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    Saw this on MSNBC today. Most of these tips are on on the main ActiveMSers' website ( but there are some good reminders. There's also a list of useful websites and resources that looks to be worth exploring. - Dave


    Paving the way for travelers with disabilities
    Planning and preparation can mean the difference between success and hassle

    Travel by people with disabilities, also known as "disabled travel" or "accessible travel," is on the rise. The travel industry is waking up to disabled travelers' special needs by providing more services and greater accommodation. Meanwhile, the sheer abundance of information on accessible travel is astounding much of it generated by disabled travelers themselves.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees that disabled travelers receive equal treatment under the law. While this would be the case in a perfect world, it doesn't always work out that way in real life, especially in foreign countries where accessibility regulations vary widely. Despite having common sense, considerable public sentiment and strength in numbers, disabled travelers frequently face inadequate facilities, prejudice, misinformation, general hassles and higher prices than other travelers.

    Compounding the problem is the fact that there are as many disabilities as there are disabled folks. Each person's needs are a little different, and traveling in cookie-cutter airline seats, hotel rooms and rental car fleets can be very tricky. The following tips and resources will help disabled travelers and their companions anticipate some of the snags of accessible travel.
    Dave Bexfield