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The Eco-Adventure International travel company has provided quality small-group travel experiences for many years and specializes in trips to East Africa, China, and Costa Rica.

The company now offers several programs especially suited to people with disabilities. Available options include Costa Rica and East Africa. Contact: Ed Rymut, Eco-Adventure International, (888) 710-WILD / (920) 563-9162 (fax) / info@eaiadventure.com / www.eaiadventure.com.



N.Y. For-hire Vehicle Regs

Starting October 31 in New York City, all for-hire vehicles such as limousines and other car services must provide accessible transport at the request of people who use wheelchairs. As of yet, no regulations have been set for medallion cabs, the city's easily recognized yellow taxis.



Casa de Jackie

Jackie's House is in the hills of western Algarve, Portugal, with stunning sea and mountain views. Built for comfort, Jackie's House features five fully furnished apartments—two one-bedroom and three two-bedroom. Upstairs has four luxury rooms, each with its own bathroom, supported by a medical room that houses permanent nursing staff and medical equipment. Every bathroom is fully fitted for wheelchair use. The facility also has a large common room and kitchen. Respite, hospice, and long-term-care are available. Contact: Casa de Jackie, Herdade do Funchal, 8600 - 310 Lagos, Algarve, Portugal. ++351282780740 / ++51282780749 (fax) / admi@casajackie.com / www.casajackie.com.

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Victoria Vacation Suite

Situated in lovely Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, this new one-bedroom vacation villa is located within 12 minutes of 85% of Victoria's attractions. Unlike other accommodations that advertise being wheelchair accessible, this suite was built specifically for guests who use wheelchairs. Each room has enough free space to maneuver and spin a wheelchair, and all doorways are 36 inches wide with level entrances. The kitchen has lowered counters and a roll-under sink and cooktop. It includes a full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave/convection oven, and cooktop. The bedroom has a 42-inch aisle and a barrier-free double bed. It features remote-control lights and television and a headboard sloped for ease of sitting/lying while viewing TV. A second bedroom and half bath are also available. Contact: (888) 593-4246 / (250) 744-0046 / reservations@accessvictoria.com / www.accessvictoria.com.



Wonder Down Under

Fantastic Caverns, located near Springfield, Mo., is America's only ride-through cave. It is an all-season attraction. Temperatures in the cave always hover near 60F.

Because the beauty of the caverns is vulnerable, visitors tour the cave in Jeep-drawn trams. No walking is necessary. The mile-long, 55-minute tour route through the cave is brightly lighted so you can see stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and other countless formations. Contact: Fantastic Caverns, 4872 North Farm Road 125, Springfield,

MO 65803. (417) 833-2010 / www.fantasticcaverns.com.

 

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