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Wheelchair Travel Newsletter
November 30, 2020
 
"Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are."
 — Squire Bill Widener
 
 
Hello!
 
This is the only email that you'll receive on this "Cyber Monday" that isn't attempting to sell something!
 
My last email was sent about one month ago, on the day of my first trip during the coronavirus pandemic. That trip went well and I was able to visit Las Vegas (twice) and Salt Lake City without contracting the coronavirus. What a relief! Here's my first photo from the trip, masked-up on the airplane:
 
John takes selfie during flight while wearing face mask.
 
Speaking of flying... I was engaged in a battle with American Airlines last month over a discriminatory policy that banned many power wheelchairs. I am pleased to report that our advocacy was successful — the policy has been reversed — thanks to your support. Our community can do great things together!
 
I've shared the two most recent articles in the airline saga below, as well as 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.

Warm regards,
— John Morris
 
 
Power wheelchair being loaded into CRJ-700 aircraft.
 
VICTORY: American Airlines Reverses Wheelchair Weight Limit After Media Lashing - Here's the Updated Policy
 
After NPR, The Dallas Morning News, Forbes, Fox News and other media outlets picked up the story, American Airlines had nowhere to turn.
 
READ MORE
 
 
Two airline employees removing two large batteries from wheelchair.
 
CHOP SHOP: Before the Weight Limit Was Rescinded, American Airlines Removed My Wheelchair's Batteries
 
Going against the advice of expert repair technicians, the airline removed the chair's batteries and ultimately failed to put it back together properly.
 
READ MORE
 
 
Friends seated around circular restaurant table.
 
Gezelligheid: The Untranslatable Dutch Word That Perfectly Describes My Trip to Las Vegas
 
You've probably never heard of this word, but you'll want to add it to your vocabularly!
 
READ MORE
 
 
Hotel room with bed and hard floors.
 
Salt Lake City Marriott - It's Hard to Beat the Accessibility of This Hotel in Downtown SLC
 
Right in the city center, this wheelchair accessible hotel hits the nail on the head.
 
READ MORE
 
 
Two older people sitting on a bench watching the sunset along with one wheelchair user.
 
READ THE REPORT: 2020 Accessible Travel Study
 
The 2020 Accessible Travel report provides businesses and destinations with an opportunity to reimagine inclusive travel for the post-pandemic world.
 
READ MORE
 
 
Man isolated, with his hands pressed against a window.
 
Travel During the Pandemic: How I Protected My Family After Returning Home
 
By leaving my family's safety bubble to travel, I was taking a chance and risking possible infection. That risk needed to be mine alone.
 
READ MORE
 
 
Public square and french architecture in Quebec City.
 
TRAVEL IDEA: Tour Old Quebec City, A UNESCO World Heritage Site Just Across the Border
 
Quebec City's historic quarter is gorgeous and will be easy to reach from America once a vaccine is available and borders reopen.
 
READ MORE
 
FEATURED TRAVEL GUIDES
 
Busy street with neon signs and bars.
 
Nashville, Tennessee
 
Music City is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and loads of bars with live tunes.
 
VIEW GUIDE
Aerial view of city skyline from hill with funicular.
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
At the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, you’ll find the City of Bridges.
 
VIEW GUIDE
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
 
Beach in French Polynesia.
 
Guest Post: My Accessible Adventure on Bora Bora
 
A vibrant city undergoing constant redevelopment, Dallas is becoming a favorite for wheelchair travelers.
 
READ MORE
Man wearing helmet hunched down in green trash can.
 
Video: New World Records for Fastest Wheelchair & Fastest Garbage Bin
 
Founded in 1680, this city’s Historic Quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with a fortification wall and lighthouse.
 
READ MORE
 
Do you have a travel story to share?
 

I want to feature as many perspectives as possible on the website, and I would be honored if you would share one of your favorite travel stories in a guest blog post.

 
 
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