accessibility

Sometimes conquering fear of the uncertain and finding a world of possibilities is just a train ride away

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:45am
Have you ever felt trapped, isolated or suffocated by transportation-related issues? I’m sure those of you who use a wheelchair, like I do — I have spinal muscular atrophy — or rely on some other form of mobility aid have felt these things a time or two. I know I have. But in the past couple of years, I’ve been determined to face my greatest fear, which includes...

Expert tips to help plan your next trip & travel smarter and safer

posted on July 14, 2015 - 3:21pm
Quest Summer 2015
Traveling can be scary, especially if you have a physical disability. In my own travels over the years, I’ve been trapped in a bathroom, dumped out of a car onto Fifth Avenue, toppled over in a moving bus, stranded in a subway tunnel and even showered with glass after accidentally shattering a revolving door. Despite its inherent challenges, though, traveling also can be an exciting and...

The quest for equal access continues for people with disabilities

posted on July 14, 2015 - 3:17pm
Quest Summer 2015
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law landmark civil rights legislation called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is intended to eliminate barriers for people with disabilities. The law mandates that individuals with disabilities have equal access to public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

Websites for mapping and researching accessible places

posted on October 30, 2014 - 9:07am
Quest Fall 2014
Note: The products mentioned in this article are not endorsed by MDA. When choosing any assistive technology equipment, be sure to do your research and consult with your MDA clinic team, as well as with an assistive technology professional (ATP). Between fall road trips and upcoming holiday travel, wouldn’t it be great to know the accessibility features of every place you might go before...

Back to basics with some accessible cruising tips to help plan an adventure that meets your needs

posted on April 1, 2014 - 9:15am
Quest Spring 2014
For years, I have been told by accessible travel professionals that cruising is a terrific option for wheelchair users. My husband, Jim, is not particularly fond of water and had a long list of preconceived notions regarding nautical travel. After a great deal of coaxing, we sailed on Holland America Line’s Veendam, a mid-size ship carrying 1,350 passengers and 560 employees. The seven-day trip...

A strong support system makes it possible for one gifted student with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to pursue his dreams

posted on January 9, 2014 - 9:31am
Quest Winter 2014
Raymond Walter isn’t your typical teenager. Having graduated from high school at age 14 and from college at 18, he’s already knee-deep in his doctoral studies in mathematics and physics as a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Arkansas at age 19. 

Accessible train travel is cost-competitive with air and car travel —and is much more relaxing

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:06am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
Eagerly anticipating the arrival of our train at the Hammond (La.) Amtrak station, my husband and I were as excited as the animated grade-school children running among the suitcases. All of us repeatedly gazed down the tracks trying to get the first glimpse of the engine light. Hammond is a 30-minute drive from our home and the second stop the “City of New Orleans” makes heading north to its...
posted on January 7, 2013 - 9:21am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 1
My husband is a romantic and I an a realist. The first time we planned a trip abroad, he suggested that I add Paris to the itinerary. I swiftly nixed his request. The thought of orchestrating wheelchair-accessible trips to two countries seemed daunting. But, ignoring the detour to France was my one regret after visiting England. The next time we traveled abroad, I researched our options and...