Travellers with Disabilities

Thanks to the American Disabilities Act, many state and federal parks have installed wheelchair-accessible sites and restrooms in their campgrounds. You can call the Alaska Public Lands Information Center to receive a map and campground guide to such facilities. The Alaska Marine Highway ferries, the Alaska Railroad and many bus services and cruise ships are also equipped with wheelchair lifts and ramps to make their facilities easier to access. Chain motels and large hotels in cities and towns often have rooms set up for guests with disabilities, while some wilderness guiding companies are experienced in handling wheelchair-bound clients on rafting and kayaking expeditions.

Access Alaska (www.accessalaska.org) Includes statewide tourist information on accessible services and sites.

Challenge Alaska A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing recreation opportunities for those with disabilities.

Flying Wheels Travel A full-service travel agency specializing in disabled travel.

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality Lobbies for better facilities and publishes Open World online magazine.

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