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Wheelchair Travel Newsletter

"You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it will never leave your soul."
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That's the word used by cowboys (and cowgirls) to say hello. 😛

This newsletter arrives in your inbox as Hurricane Laura, likely a category 5 storm, batters multiple states along the Gulf Coast of the United States. If you are reading this having evacuated from the path of the storm, please know that I am thinking of you and wishing your family all the best. For the admittedly few readers I have from the State of Iowa, know that I am also praying for your state's recovery from the devastating derecho, which has been largely ignored.

I don't have much to say in this newsletter as I am still in isolation, but there are a few things I would like to bring to your attention.

Building a wheelchair taxi database

One of the biggest challenges I face when traveling is finding wheelchair accessible transportation beyond the city bus. This may not be an issue in big cities like New York or Chicago, but it's a serious problem in smaller ones like St. Louis and Dallas - and even worse in rural areas.

Last week, I launched a new project. I want to build a global database of wheelchair taxi and transportation providers - the go-to source for finding this information. It will also be a place where we can comment on our experiences and share our knowledge with others. If you have a few minutes to spare, please check it out (and lend a hand) at

Two Facebook groups

I accidentally became the admin of an ailing Facebook group a couple of years ago, and I'm looking to give it a boost. If you're interested, join the Global Disability Lounge on Facebook and help us get a conversation started.

Some of you pick up on this occasionally, but for those who don't know, I am a Roman Catholic. For many years now, I have been disappointed by the fact that I am often the only visibly disabled person at Mass on Sunday. I want to carve out a place for us in the Church and, if you are a Catholic or a member of another Christian denomination, I invite you to join my brand-new Facebook group, Disabled Catholics. When I say brand-new, I mean it - I'm the only member thus far! 🤣

Below, you'll find links to new articles that I hope you will read & share with your friends on social media. As always, I welcome your feedback and comments.

Talk to you soon,
— John Morris

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The Accessible Travel Talk Show Podcast
Since the last newsletter, Episode 4 of my podcast has been released. Check it out at the link below! Episode 5 will be coming in the next few days, so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher to get new episodes sent straight to your smartphone!
Blonde-haired woman sitting in an office.
Episode 4: Emergency Airplane Evacuations with Robin Wearley
Travel Ideas
Are you ready to travel or at least plan your next vacation? Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.
Large grassy field with the Golden Gate Bridge and mountains in the background.
The Presidio, the National Park that most people skip (which is a big mistake)
Double decker tour bus in New York City.
Sightseeing tour buses are wheelchair accessible - here's where you can ride
Accessible Travel News
Check out these articles, which detail some interesting stories in the world of disability and accessible travel.
Corridor and floor to ceiling windows in home designed by a legendary architect.
Roundup: Frank Lloyd Wright designed an accessible home in the 1950s, there is a driverless paratransit service & more!
Facade of a courthouse building with tall columns.
Disability advocate files lawsuit, alleges a Disability Rights Group sold out to the city and a real estate developer
Older couple taking a picture of the beach from a balcony.
Wheelchair Travel Survey Results: When will disabled people be ready to travel?
Valley and canyon in a national park.
Great American Outdoors Act guarantees improved access in National Parks
Illustration of underground transit hub with automated cars.
Two innovative ideas for high-speed travel between cities (that are most likely happening)
Changing places bathroom with adult changing table and hoist.
It was 2, now it's 3 airports in Canada that have adult changing tables!
Hawaiian Airlines plane flying along coastline of Hawaii.
Can't wear a face mask due to a disability? You can only fly on these 3 airlines
In Case You Missed It...
These stories appeared in a recent newsletter and are still worth checking out.
Illustration of Ancient Greek temples with ramps.
New study finds that many buildings in Ancient Greece had ramps for the disabled
Premium meal with wine glass on a tray table in Emirates business class.
New to the points & miles game? Don't waste your miles - avoid these 5 mistakes
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