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A Walk in the IPath to Yosemite Falls 24 inMotion Volume 24, Issue 4 July | August 2014 Mommy blog (amputeemommy.com), and lives the trials and tribulations of “disability travel.” An accident more a decade ago led to the amputation of her left foot. With two young boys, she says, “Traveling is an exercise in frustration for everybody; add a disability to the mix and it can be daunting.” Her family-centered vacations have been both positive and negative, but she’s glad she can at least experience them. “Travel accessibility is finally gaining momentum,” she explains. “For years, individuals with disabilities were forced to modify on-the-go as they simply tried to adapt to what was provided. Now that adaptations are being provided and all modes of transportation are becoming more accessible, people with disabilities It’s summer – time to pack up and head out to experience some outdoor fun, right? Well, it might not be that easy. We all stress over the possible delayed flight, the occasional lost bag, and traffic; but when you, your travel partner or your child are limb-challenged, the travel challenges multiply. But there are ways to keep your cool when the unexpected happens. Travel tips from expert disability travelers relating to accessible transportation, functional accommodations, and the disability policies at your recreation destination will help make your summer vacation a good time for all. Why travel? Peggy Chenoweth of Gainesville, Virginia, is the creator of the Amputee by Amy Di Leo “Accessibility is what makes travel possible for individuals with disabilities.”


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