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Disabled Travelers
October 6, 2000

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This is The Savvy Traveler. I'm Tony Kahn in for Rudy Maxa. The able-bodied, it's said, have trouble seeing two things about disability. Either they can't see the problems it brings, or they can't see past them to the human being behind. Adam Lloyd understands this very well. He's the editor of a website called Gimp on the go.com, the kind of phrase only a quadriplegic, like Adam, would dare to use. Click on his site and you'll hear stories about all the things that can go wrong for the disabled. Click again, and you can get to a database of all the places where it can go right.

And sooner or later, of course, we're all going to be more or less disabled. A man who appreciates that is Greg Lais. Back in 1972 he started a company, Wilderness Inquiry, based on the proposition that we should be spending quality travel time with each other from the get-go and that no place should be out of bounds. Twenty eight years later he's still designing adventure vacations for people of all kinds. We asked him what traveling with a disabled person can do to enhance the experience of the able-bodied.

Savvy Resources

  • Gimp on the go.com

  • Wilderness Inquiry

  • National Association of the Deaf

  • National Center for Youth with Disabilities

  • National Council on Disabilities

  • National Center on Accessibility

  • National MS Society

  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association

  • If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns, send us an email. Or, you can snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007. Or call me at 888-SAV-TRAV.


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