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Accessible Travel How-To Advice

1. Don’t wait until the last minute to make travel plans. To have a better chance of getting what you need notify companies of your plans to reserve what you need. There are limited numbers of accessible cruise and hotel rooms, vehicle rentals, and aisle chairs at airports to board planes. Keeping records or who you talked to is also a good idea. 

Gift Ideas for Travelers

Special Needs Group

Most of us know of at least one person who loves to travel more than most.  It seems they are always traveling or planning their next adventure.  With the busiest shopping weekend of the year fast approaching we thought it would be a good idea to look at some gifts that are ideal for those who enjoy traveling.

An Audience With Our Patron

In July, as President of CanTRA I was granted the great honour and privilege of a private audience in London with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, CanTRA’s Patron since 1986.

TO2015 Parapan

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We received a thank you recently from the organizing committee of the TO2015 Parapan event coming to Toronto next year. This was related to our participation in the development of a catalogue of equipment created to support the Sport Equipment Fund pillar of the TO2015 Parapan American Development Program. This catalogue will be used by the National Paralympic Committees (NPC) to enhance participation in parasport in the America’s region.

Toronto 2015 Parapan

Taking Stock In My Goals

Ability Online

I had kind of hit a plateau in my life. I have always been enthusiastic and had big goals. But this past year was different. I spent most of it wandering and not knowing what I wanted to do. I felt like I needed a challenge and excitement, but I also needed to be realistic in terms of my energy level and other limitations.

Quantum of the Seas

Easy Access Travel

We had the pleasure of sailing on board Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas from Cape Liberty as part of a special travel agent event introducing the ship to her public. Sophisticated, Elegant, Classy, High-Tech are just a few words to describe this amazing ship. I have always been a big fan of Royal Caribbean for myself and my clients and have enjoyed the familiarity I developed with her signature locations on each of her ships. Quantum is a totally new and different product which, I believe, will enable RCCL to entice an entire new demographic of cruiser.

Play On. Winter 2015 Programs

ParaSport Ontario

Winter fun! Athletics, Para Swimming, Boccia, Para Badminton, Sledge Hockey and Wheelchair Curling will all be offered during the Winter 2015 programming of Play On! PARASPORT! The program is FREE for City of Toronto residents and open to all abilities and individuals living outside Toronto. Visit ParaSport Ontario for more information on dates and program locations!

To register visit Toronto Fun or call 416-338-4FUN

Accessibility in Canada

Mobile Women

We had such a great response to the story about Sarmistha Sinha, a wheelchair user in India, that we wanted to explore the lives of more women living internationally. This time, we meet Louise Sertsis in Canada. We expect that women living in developing countries like India, might face more challenges than someone living in the United States, but what about our friends to the north? Are there more challenges for women with disabilities there?

Holiday Shopping. Preventing Trips, Slips and Falls.

Property owners, including businesses, individuals and public institutions, have a responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe.

In one of our previous posts, we discussed how property owners can prevent outdoor falling injuries in the winter months. However, indoor hazards are also a concern, perhaps especially during winter when Ontario residents do their holiday shopping.

Accessible Caribbean Island

(posted by disabilityhorizons.com)  Cory Lee is a 24-year-old travel addict and wheelchair user. After being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at a young age, he swore he would never let it stop him from seeing and exploring the world. Since then, he has traveled across 14 countries. Here, we talk to Cory about travelling to and around St. Martin in the Caribbean.