- The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) is a nonprofit organization that provides important information to travelers with medical concerns. Travelers can obtain a directory of English-speaking doctors in foreign countries. Updated each year, the directory lists doctors who have had training in the United States, Great Britain, or Canada. IAMAT also has world immunization charts, malaria risk charts, and world climate charts, and can tell you about the food and water in the countries you plan to visit.
- The International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (IACVB) has an online web directory for travel destinations all over the world. If you prefer, they also publish a free directory listing the telephone numbers and fax numbers for convention and visitor bureaus for large cities all over the world. Try calling the travel and tourist information bureau of the state you’re planning to visit for information on accessibility. Better yet, call the tourism office of the county or city of your destination to find accessible attractions and lodgings. Be persistent.
- The Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH) is a nonprofit organization that acts as a clearinghouse for accessible tourism information. They are in contact with organizations in many countries to pro- mote the development of facilities for people with disabilities. They publish a quarterly magazine, Access to Travel.
- Travelin’ Talk Network links members with special needs. If you’re still apprehensive about leaving familiar surroundings, become a member of the Travelin’ Talk Network. It’s a valuable resource for travelers with special needs. Members of the network share knowledge of their hometowns and/or extend a multitude of services to travelers who need help. Whether your wheel-chair breaks down or you’re trying to locate an accessible vegetarian restaurant, Travelin’ Talk members are “your friends away from home.”
- Wheelchair Getaways offers wheelchair-accessible van rentals by the day, week, or month. If an accessible van would make your travel easier, rent one to travel in or at your destination. Vans may be picked up and returned at the Wheelchair Getaways garage location or delivered to your door for a nominal fee.
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