Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Pennsylvania

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

“No matter where in America you call home, there is a part of Pennsylvania that is yours forever – our heritage. From Independence Hall in Philadelphia, to the battlefield at Gettysburg. From the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, to the Underground Railroad on our side of the Mason-Dixon line. From the coal miners’ village of Eckely, to the recreated cities of Pittsburgh and Bethlehem. In all of these places and many more, your heritage is preserved, revealed, recreated, and waiting for you to discover.

 This history gave rise to charming towns, Amish villages, Victorian manors, ornate theaters, historic architecture, and world-renowned museums. Today, as always, the arts bring every corner of Pennsylvania to life – in vibrant concert venues and countless arts festivals in downtowns and countrysides. ” (Source: Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania)

 

Freedom’s Wings

“Freedom’s Wings International (FWI) is a non-profit organization run by and for people with physical disabilities. We provide the opportunity for those who are physically challenged to fly in specially adapted sailplanes, either as a passenger or as a member of the flight training program.

The purpose of Freedom’s Wings International is to bring the world of soaring to disabled persons by:

  • Exposing persons with disabilities to the soaring experience
  • Teaching qualified persons with disabilities to soar
  • Providing facilities for soaring to those persons with disabilities able to soar
  • Providing training for instructors, ground crew, and flying students
  • Providing a non-profit educational and fraternal organization
  • Serving as a resource and model for other organizations with similar intent

FWI works closely with local and national organizations for people with physical disabilities and encourages organizations to learn more about our programs.”

Website: http://freedomswings.org/
Phone: (800) 382-1197
Email: rrfucci@earthlink.net

 

American Dance Wheels

American DanceWheels is an artistic organization that trains individuals with disabilities, their able-bodied partners, ballroom dance teachers, adaptive recreational therapists as well as occupational and physical therapists the art of Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin Dancing. Seminars for individuals, professional dance teachers and therapists are held so that this method of wheelchair dancing can be taught to people using wheelchairs in all communities.

Website: http://www.americandancewheels.com/
Phone: 215-588-6671
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-DanceWheels-Foundation/57815487088

 

Three Rivers Adaptive Sports

 To promote quality of life, education and to provide quality year-round sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities, their families and friends.

Website: http://www.traspa.org
Phone: 412-848-8896
Email: MARK4TRAS@COMCAST.NET
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Rivers-Adaptive-Sports/274619025273

 

Gettysburg National Military Park

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”

The park has more than 26 miles of paved roads open for touring by private vehicle. Visitors with special needs may tour the park on their own with the use of the Official Map and Guide that includes a map of the park and self-guiding auto tour, or with a licensed battlefield guide (recommended), both of which area available at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Access to exhibits at tour stops are designed to be mobility friendly and accessible though uneven surfaces and weather may affect access. If this condition is found, the park would appreciate a call from the affected party so the situation can be remedied.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm

 

National Parks Golden Access Passport 

National and state parks are abound in Pennsylvania and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov

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

 

 

About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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