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News of our ground-breaking agreement with ENAT is now up on lonelyplanet.com, together with a short update on the Travel for All project. Many thanks to Aicha Nystrom of Tapooz Travel for the lovely photograph from my visit to Alcatraz last year.

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Another great post from +Josh Grisdale and Accessible Japan. 

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At the age of 15 I discovered that my disability, polio, may actually get worse as I got older. This realisation changed the way I viewed time and how I wanted to spend mine.

Find out more about Post Polio Syndrome and my thoughts on how it affects me, my travels and access requirements.

#jayonlife

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When I attended the UNWTO World Tourism Day in Bangkok last September I was interviewed by national Thai TV broadcaster, the Nation. Due to the King's death, the broadcast was delayed until December, and I just received a link to it earlier this week. It's great that they extended the segment by adding in video and stills from my earlier travels, too.


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Following on my post about wheelchair accessible routes in Ghent, Southland, at the tip of South Island in New Zealand, has also released its own accessibility map. Very useful! 

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The folks in Belgium – specifically +VISITFLANDERS, +VisitGent and +Visit Bruges – are among the most progressive in the world when it comes to catering for and marketing to visitors with access needs. When I visited Ghent and Bruges earlier this year I was really impressed not only with the beauty of their cities, but also their commitment to accessible tourism. I'm very happy, therefore, that the plan to produce a wheelchair-accessible route through the historic city of Ghent has come to fruition. Congratulations! For the full experience, you should also download the On Wheels app (https://www.onwheelsapp.com/), with whom +VisitGent created the map.

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Visiting Kanazawa in a Wheelchair

During the Edo Period, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Tokyo due to the abundant natural resources. Kanazawa now serves as the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and hosts many well preserved historical attractions and art museums.

After the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen in 2014, Kanazawa has seen a boom in tourism. The Shinkansen ride is only 2.5-3 hours long (depending on the train) and can make for a (long) day-trip from Tokyo.

The Kanazawa Loop Bus, is a tourist focused bus line that visits the majority of the tourist locations in the city. All of the buses are fully accessible, so those with disabilities can easily get around and see the sites.

Accessible Japan recently visited Kanazawa to see the sites. Here are our reviews of some of the most famous sites in Kanazawa!

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Being able to drive is an essential part of my independence. Here's a video on how l manage...

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Just published a review of our stay at the award winning +Hoe Grange Holidays in Derbyshire, #UK

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Cruise vacations are a popular travel option for people with disabilities. The challenge is deciding where to travel. http://CruisePorts.ca
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