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Recreation: Travel: Disability Travel Agencies


National

Access Travel is a full service travel agency that coordinates trips, taking into consideration the unique needs of travelers with disabilities. The website also features a library of helpful articles that can assist a traveler with a disability plan a trip suitable to their needs. For more information, call (888) 342-5315 or e-mail tdaly@timdalytravel.com.

Accessible Journeys has been designing accessible holidays and escorting groups on accessible vacations since 1985. They exclusively serve slow walkers, wheelchair travelers, their families and their friends. Accessible Journeys can arrange for group travel and individual, independent travel. Trips can also be arranged to include a healthcare professional as a travel companion. For more information, call (800) 846-4537 or e-mail sales@disabilitytravel.com.

Flying Wheels Travel is a full service travel agency for persons with physical disabilities. They offer escorted tours to Europe and the Middle East, worldwide cruises on both an individual and escorted basis, as well as customized itineraries for disabled travelers with able bodied companions worldwide. For more information, call (507) 451-5005 or e-mail thq@ll.net

The Guided Tour, Inc., since 1972, has offered people with developmental disabilities (ages 17 and up) opportunities for personal growth, recreation and socialization through travel. Destinations have included Walt Disney World Resort, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Ireland, London, England, Italy and many more. A nurse accompanies most of their trips. They have a staff to traveler ratio of 1:3. For most persons in wheelchairs, with visual challenges or who are slow pacers, they provide a staff to traveler ratio of 1:1. To view their latest schedule of destinations, visit their website. For more information, call (800) 783-5841.

Handicapped Travel Club (HTC) "was formed 26 years ago to encourage RV traveling by people with a wide range of disabilities." To receive the greatest benefit from the HTC, a person or family should have a recreational vehicle (i.e., tent, travel trailer, motorhome, van, camper, etc.) or be in the process of getting one. HTC also hosts one annual official business meeting and rally as well as a number of other regional rallies initiated by members. For membership details, call (262) 786-6098.

SE Unlimited Travel is a full service travel agency meeting the "special travel needs" of people with physical disabilities. They can arrange a number of trips and cruises. Special discounts are available for disabled veterans. For more information, call (800) 552-9798 (Voice / TDD) or e-mail sales@seunlimitedtravel.com.

Sprout is a New York based, private non-profit "organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation grow through challenging and safe travel experiences." They offer weekend and extended stay trips to destinations throughout the United States. Trips, which serve groups from various non-profit organizations, offer three leaders for every ten travelers. For more information about this traveling opportunity, call (888) 222-9575.

Trips Inc. Special Adventures provides travel outings to adults of various abilities in a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere. Their trips are designed for people with developmental disabilities and special needs who require staff assistance for a safe and enjoyable vacation. Trips have been made to Euro Disney in Paris, France, the Mall of America in Minnesota, Hard Rock Cafe Casino in Las Vegas, Graceland in Memphis Tennessee, and many other destinations. Chaperones provide supervision on an average ratio of one chaperone to three or four travelers. They provide assistance with dispensing medications (if required), budgeting spending money, and personal care. For more information, call (800) 686-1013 or e-mail trips@tripsinc.com .


State Resources


Hawaii

Access Aloha Travel is a travel agency that specializes in designing accessible vacations to Hawaii for people with disabilities. For more information, call (800) 480-1143 or e-mail access@lava.net.


Massachusetts

Alternative Leisure Company, of Massachusetts, delivers a wide variety of safe and fun programs, trips and camps for people with disabilities. They have traveled to Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States from Maine to Alaska, Hawaii, and Disney World. They also offer day and weekend trips throughout New England and New York City. For more information, call (781) 275-0023 or e-mail alctrips@aol.com.


Wisconsin

Able Trek Tours offers supervised tours and trips to any one who might need extra assistance when traveling. Their outings range in length from several hours to as many as 30 days. Some of the places they visit include Alaska, Hawaii, New York and Washington D.C. They also offer one-day outings to local professional sporting events. For more information, call (800) 205-6713.

Going Beyond Travel, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offers group tours and trips for people with developmental disabilities. Trips vary from one to four days and have taken participants to the Green Bay Packer Training Camp, the streets of Chicago and even Walt Disney World in Florida. Trip fees do apply and cover hotel accommodations, meals, admissions and entertainment, transportation, supervision and assistance and souvenir pictures. For more information, call (414) 536-0209.

TravAbility Unlimited is a travel agency that caters to the needs of the exceptional traveler. TravAbility can assist you in meeting your transportation needs while traveling. Also, TravAbility prepares accessible tour packages for certain events. For any questions or to arrange a trip, contact Dawn Green, Travel Consultant at DGreen@TravAbility.com or at 2825 S. Chicago Ave., Suite 117, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53172, (414) 571-5550 Voice, (414) 571-5551 Fax, (888) 964-TRAV Toll Free.

Wisconsin Easter Seals Travel (WEST) Adventures, also known as W.E.S.T. Adventures, is a full service tour operator for adults with disabilities. WEST trips are made with small, intimate groups usually eight to twelve guests. Trips are designed for adults over the age of eighteen who have a significant physical disability and who enjoy the company of other guests. Individuals who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices are welcome. They also welcome guests who need assistance with eating and other activities of daily living. For more information, call (800) 422-2324 or e-mail westadventures@wi-easterseals.org.


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