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Kunho Kim: 20 Cities on Wheels

Kunho Kim: 20 Cities on Wheels

You can scour Harvard University’s online course catalog for as long as you want, but you won’t find a summer listing for Accessible Road Trips 101. That hasn’t stopped undergrad Kunho Kim from planning an elaborate 20-Cities on Wheels adventure where site-seeing will take a side seat to gathering information for an accessible online travel […]

Globetrotter Scott Rains Heads to Nepal

Globetrotter Scott Rains Heads to Nepal

Globetrotter Scott Rains is off to Nepal, where he will be doing what he loves best: experiencing all the world has to offer first hand while simultaneously inviting that world to become more accessible and inviting for people with disabilities. “The goal is that I will train workers at every stop I make so that […]

My Love/Hate Relationship With Hotels

My Love/Hate Relationship With Hotels

I love hotels. I hate hotels. Know the feeling? While adventure travel is big business these days, for wheelers “adventure” often implies something different: access problems. What’s most frustrating about hotels is how inconsistent they are. Case in point: over the winter I took a break from the cold and snow and headed to the […]

Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Behind the Wheel of a New Van

Wow, am I sitting up high now!  So high in fact, I can see over almost all the other vehicles on the road. What a feeling of power behind the wheel!  It’s also one of the benefits of ditching my much smaller and lower Honda Civic for a  newly equipped and very accessible van. I’ve […]

Taming Our Fear of Flying

Taming Our Fear of Flying

Flying can be scary for wheelchair users, but these tips can make for a smooth ride.

Letters: April 2014

Relationships, cruising Alaska, retirement planning, humor, bus protest

Delta Reaches Out to Passengers with Disabilities

In April 2008, Delta and Northwest Airlines announced they were merging, and the Northwest Customer Advisory Board was moved under Delta Air Lines. Delta’s reformulated Advisory Board on Disability held its first meeting in April 2009. I was asked to join the ABD and I accepted. The ABD is a cross-disability, voluntary board with 13 […]

Although more and more airports worldwide have jetways, sometimes being carried is the only way on or off the plane, as seen in this photo from Argentina.

Step-by-Step Air Travel for Manual Wheelchair Users

When traveling in a manual wheelchair, ideally it is most convenient to have someone drop you off at an airport or use an airport shuttle service such as Super Shuttle. The next best option may be to take some form of public transportation, but then you’re responsible for transporting your own luggage. Lastly, you may […]

“The Strength Coach” Greg Smith’s chair was trashed by US Airways while he was on his way to a gig. Stuck without his headrest for days, Smith endured tremendous neck pain and couldn’t work. The kicker? It could have been avoided if the ground crew had followed Smith’s instructions.

Filing Complaints

NEW MOBILITY asked Kleo King, senior vice president of Accessibility Services and Able to Travel for United Spinal Association, to share her experience on the Air Carrier Access Act, the Transportation Security Administration, and airline accessibility.

Thank goodness Dorothy Nary knew to ask for a conflict resolution officer when a flight attendant insisted she put her ROHO cushion in the overhead compartment! The attendant backed down immediately. “But had I not known my rights, I might have ended up with my ischial pressure ulcer reopening,” says Nary, a research associate with the University of Kansas’ Research and Training Center on Independent Living.

Eight Tips for Easier Air Travel

Able to Travel’s Mary Peterson shares how wheelchair users can take control of their air travel experience.