Some local travel agencies have personnel who can assist disabled travelers; most at least have information of use to travelers with disabilities or can direct them toward resources. Amtrak and most airlines, bus lines, cruise lines and rental car companies provide details of their own access and service. State departments of tourism, particularly those heavy with attractions, offer literature, as do departments of tourism in major cities.
In addition, the following may be helpful:- Access Tourisme Service, 8 rue Saint Loup, Charsonville, 45130, Mueung Sur Loire, France. An agency offering tours of France.
-"Access Travel," a guide to accessibility at airports. Consumer Information Center, Department 585P, Pueblo, Colo. 81009; 719-948-3334. Free.
- Big Apple Greeter, 1 Centre St., New York, N.Y. 10007; 212-669-2896. For information on New York City access - including borough neighborhoods - and personalized tours by volunteer "Greeters."
- Directions Unlimited, 720 N. Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, N.Y. 10507; 800-533-5343. A travel agency with a national clientele that specializes in trips for disabled travelers. No group tours.
- Fishing Has No Boundaries, P.O. Box 175, Hayward, Wis. 54843; 715-634-3185. The group provides details on specialized tackle, and stages events for disabled anglers in Wisconsin, Illinois and elsewhere.
- Flying Wheels Travel, 143 W. Bridge St. P.O. Box 382, Owatonna, Minn. 55060; 507-451-5005. A travel agency, also national, serving the needs of disabled travelers, both individual and group.
-"Great American Vacations for Travelers with Disabilities" (Fodor's Travel Publications, 1994; $18). A helpful guide of hotels, restaurants and sightseeing with details on accessibility for most key U.S. destinations.
- Handicapped Travel Newsletter, P.O. Drawer 269, Athens, Texas 75751; 903-677-1260. Information and inspiration, most of it written by activist Dr. Michael Quigley. $10 per year.
- Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped, 347 5th Ave., Suite 610, New York, N.Y. 10016; 212-447-SATH. Provides members ($45) with travel information, referrals and a quarterly newsletter.
- Tailored Tours, P.O. Box 767687, Dallas, Texas 75379; 800-628-8542. A travel agency, primarily group tours.
- Twin Peaks Press, P.O. Box 129, Vancouver, Wash. 98666; 206-694-2462. Publisher of "Travel for the Disabled," "Directory of Travel Agencies for the Disabled" and other guides for disabled travelers. Catalogs are $1.
- U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Office of Public Affairs, P.O. Box 37217, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127; 202-343-3674. Provides details on access and facilities at U.S. national parks. Or write to the individual parks.
-"Wheelchair Through Europe," by Annie Mackin. Graphic Language Press, P.O. Box 270, Cardiff by the Sea, Calif. 92007. $12.95. A helpful memoir.