Accessible Travel

Travel within Maine is becoming less difficult for people with disabilities, but it's still not easy. Public buildings are required by law to be wheelchair accessible and also to have appropriate restroom facilities. Public transportation services must be made accessible to all, and telephone companies are required to provide relay operators for the hearing impaired. Many banks provide ATM instructions in Braille, curb ramps are common, many busy intersections have audible crossing signals, and most chain hotels have suites for guests with disabilities.

Mobility International USA (www.miusa.org) advises travelers with disabilities on mobility issues and runs educational international exchange programs.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Those interested in adventure activities should get in touch with Maine Adaptive (www.maineadaptive.org). This organization offers lessons and leads cycling and kayaking excursions using adapted gear. Other ways to get active include golf, climbing, tennis and a full range of winter sports (both alpine and Nordic skiing plus snowshoeing and snowboarding).

About 8 miles northwest of Kennebunk, the Carlisle Academy is an equestrian center geared towards adults and children with disabilities. It offers a range of educational programs as well as recreational rides.

For a taste of Maine's wondrous outdoor landscapes, head to Acadia National Park. Here you'll find some 45 miles of smooth carriage roads, which are accessible to wheelchair users, plus good transportation (wheelchair-accessible buses that provide a free service around the park) and some scenic overlooks (notably the accessible Cadillac Mountain viewing platform).