ADAPTIVE SPORTS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports (GLASA)
GLASA's mission is to ensure no one sits on the sidelines. They provide a variety of programs for those with physical disabilities in Northern Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin year round, and are the hosts of the Great Lakes Regional Games, a paralympic style competition and qualifer for National Junior Disability Championships. For more information, go to http://www.glasa.org/.
Texas Rowing for All
Texas Rowing for All provides people with disabilities in Austin the opportunity to learn and compete in adaptive rowing, as well as enjoy kayaking and canoeing on Lake Austin. For more information, go to http://www.texasrowingforall.com/
AGENTS SPECIALIZING IN ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL
Easy Access Travel
Easy Access Travel is dedicated to meeting the special needs of disabled and mature travelers. Our goal is to research our clients' vacation choices and to provide them with the necessary information to make their trip enjoyable and rewarding. We achieve this by trying to eliminate "surprises" and informing our clients of the situations they may encounter. Having been to over 30 countries and 88 cruises in a wheelchair, our founder, Debra Kerper is well positioned to assist in the most complex travel requests. For more information, go to: http://www.easyaccesstravel.com/
Flying Wheels Travel
The first and most experienced travel agency for people with disabilities, chronic illness and mature traveler. With the more than 40 years experience, we develop fully accessible group travel opportunities around the world. Flying Wheels Travel also specializes in individual accessible travel arrangements and provides a travel companion service for those you may require more personal care and to provide respite for family members. For more information, go to www.flyingwheelstravel.com
Hammer Travel offers a variety of travel opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Not only do they chose destinations that are exciting and unique, they have an experienced and well-trained team to accompany each group, ensuring a safe, fun and memorable travel experience. For more information go to http://www.hammertravel.com/.
GO! Mobility Solutions
GO! Mobility Solutions' product line enables physically-challenged individuals to bathe and toilet conveniently, comfortably and safely at home or wherever they'd like to go, whenever they want to go. When the user wants, or has to travel, he or she may easily fold, pack and tow the Go-Anywhere Commode ‘n Shower Chair away in its wheeled carrying case. Constructed of anodized, lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum, the Go-Anywhere Chairs are safe, durable, easy to use, comfortable and virtually maintenance free. Customer service is second to none! For more information, go to: www.goesanywhere.com
AccessibleNiagara.com - a detailed website for mobility impaired tourists wanting to visit Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and the Niagara Peninsula. The area is not only home to the fabulous falls and its beautiful gardens and attractions but you can find world-class, award winning wineries, excellent theatre, fine dining and fun here. The site was founded in 2002 and is written by Linda Crabtree, who uses a scooter full-time. There is much detail and many photos. An Accessible Niagara brochure is also available. Linda will also answer queries regarding specific needs via e-mail. http://www.accessibleniagara.com/
DISABILITY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
Open Doors Organization
The Open Doors Organization (ODO) was founded in 2000 for the purpose of creating a society in which all persons with disabilities have the same consumer opportunities as those without. They aspire to teach businesses how to succeed in the disability market, while simultaneously empowering the disability community. In America today, marketing toward people with disabilities is hindered by myths and misconceptions. Through comprehensive research, training, and guidance in marketing strategies and ADA compliance, ODO gives large corporations and small businesses, alike, the tools they need to reach and serve the disability market. Furthermore, ODO is committed to providing job placement, educational seminars and diversity programs that improve the quality of life for the individual with a disability while opening doors to businesses and society. Through social action and research, ODO seeks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. For more information, go to: http://opendoorsnfp.org/index.html
SPINALpedia.com a community of people affected by paralysis-- people injured, family members, friends, doctors-- working together to empower each other to adapt to life with paralysis and thrive. You can see us at www.spinalpedia.com, we are sharing videos and information organized by mobility so help people adapt their lives faster.
Tourism For All UK
Tourism for All UK contains the knowledge gained over the past 30 years in providing information to the public, especially to older or disabled people, on where their specific access needs can be met so that they can fully participate in travel and leisure. They also champion the cause of accessible tourism with policy-makers in the UK and Europe. In prompting the visitor industry to cater for all needs, TFA has also developed an unrivalled knowledge and expertise to help businesses make changes that are practical and realistic. For more information, go to: https://www.tourismforall.org.uk/About-TFA.html
Kate Campbell is a seasoned Event Planning Professional who has worked with several disability groups and provides many hotel contacts for TravelinWheels site visits.
Assists Groups , Companies and Associations, in selecting locations for Meetings and Guest Rooms, around the world, at no cost. Extending preferred rates and valuable concessions. Specialized industry knowledge for accommodating Travelers' special needs. KCampbell@helmsbriscoe.com or call (847) 774-2362
GLOBAL DISABILITY RESOURCE WEBSITES
Access4wheelchairs.com is devoted to bringing you the easiest, most comprehensive way to search for anything to do with wheelchair accessibility and disability services. Everything on Access4Wheelchairs.com is focussed on facilities, services and products for the disabled. It is our aim to enable wheelchair users to find all disability services worldwide, from access to travel through to disability sports, specialised products, dating and much more. We want you to become engaged and sign up as a member to provide feedback to us and our service providers, and communicate with each other to realise our vision of a global wheelchair community.
Disability Today Network
The Disability Today (DT) Network is an online village like no other, the disability community's first social media network. They are an "exposition" of independently-hosted media channels under 15 different areas of special interest to people disabilities, their families and friends and healthcare professionals. Developed by Disability Today Publishing Group, Inc., a community pioneer and leader for over 20 years for people with disabilities, the DT Network is a revolutionary new way to bring our community together to Discover New People, Products and Places. The DT Network is the new way to connect with Today's Disability Community, to find new products and services and create new friends and partnerships
1800wheelchair.com opened in 1997 with a clear mission: to be a one stop, full service medical supply company. If you find yourself or family member with a short term injury or a long term disability, we have the products needed to help increase your mobility. http://www.1800wheelchair.com/
Serving the cruise industry for more than 20 years, CareVacations is the leading provider of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, Oxygen, and other special needs equipment for cruise passengers with disabilities and aging travelers. Working hand in hand with all major cruise lines and disability experts, and partnering closely with the travel agent community since 1988, CareVacations name is synonymous with trust, reliability, and quality. Our team is comprised of the best and most knowledgeable experts from their respective cruise industry-related fields, and combined with our longevity and reputation for excellence, CareVacations has helped enable thousands of cruisers experience their dreams of travel and adventure come true. Our services are available in cruise ports around the world and our customer service representatives are available to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more infomation, go to: http://www.carevacations.com/
Brian Johnston, who has been a spinal cord injured quadriplegic for over 37 years, spent that time traveling, hunting, fishing, camping, and competing in sports. He has created or adapted many products as a result of wanting to do things himself. His products offer those with disabilities workable and convenient tools to assist them in they everyday lives. http://www.ideamobility.com/
Mobility 4 Kids
Innovative Products, Inc., through Mobility4kids, custom-builds mobility equipment for people with disabilities and specifically children with disabilities. Innovative Products' equipment allow children with disabilities to sit or stand and gives them freedom and independence plus allows them to do fun things their friends do. Even adults can use our beach wheelchairs and all terrain wheelchairs. http://www.mobility4kids.com/
RESOURCES FOR NURSING
All Things Nurses empowers nurses by providing resources to support their professional and personal lives. For more information, go to http://www.allthingsnurses.com/.
Preferred Travel Helpers
Preferred Travel Helpers' Mission is to enable everyone to travel by providing trained, bonded, CPR Certified, caring Helpers to make every person's journey safe, smooth and successful. Their goal is to bridge the distances between families by providing peace of mind travel assistance for the elderly, minors, single parents traveling with young children,or anyone that just needs some support. http://www.preferredtravelhelpers.com/
U.S. Consular Travel Website
The U.S. Consular service provides details on countries around the world, including demographic, socioeconomic, information on restrictions and tips for traveling in the country. Be sure to read the travel information for your country before you book your trip. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html#U