

 

To book a Travel Buddy, call 020-7027 5821 during business hours, or check out accessible stations at www.tfl.gov.uk

For a list of accessible stations,  log onto www.tfl.gov.uk

 

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3. UPDATE ON ACCESSIBLE CRUISES

 

The September 17, 2006 “Chicago Tribune” offered an excellent article on the latest in wheelchair accessible cruises. If you’ve never taken a cruise before, this article is a must-read before booking one. Check it out while it is still available at

http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/chi-0609170276sep17,1,3199465.story?coll=chi-travel-hed

 

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4. COSTA BLANCA: EUROCARE MOBILITY

 

Julie Parkin, of Eurocare Mobility on Spain’s Costa Blanca, wrote to share the news of their new mobility sales / rental service.

 

Eurocare Mobility specializes in the sales and rentals of wheelchairs, scooters, electric hoists, pressure relief mattresses, as well as bathroom equipment and bedroom accessories.

 

Recently, they launched their own fully adapted holiday accommodation—a 5- bedroom luxury apartment on the ground floor of their villa Las Vinas, in Calpe Costa Blanca. There are two twin bedrooms with both the fully adapted ensuite bathrooms that include a roll-in shower, toilets that allow transfer from sides, adjustable sinks and a turning radius of 1m.

 

The villa also provides a 10m x 5m private pool and a hoist. The apartment includes an electric hoist and a height-adjustable shower/commode that enables wheelchairs to fit over the toilet.

 

All areas of the villa are accessible to a wheelchair user. For more information, contact Julie Parkin at

 

Eurocare Mobility Services C.B.

Tel: (00 34) 966 866 977

Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm & Sat 9am - 2pm

Tel: (00 34) 667 391 177 - 24 hour mobile

Fax: (00 34) 966 864 236

E-mail: info@eurocaremobility.com

Web: www.eurocaremobility.com

 

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5. SYDNEY ACCESS NOT EQUAL FOR ALL

 

According to theStar Observer,” Sydney, Australia is less accessible to wheelchair users than many of that continent’s cities. Get the access lowdown on Down Under at

http://www.ssonet.com.au/display.asp?ArticleID=5690

 

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6. MEDICULTURE: ACCESSIBLE SICILY

 

Agata, of Sicily’s Mediculture Social Cooperative, wrote to share their new web site devoted to access in Sicily.

 

Mediculture specializes in arranging accessible tourism, transportation and accommodation services for disabled people throughout Sicily and the rest of Italy. They plan Itineraries according to the individual disabled traveler’s needs and the accessibility of the sites. Write Agata at agata@mediculture.it or learn more at www.mediculture.it

 

Mediculture Società cooperativa sociale

via Italia, 32 92020 Palma di Montechiaro (AG), Sicily, Italy

Infotel   (+39) 393-9837730, Fax   (+39) 0922-013115

Phone: (+39) 393-9837730
 

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