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Disabled Travel Outdoors
January 1, 2000

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Last week President Clinton signed into law a bill that allows millions of disabled Americans to receive federal medical coverage even when they're employed. The ceremony took place in front of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, who, as you know, was in a wheelchair due to polio. Clinton noted that in Roosevelt's time "most people believed being disabled meant being unable."

Luckily, that sentiment has changed, even when it comes to travel. Access in airports, bus and train stations is better than ever, making it possible for disabled travelers to take the sort of vacations that, until recently, were unavailable or difficult to maneuver -- like extreme or adventure travel. Laurel Van Horn is executive director for the Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped in New York, and she searches for and outfits places you would think are impossible to go to as a disabled traveler.

With all of these exciting options for disabled travelers, I thought a primer on how to prepare for the trip was in order. I called Adam Lloyd, editor of "Gimp On The Go," an Internet site devoted to traveling with a disability. Adam is quadriplegic and just recently arrived on the island of St. John in the Caribbean.

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