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Access on Amtrak Train: New York to Washington D.C.

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As I prepared for a trip to Washington, D.C. from my home on Long Island, NY, I debated which method of travel would be the least stressful. It didn’t make much sense to go through the trouble of taking a plane ride when the flight would be less than two hours. Plus, the thought of being separated from my wheelchair to board the plane makes me anxious, since you never know what could happen once it becomes just another piece of luggage in the cargo. So, I decided to try taking Amtrak for the first time, and I’m incredibly...

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15 Wheelchair Friendly Attractions on Long Island, New York

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1) Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center – If you’re looking for a lovely way to spend an afternoon, the aquarium is the perfect place for a little adventure. You can admire beautiful sea creatures, see live sea lion shows, spend time with butterflies, and take a river tour by heading down to the dock and boarding an accessible boat. Feeling particularly brave? Then why not schedule a shark dive? Also, don’t forget to check the website while planning your visit to get an idea of the daily event schedule. Of course, there’s a café if you’re hungry, and...

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Long Island, NY Accessible Transportation Options

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As a born and raised Long Islander, organizing transportation for even the smallest local adventures is something I’ve had to do throughout my life. Populated by widely spread out suburban towns, most Long Island destinations are rarely within wheelchair rolling distance. This meant that as a child, I had to figure out which of my friends’ parents had the most accessible vehicle for me to climb into, or I had to rely on my father to drive me everywhere. As an adult, the situation has been much the same, and will be changing only because I’m now a licensed...

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Top 15 Accessible Attractions in New York City

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If you’re getting ready for a trip to New York City, get excited because there are tons of fun things to do! The city is full of adventures waiting to happen and even though I’m a native New Yorker, I still enjoy getting on a train and spending afternoons discovering new places. That being said, as a wheelchair user, it can be a little challenging to be spontaneous when roaming around NYC because of accessibility issues. Lots of places have steps and narrow doorways, but with a bit of planning ahead, there are plenty of options for an amazing...

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Accessibility of the New York Subway System

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Though I’ve been a New Yorker all my life, I grew up feeling quite uneasy and hesitant about venturing into New York City. Yes, I know it’s shocking, but not all New Yorkers are city residents! I live in a big but relatively quiet suburb of Long Island, and because I use a wheelchair, my only convenient mode of transportation for several years was the backseat of a vehicle. In fact, I experienced airplane trips and boat rides before ever taking a train to the city next door. I had been driven into the city for various events and...

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The International Disability Treaty

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While wheelchair accessibility is nowhere near perfect in the United States, the American disability community is truly lucky to have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an achievement that shines brightly on the timeline of disability history in our country. However, for wheelchair users who aspire to travel the world, we often encounter prejudice and inaccessibility in other countries. Consequently, in 2006, in an effort to advance global disability rights, the United Nations adopted a treaty that employs the principles of the ADA, known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or Disability Treaty. The Disability...

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