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Transportation

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Accessible maps, accessible routes, greenspaces, and modes of transportation connect us within our communities and to other communities. How do we make transportation accessible, usable, safe and comfortable for everyone in the community and beyond? Click here to see discussions about spatial organization, ticketing issues, platforms, etc.  To search for more related information, you can go to our Search Page.

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Accessible Route AUDIT

People with disabilities frequently encounter obstacles when they attempt to get from point A to point B. Do you have a particular walkway or route on campus that you know has caused a problem for someone with a disability? Feel free to try out this AUDIT to see how universally desgned the route is. What is the impact of special events parking on an accessible route? This AUDIT has guidelines when detours are necessary.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Accessible Route AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Accessible Route AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Cruise Ship Wheelchair Accessibility

This website includes an article and video advice for cruise passengers with disabilities who need a little help getting around ships and ports. The key is to plan ahead so you can minimize those challenges. This includes wheelchair-accessible staterooms and transportation, lifts for jacuzzis and swimming pools, and close-captioned TVs. Most cruise lines have an accessibility coordinator to answer questions.

AARP

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A More Accessible Map

Is there a way to display text-based data on a map, keeping it accessible, useful, and visually attractive? Yes there is by using an accessible CSS-based map in which the underlying map data is separated from the visual layout. This web article explains, and gives an example for making web-based maps more accessible.

Duffy, S - "A List Apart"

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Accessibility: Mass Transit for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

This short web page is a compilation of frequently asked questions regarding the needs and barriers regarding accessible mass transit for people who are blind or visually impaired. Some examples of the ways that transit systems have become more inclusive are providing large-print, high-contrast, and non-glare informational signs in terminals and providing external speakers that announce vehicle identification information. More examples on site.

American Foundation for the Blind

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Accessible Air Travel: A Guide for People with Disabilities

ABLE to Travel provides knowledgeable travel agents that have dealt with all types of issues that an traveler using a wheelchair or who has limited mobility may encounter during a trip. A service enables travelers to use services, such as accessible ground transportation to and from the airport, stowage of wheelchairs and other mobility equipment on board an aircraft, accessible hotel accommodations, including rooms with roll in showers, cruises, medical equipment at your destination, etc.

Able to Travel

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Accessible Tourism and Outdoor Recreation in California

Access Northern California is a non-profit organization working to increase opportunities and improve access to travel and outdoor recreation for people with disabilities and seniors throughout Northern California. Access Northern California offers free accessible travel guides on the outdoor locations in the San Francisco area such as trails and parks. This organization also offers consultations, workshops, and training to businesses and government agencies to educate organizations about travel and disability.

Access Northern California

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All-Inclusive Escorted Vacations for Travelers with Developmental and Physical Disabilities

"Search Beyond Adventures provides all-inclusive escorted vacations for travelers with both physical and cognitive disabilities, ages 17 and older. The majority of their travelers have developmental disabilities, but they accommodate physical disabilities as well. Group sizes range from 5 to 25 travelers and vary in length from 4 to 14 days. Program locations include: Palmer (MA), Minneapolis (MN), Orlando (FL) and Sacramento (CA)."

Search Beyond Adventures

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Alternative Leisure Company (ALC) and Trips Unlimited

This website contains information on Alternative Leisure Company and Trips Unlimited which is a New England based company that specializes in providing recreation and travel for seniors and people with disabilities. Recreational activities are throughout the US and trips are world wide. This company guarantees that no one will be denied a trip based on financial need. This company also provides one-to-one services such as door to door service and a traveling companion for those needing individualized attention.

Alternative Leisure Company (ALC) and Trips Unlimited

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Americans with Disabilities Act: Roles and Responsibilities to Accessible Transportation

The primary purpose of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program is to ensure that pedestrians with disabilities have opportunity to use the transportation system in an accessible and safe manner. Contacts, guidance and links are offered at their website.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Best Practices Design Guide-Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access

This website focuses on some of the emerging accessibility issues, design parameters that affect sidewalks, street crossing design, and operation. It provides recommendations on how to design sidewalks, street crossings, intersections, shared use paths, and recreational pedestrian trails. (Last updated 2001)

Beneficial Designs, Inc.

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Cruise Ship Accessibility - A Video

Since 2005, all cruise ships that call into U.S. ports must comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, making cruise vacations a great option for travelers with mobility issues. This brief video (not captioned) helps consumers to plan ahead.

AARP

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Cruise Travel Agents Specializing in Servicing Individuals with Disabilities

Easy Access Travel is an organization founded by a wheelchair user. This company consists of travel agents who will work with individuals with disabilities to understand their needs. Once this is completed the travel agent recommends what cruise line to use and which services will best meet their needs.

Easy Access Travel

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Equal Access to Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation has put together a page of links explaining the laws and regulations regarding the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and transportation. Transportation information along with a short list of other useful links is listed to help assist an individual with a disability in travel.

U. S. Department of Transportation

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Flying Tips for Wheelchair Users

This article zeroes in on the most common trouble spots in wheelchair air travel, and offers some tips that will make the process as hassle-free as possible.

AARP

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Holiday Travel for Individuals with Disabilities

Accessible Travel & Leisure was formed in 1997 by three individuals who use wheelchairs. These founders set out to create an agency to provide wheelchair users with “barrier-free holidays". This travel agency focuses on individualized tour planning to secure the most appropriate accommodations and services to fit ones needs.

Accessible Travel & Leisure

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Mobility Scooter Etiquette / Tips for Individuals with Special Needs

A few tips and etiquette suggestions are offered on this web page for scooter drivers to ensure that their trips are safe and enjoyable for themselves and those around them.

Special Needs Group, Inc.

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New Horizons Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability

The Air Carrier Access rules are designed to minimize the special problems that travelers with disabilities face as they negotiate their way through the nation’s complex air travel system from origin to destination

Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement, U.S. Department of Transportation

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Principles of Universal Design Involving Transportation

Notes from a Workshop on Innovation in Accessible Transport for All International Transportation Forum and the World Bank World Bank, Washington DC, Jan. 14, 2010. Covers the goals of universal design in transportation, innovative approaches – both political and practical that can be developed to bring universal design into the mainstream of urban planning and transport operation, and where universal design principals have been applied with what some tangible differences that can be identified.

Director RERC on Accessible Public Transportation IDEA Center, University at Buffalo

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Resources to Accessible Travel

Access-Able Travel Source has compiled travel information from a variety of sources. Links to provide information regarding world destinations, travel agents, cruise ships, adaptive outdoor sports and many other helpful resources are given.

Access-Able Travel Source

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Reviews on Tours, Vacations and Cruises Around the World for People with Disabilities

This website by Disabled World addresses concerns and answers questions in regards to disability travel. Questions, concerns and answers are submitted by individuals with disabilities and the site editors answer questions directly to those submitting and on the webpage.

Disabled World

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RVs for People with Disabilities

This personal website highlights one man's experience and recommended resources for people with disabilities who are interested in RVs and camping. "The advantage for handicapped individuals who RV is that once the vehicle has been physically altered to suit the driver's needs, you never need to worry about staying in hotels or campground cabins, or worry about vehicle rentals."

RVproperty.com

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Supplies for People with Disabilities on Cruises

CareVacations CruiseShipAssist is a company that offers supplies for individuals with special needs at all major ports world wide. Equipment supplied includes: wheelchairs, oxygen, mobility scooters, electronic mobility, hoists, lifts, etc. This company is the preferred provider to all major cruise lines: Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival, Celebrity, NCL and many more.

Cruise Ship Assist, Care Vacations

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The National Center for Accessible Transportation (NCAT)

"The National Center for Accessible Transportation (NCAT) is conducting basic research on accessibility issues and developing practical, cost-effective improvements in transportation technologies, with the goal of making transportation more accessible for everyone." This website presents information on accessible transportation. NCAT is the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation.

The National Center for Accessible Transportation

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The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH)

This website for the Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH), founded in 1976, provides information about an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations who support our mission.

The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH)

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Tour Guides for Individuals with Developmental and Physical Disabilities

The Guided Tour, Inc established in 1972 is the first supervised travel and vacation program in the US for people with developmental and physical disabilities. This program is run only by paid professionals with a 1:3 or even 1:1 staff to client ratio. A nurse is present on almost all trips and can be requested. This travel program is for ages 17 and older.

The Guided Tour, Inc.

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Transportation Systems for All Users

This article from Canada highlights the importance of universal design in order to accommodate for the largest number of possible users. It provides things to remember when planning to implement universal design, as well as barriers that can reduce implementation. "Universal design should be comprehensive, meaning that it results in seamless mobility options from origin to destination for the greatest possible range of potential users. It should consider all possible obstacles that may exist in buildings, transportation terminals, sidewalks, paths, roads and vehicles."

Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada

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Travel Agency Specializing in Individuals with Limited Mobility

Developed by James Glasbergen, a man with quadriplegia, World on Wheelz is a travel agency partnered with Frederick Travel to provide accessible travel trips for all people who face mobility challenges. The website explains that World on Wheelz prides itself on having a higher standard of “accessibility” than any other agency on the market. World on Wheelz’s target demographic consists of individuals with extremely limited mobility, such any individual with a cervical level spinal cord injury. Travel arrangements can be made anywhere around the world, independently or as a group with a tour guide.

World on Wheelz

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Travel Agents Specializing in Servicing Individuals with Disabilities

Able to Travel is a provider site that links knowledgeable travel agents to individuals in need of their services. Travel agents associated with this site have dealt with all types of traveling issues surrounding individuals with disabilities. This site also offers; tips for travel, trips that are currently available and specials on trips that are accessible.

Able to Travel

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Travel Independently Across Town or Across the Country - Resources

Disability.gov provides resources on transportation providers, the rights of air travelers with disabilities, paratransit and other accessible transportation options for travelers with disabilities.” A list of upcoming events, vehicle purchase/modification funding resources, transportation providers and accessibility tools are provided.

Disability.gov

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Travel Service Team Specializing in Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities

Flying Wheels Travel is a full service agency providing people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and the mature traveler the ability to easily access vacations. Originally specializing in air travel, the company now arranges any transportation accommodations, tours, excursions, and customizes vacations.

Flying Wheels Travel

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Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions - Security and Customer Service

TSA has established a program for screening of persons with disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids, and devices. Their program covers all categories of disabilities (mobility, hearing, visual, and hidden). As part of that program,a coalition of over 70 disability-related groups and organizations helped the TSA understand the concerns of persons with disabilities and medical conditions. These groups have assisted TSA with integrating the unique needs of persons with disabilities into our airport operations.

Transportation Security Administration

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Trips for Individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Trips Inc. is founded by Jim Peterson. Peterson has a master's degree in special education and has organized over 600 trips both nationally and internationally over his 27 years of leadership. Group sizes are kept around 20 travelers, with a chaperone to traveler ratio of 1:4. All chaperones are volunteers who are carefully screened. Groups are tailored to accommodate those with similar disabilities. Trips Inc. prides itself on having competitive rates.

Trips Inc.

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Trips for Individuals with Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Lucky Mindy Adventure is a supervised travel agency providing custom tours or preplanned trips for individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities. Only clients with mild to moderate disabilities can be accommodated with this agency. Most staff previously worked as nursing assistants and staffing ratios are kept near 1:4 staff members per client.

Lucky Mindy Adventure

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Wheelchair Accessible Travel to Hawaii

Access Aloha Travel Inc. is a liaison for individuals who use a wheelchair to connect with services in Hawaii. This site connects users to wheelchair accessible tours, cruises, van rentals, and hotels.

Access Aloha Travel Inc.

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Wheelchair Accessible Travel to the American West

Access Tours, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides wheelchair accessible coach bus tours throughout the West. Locations include: San Diego to Hollywood, Canyon Land, Yellowstone, Yosemite and many more. Guests come from all over the United States, as well as Europe to enjoy the relaxed paced experience.

Access Tours, Inc.

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Wheelchair Accessible World Travel

Accessible Journeys, Inc. is a wheelchair travel company servicing people who use wheelchairs, their families, and friends. This company offers tours around the world as group tours, independent travel, cruises, and bus tours. This agency has received numerous awards for it's ability to make traveling around the globe accessible.

Accessible Journeys, Inc.

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"We must continue to embrace diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms, and insist on equality of opportunity and accessibility for all. Let our efforts remind us that when we work together, we can build a world free of unnecessary barriers and include every member of our international community."

President Barak Obama, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2009