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Old 07-17-2004, 01:50 PM
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I second those thoughts!!! Venice is virtually impossible to navigate in a wheelchair. It is wise to leave your mom home for this one.

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Old 07-20-2004, 11:17 AM
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Obviously it was a wise decision on my part. I try to take my mom on 2 trips a year, and the rest of the time I travel with friends or by myself. I have learned to be selective when it comes to which trips I do with my mom.
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Old 07-25-2004, 12:24 PM
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In a span of five years, that my wife wares a prosthesis (amputated LBK), both of us are fortunate not to have encountered one single time of "healthy" passengers beeing rude, that is about 8 cruises. With some elevator experience, I take the first available elevator and take a ride even up to the pool deck, so that we can reach our destination on the lower decks. Honestly, it does help to have my wife ware shorts,then it is obvious she is HP. With long dreses or pants, she was asked a few times,
"what did you do to your knee?"...
Again, the Forum contributors are right about accessibility in Europe. I am visiting Russia
this Sept. (by myself) and will be happy to report on HP situation in Moscow and
St Petersburg.
Kind regards, Vladimir
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Old 07-27-2004, 02:02 PM
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Will look forward to your report as I would love to visit Moscow (as I know my mother would).
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Old 02-07-2005, 04:58 AM
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When you say that "Europe is lightyears behind the US" I imagine that you are referring to mainland europe rather than to the UK.

We have been working towards the DDA in building designs since the mid 1990's, and the act which came into force this year means that every business has to consider how to offer its services to disabled people.

For example, the DDA does not specifically require braille documents for the blind if a member of staff can be made available to read out the docments instead.

A hairdresser whose salon is up a long flight of stairs need not install a lift: she can offer home visits instead.

All businesses in the UK now have to publish an "Access Statement" and it is very well worth obtaining these before taking your trip.

Now I am not a multi-million dollar cruise line, I operate a small caravan park, and even on this scale we have had to do much to cater for disabled people.
For instance, our access statement details which facilities are accessible and which are not easily accessible and how we can cater for disabled guests. For instance, because our self-service laundry building (built in 1956) cannot accommodate wheelchairs, our staff will collect laundry from disabled visitors, put it in the laundry and return it afterwards. We will deliver items from our grocery shop, and because car parking is some distance from accommodation, staff will carry suitcases etc when needed.

Now, at first glance, our premises do not appear "disabled-friendly", but because we have considered our disabled guests' needs and have found solutions to them, we have some very satisfied disabled guests.
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Old 02-07-2005, 06:36 PM
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Yes, I should have been more specific. Most of mainland Europe is way behind the times in accommodating visitors with disabilities. Bravo for the strides the U.K. is making.

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