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Entrance to Morgan’s Wonderland the Park Tips and Advice to Avert Vacation Nightmares are starting to push the limits on their own travel experiences. Individuals no longer have to limit their adventures because of their disabilities.” “Travel is important in general because it broadens your horizons and lets you experience different cultures,” adds Candy B. Harrington, an accessible travel expert, author and editor of Emerging Horizons (emerginghorizons.com), a magazine about accessible travel. “Accessible travel is also hugely important because it promotes both inclusion and independence. When you take that first trip you come back with the feeling of real accomplishment, which gives you much more selfconfidence.” Karen Wang, a Michigan writer who is a mom to two special needs children, adds: “Travel has educational and therapeutic benefits for any person because it can reduce stress and provide new perspectives while strengthening relationships with loved ones. Accessibility is what makes travel possible for individuals with disabilities. To me, accessibility means the removal of physical, sensory and social barriers for the full inclusion and participation of the whole community.” Tensionless trip tips Karen writes about disabilities and caregiving for The Friendship Circle (friendshipcircle.org), a Michiganbased nonprofit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. She has had a good amount of experience with accessible vacations with her kids, both in parklands and at amusement parks. She has become an expert and advocate for disabled travelers. Because policies vary widely from park to park, Karen says gathering the information is not a simple task. “There is no central location to find accessibility information about all the park and entertainment options,” she explains. “To connect the dots for every park out there would take years. I visit the Web site for each park and search for anything related to disabilities. There’s usually a guest services link somewhere on the Web site Photography by Robin Jerstad Contact the Amputee Coalition at 888/267-5669 or amputee-coalition.org 25


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