Dear Editor,

Hi, just found your site, haven’t looked through it completely yet. Sounds promising. Just a suggestion: I’ve looked at other sites for the disabled and have noticed that many articles/trips are geared toward the wheelchair bound and those with multiple physical disablilites. This is great, but how about articles for the less physically impaired?

I have mild cerebral palsy and walk with a cane a good deal of the time. Which pretty much means I can do almost anything but climbing and excessively long walking tours or endless walking and shopping. I need hotel rooms on the first floor or with minimal steps, and hotel staff that are close by to my room and truly helpful. Maybe tours that don’t pack 10 things into one day so that my knees don’t die completely?

How about articles for disabled travelers traveling alone (really alone, not with an attendant or spouse.) How about a map of the London tube which shows which stops have elevators as opposed to the dreaded escalator? Maps which show hotels and B&B closest to the most action?

Maybe this is already addressed on your site…I’ll finish looking. Just food for thought.

And for crying out loud, don’t apologize for calling us gimps… That’s what we are, and being politically correct about it is for people with no guts. Nothing noble about being disabled, it’s a pain in the butt. I’ve spent my whole life being labeled, and I don’t need another one. I’m just happy to get out and see the world once in awhile. Good luck and happy trails!

Thanks, Lisa Maczura

Lots to respond to…

As I’ve said before, we truly are trying to broaden the scope of the disabilities we consider when writing our reviews. I think that our hope has been, if we write about accommodations from the perspective of those with severe disabilities, then travelers with less severe ones will be able to extrapolate the adequecy of the facilities for their particular circumstance. However, I see that travel issues which are important to you, such as the distance of walks between rest stops, may not be a consideration at all to someone like me, who goes until my chair’s battery dies. This is why we’re appealing to our readers to submit articles, so that a true variety of information will be available here. Still, we will continue our attempts to be more inclusive.

Your story ideas, particularly on traveling alone, are quite interesting. We’ll try to follow through on them.

On London, here are some hotel ideas: Copthorne Tara (0171 937-7211) and Mount Royal Hotel (0171 629-8040) have the best adapted rooms. Less well adapted, but great locations for being near everything, are the Tower Thistle (0171 481-2575) and the Regent Palace (0171 734-7000).

The London tube map is turning out to be a bit of a problem because of my lack of drawing skills and copyright issues, so here, instead, is a list of stations with an escalator or elevator (if it’s not listed it doesn’t have either):

Escalators:

Angel Station on the Northern line, Archway Station on the Northern line, Baker Street Station on the Bakerloo/Circle/Metropolitan/Jubilee lines, Balham Station on the Northern line, Bank Station on the Central/Northern lines, Bethnal Green Station on the Central line, Blackhorse Road Station on the Victoria line, Bond Street Station on the Central/Jubilee lines, Bounds Green Station on the Piccadilly line, Brixton Station on the Victoria line, Camden Town Station on the Northern line, Chancery Lane Station on the Central line, Charing Cross Station on the Bakerloo/Northern lines, Clapham Common Station on the Northern line, Clapham North Station on the Northern line, Clapham South Station on the Northern line, Colliers Wood Station on the Northern line, Earl’s Court Station on the Piccadilly/District lines, Gants Hill Station on the Central line, Green Park Station on the Jubilee/Piccadilly/Victoria lines, Greenford Station on the Central line, Heathrow Terminal 1-3 Station on the Piccadilly line, Highbury & Islington Station on the Victoria line, Highgate Station on the Northern line, Holborn Station on the Central/Piccadilly lines, Hyde Park Corner Station on the Piccadilly line, Kentish Town Station on the Northern line, Kilburn Park Station on the Bakerloo line, King’s Cross Street Station on the Circle/Metropolitan/Northern/Piccadilly/Victoria lines, Knightsbridge Station on the Piccadilly line, Leicester Square Station on the Northern/Piccadilly lines, Liverpool Street Station on the Circle/Central/Hammersmith/Metropolitan lines, London Bridge Station on the Northern/Jubilee lines, Maida Vale Station on the Bakerloo line, Manor House Station on the Piccadilly line, Marble Arch Station on the Central line, Marylebone Station on the Bakerloo line, Moorgate Station on the Circle/Hammersmith/Metropolitan/Northern lines, Notting Hill Gate Station on the Central/Circle/District lines, Old Street Station on the Northern line, Oval Station on the Northern line, Oxford Circus Station on the Central/Victoria/Bakerloo lines, Paddington Station on the Bakerloo/Circle/Hammersmith lines, Piccadilly Circus Station on the Bakerloo/Piccadilly lines, Pimlico Station on the Victoria line, Rotherhithe Station on the East London line, Seven Sisters Station on the Victoria line, Shepherd’s Bush Station on the Central line, Sloane Square Station on the Circle/District lines, South Kensington Station on the Circle/District/Piccadilly lines, South Wimbeldon Station on the Northern line, Southgate Station on the Piccadilly line, St. John’s Wood Station on the Jubilee line, St. Paul’s Station on the Central line, Stockwell Station on the Northern/Victoria lines, Swiss Cottage Station on the Jubilee line, Tooting Bec Station on the Northern line, Tooting Broadway Station on the Northern line, Totenham Court Road Station on the Central/Northern lines, Totenham Hale Station on the Victoria line, Turnpike Lane Station on the Piccadilly line, Vauxhall Station on the Victoria line, Victoria Station on the Circle/District/Victoria lines, Walthamstow Central Station on the Victoria line, Wanstead Station on the Central line, Warren Street Station on the Northern/Victoria lines, Warwick Avenue Station on the Bakerloo line, Waterloo Station on the Bakerloo/Northern/Jubilee lines, Wood Green Station on the Piccadilly line.

Elevators:

Bank Station on the Central/Northern lines, Belsize Park Station on the Northern line, Borough Station on the Northern line, Caledonian Road Station on the Piccadilly line, Chalk Farm Station on the Northern line, Covent Garden Station on the Piccadilly line, Earl’s Court Station on the Piccadilly/District lines, Edgware Road Station on the Bakerloo line, Elephant & Castle Station on the Bakerloo/Northern lines, Gloucester Road Station on the Central/District/Piccadilly lines, Goodge Street Station on the Northern line, Hammersmith Station on the District/Piccadilly lines, Hampstead Station on the Northern line, Heathrow Terminal 1-3 Station on the Piccadilly line, Hillingdon Station on the Metropolitan/Piccadilly lines, Holland Park Station on the Central line, Holloway Road Station on the Piccadilly line, Kennington Station on the Northern line, Lambeth North Station on the Bakerloo line, Lancaster Gate Station on the Central line, Mornington Crescent Station on the Northern line, Queensway Station on the Central line, Regent’s Park Station on the Bakerloo line, Russell Square Station on the Piccadilly line, Shadwell on the East London line, Tufnell Park Station on the Northern line, Wapping Station on the East London line.

Stairs-Free Access:

Barking Station on the District/Hammersmith lines, Chalfont & Latimer Station on the Metropolitan line, Chesham Station on the Metropolitan line, Chorleywood Station on the Metropolitan line, Dagenham Heathway Station on the District line, Elm Park Station on the District line, Epping Station on the Central line, Euston Station on the Northern/Victoria lines, Hammersmith Station on the District/Hammersmith/Piccadilly lines, Heathrow Terminal 1-4 Station on the Piccadilly line, Hillingdon Station on the Metropolitan/Piccadilly lines, Kensington Station on the District line, Kew Gardens Station on the District line, New Cross Station on the East London line, Richmond Station on the District line, Sudbury Town Station on the Piccadilly line, Upney Station on the District line, Uxbridge Station on the Metroplitan/Piccadilly lines, West Finchley Station on the Northern line, Woodside Park Station on the Northern line.