Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Florida

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012.

Welcome to Florida, the only state with a stunning 1,200 miles of coastline wrapping the state from Perdido Key in the extreme west of the Panhandle to Amelia Island’s Fort Clinch in the northeast. Vacationers from all over the nation are drawn to the white, sandy beaches, the warm temperatures, the sparkling, blue-green water and most importantly, Disney World! There are several attractions in Florida that are handicap accessible, so there will be no limits on your vacation to the Sunshine State.

 

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is the most magical place in the world! It is the land of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, The Disney Princesses, “It’s a Small World After All”, and the giant Mickey Mouse ears ice cream bars. It is where dreams come true. Dreams will come true for anyone here, even for those with disabilities. Walt Disney World is committed to provide for as many guests as possible, so there are specific accomodations for those with hearing, mobility and visual disabilities. Service animals are allowed as well. For more information, please visit the Walt Disney World website and check out their Facebook page.

 Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guests-with-disabilities/ 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/WaltDisneyWorld
Phone: 407-824-4321

Dolphin Research Center

The Special Needs Pathways Program at the Dolphin Research Center assists and enables individuals with disabilities to interact with dolphins and sea lions. This organization provides private workshops, specialized equipment and in-water or on-dock assistance depending on the adult or child’s disability.

Website: http://www.dolphins.org/visit_special_needs.php
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/DolphinResearchCenter
Phone: 305-289-1121
email: joan@dolphins.org 

Florida Aquarium

Explore one of the most magnificent attractions in downtownTampaat the Florida Aquarium. This is a family friendly spot that is fully accessible. There are even wheelchair rentals available and several handicapped parking spaces.

Website: http://www.flaquarium.org/explore-the-aquarium/accessibility.aspx
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/florida.aquarium.tampa
Phone: 813-273-4000

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enrich lives with accessible recreation for all. Health and wellness is always promoted through several programs such as SportsAbility, Recreation Activity Program for Adults with Disabilities, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Resources, ALLOUT Adventure Program, and Miracle Sports.

Website: http://www.fdoa.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/fdoa.org
Phone:  850-201-2944

Rock Bottom Divers

Rock Bottom Divers is a scuba diving charter and instruction organization that provides rehabilitation to wounded military veterans. You will meet Scott Crawford, who has been a Handicapped Scuba Association Open Water Instructor for 20 years. You will dive off Rock Bottom’s vessel in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

Website: http://rockbottomdivers.net/disabled-divers.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/RockBottomDivers
Phone: 855-448-7625

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 

About the Author: Farah Bohannon of Winder, Georgia currently serves as UroMed’s Marketing and Sales Support Assistant. She graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Samford University inBirmingham,Alabama in May 2010. She loves to utilize her writing and marketing skills with inspiring stories. Farah is also passionate about traveling and exploring new cities and places. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, exercising, cooking, baking, scuba diving, and playing tennis.

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