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The National Park Service has launched a Web site for visitors with disabilities and other special needs to help them find accessible trails, programs and activities at national parks.

The Web site —— is called “National Parks: Accessible to Everyone.”

Many individual parks have sections on their Web sites about accessibility, and the new national database is a work in progress, incorporating information as it becomes available.

The site lists places where signed interpreters can be arranged for the hearing-impaired and where visitor centers have captioned movies or services for visually impaired park-goers. There are also detailed descriptions of trails, including the type of surface, for visitors who have mobility handicaps or use wheelchairs.

Associated Press

NEW DELHI: Physically challenged persons in the Capital who are unable to use public transport in its prevalent form will soon have access to disabled-friendly means of travel. The Union Urban Development Ministry has asked the Delhi Chief Secretary to draw up a road map for making public transport in the city disabled-friendly.In a letter shot off by the Ministry, attention has been drawn to the challenges that the disabled face while using public transport. Union Urban Development Secretary M. Ramachandran, who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, has said in the letter: “It is often noticed that various road infrastructure including pedestrian paths, pedestrian crossings, bus stations, buses, etc., are not properly designed so as to be accessible to physically challenged persons thereby rendering their movement extremely difficult.”

“Even after thirteen years of passing of the Act by Parliament, the implementation in the field is not significant,” he lamented.

To make road infrastructure and transport projects easily accessible for the physically challenged, the Secretary has suggested that the State Government “either design a special bus service for physically challenged persons on the lines of ‘Dial-a-Bus’ service in the United States of America or make all the buses physically challenged-friendly.”

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The FINANCIAL — Over the past few years, Air France has been making every effort to make travel for disabled and reduced mobility

passengers as easy and simple as possible.

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In 2001, a specific assistance service called SAPHIR* was launched, the only service of its kind in the world, which gave a new dimension to our relations with our customers and greatly contributed to alleviating stress linked to organizing air travel for these passengers. The progress made, in conjunction with associations, doctors and Air France staff has been considerable, and is constantly being improved.

“The past fourteen months have undoubtedly been the most intense in terms of development, both with regard to extending access to existing services internationally and implementing new services both on the ground and on board aircraft”, declared Patrick Roux, VP Marketing Air France.

From the Exmouth Journal:

A CHARITY, which organizes holidays for seriously ill and disabled people, has opened a new caravan at an Exmouth holiday park.

The Dream-A-Way charity’s £32,000 specially-adapted luxury holiday home is at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park and takes the organization’s fleet up to six caravans at the resort.

The new caravan was officially opened by Exeter schoolgirl Ashleigh Montgomery, 14, who sufferers from Hurlers syndrome.

Ashleigh – who is visually impaired and has mobility and breathing problems – and her family enjoyed a break at Devon Cliffs in 2000, shortly after her sister Charley was born.



This comes from the Jane’s Airport Group Website and written by By Alan Osborn and Ben Vogel:

A new era in the treatment of disabled travellers at European airports will begin on 26 July 2008, when EU Regulation 1107/2006 comes into force. This will grant a number of extra rights to passengers of reduced mobility (PRM) and impose new responsibilities on airport managers.

Airlines and travel companies are already subject to important requirements under the regulation – since July 2007, for instance, it has been illegal to refuse bookings from disabled passengers. From this July, however, Europe’s airports will be legally obliged to undertake duties that either did not exist at all in the past or that were previously handled by airlines and others. Thus all European airports with traffic of more than 150,000 passengers a year will be required to assist, free of charge, PRM (a category including many elderly people as well as the disabled) all the way from arrival at the terminal to emplaning and vice versa at the destination.

Airport personnel will have to be properly trained in disability awareness and handling. This could be a major task: according to the European Commission (EC), around 10 per cent of the EU population has reduced mobility. [more]

This article is from the Canadian Press.

air_canada.jpgOTTAWA — An appeal of ruling in favour of severely disabled Canadian passengers requiring an additional seat on airlines because they need medical assistance or are obese will not be heard by the Federal Court of Appeal.

The court turned down a request by Air Canada and West Jet to hear an appeal of a Canadian Transportation Agency ruling in January that requires them to offer a free seat to obese passengers who need one, or an attendant accompanying a disabled passenger.

The ruling leaves the airlines 12 months to draft regulations on accommodating qualified disabled passengers.

“We’re thrilled,” said Laurie Beachell, national co-ordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. “I think this may be a first for air travel.” [more]

We hope you are all keeping well. Epic Enabled has some exciting new developments!

YUUB (Your ultimate unlimited bridge) from the Netherlands has invested in the luxury BLUE TANGERINE guesthouse here in Cape Town and we are happy to announce that we, Alfie & Sabine will be managing it! We will move Epic Enabled’s base to the Blue Tangerine at 3 Bodrum Close, (P O Box 422) in Noordhoek, Cape Town and operations will proceed as usual with an additional luxury Guesthouse at your disposal!

This means you can now travel to Cape Town after one of our safaris or come directly and enjoy a fully accessible 5* Guesthouse with stunning views and experience the Epic hospitality! [more]

If you are looking for a place to stay in Spain that is wheelchair friendly please take a look at this site:

Helpful information for people traveling to Spain, specifically the city of Llagostera:

Let’s Go Costa Brava apartments are especially designed to accommodate for groups of people who use a wheelchair or have reduced mobility. Not only do they have 22 new apartments with disabled access, they also provide all kinds of transport facilities, information about tourist attractions with disabled access and much more.

• You can enjoy facilities that are fully prepared for wheelchair users. (Disabled access in all rooms, bathrooms, profiling beds, disabled access swimming pool, etc.), with a service worthy of a hotel.

• Located near tourist attractions, both summer activities (beaches on the Costa Brava, etc) and cultural activities (Girona, Barcelona, museums, etc).

• With a staff who are acutely aware of your needs

• You will be given special transport for each outing & we will organize an agenda of activities adapted to each group‘s needs.

For more information visit there website –