Know Before You Go
Wildcat Bluff Nature Center Update
Unfortunately the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center is the latest victim of these difficult financial times. Although it was featured in our Discovering Amarillo article in the Summer 2011 issue of Emerging Horizons; we subsequently discovered that because of funding issues the center is now closed. It's uncertain at this time if this is a temporary or permanent situation.
DOT Regs Changing on Lithium Ion Powered Mobility Devices
Prior to Jan. 1, 2010 US airlines were prohibited from transporting mobility devices powered by lithium ion batteries. But all that changed on Jan. 19, 2011, when updates to 49 CFR 175.10(a)(17) were published in the Federal Register. Those regulations deal with the transport of hazardous materials, and the updated version includes an exception for lithium ion powered mobility aids. So in simple language, the airlines are no longer prohibited from accepting lithium ion powered mobility devices. But don't rush to the airport with your TravelScoot or Luggie quite yet. Suffice it to say we are in a transitional time, so here's what you need to know if you plan on flying with a lithium ion battery-powered mobility device in the next 12 months.
Know the Law: Accommodating Service and Emotional Support Animals
Service animals come in all shapes and sizes; from dogs and cats, to monkeys, miniature horses, and even more exotic species. Although these non-traditional service animals are somewhat controversial; some are guaranteed accommodations under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), while others are prohibited from flying. Here’s the scoop on what animals make the cut and what documentation is required.
Big Apple Basics: Finding Wheelchair-Accessible Transportation, Tours and Hotels in NYC
At first glance, planning an accessible vacation to New York City might seem like a daunting task. After all, it's a big city with lots of choices — some of which are more accessible than others. But upon deeper investigation, you'll find that the Big Apple is indeed a very doable destination for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. From accessible ground transportation and sightseeing options to a wide selection of hotels with roll-in showers, there's certainly no shortage of barrier-free services in the city. With that in mind, here are some resources, tips and advice to help you plan a very accessible New York City getaway.
After the Accessibility Settlement: A Hotels.com Progress Report
As the result of the 2009 settlement agreement in Smith v. Hotels.com, this major hotel consolidator agreed to include meaningful access information on their website, as well as implement procedural changes to make it possible for disabled travelers to book accessible rooms on-line. After these changes were fully implemented in September 2009, disabled travelers could, for very first time, research, reserve and block an accessible room through an on-line hotel consolidator.