On the Road Again: Travel Planning, Techniques and Tips


NOTE: The Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource.

Currency converter used in Hadley's "Internet: Beyond the Basics" course


Currency converter from the Accessible Journey website:

This website focuses on wheelchair travelers and their families.

Easy Access Chicago

Your Guide to a Great, Accessible Destination
Specific to the city of Chicago, you can still use this site to learn about the types of modifications and accessible ideas for attractions, museums, transportation, events and accommodations that you should ask for in other cities. Look for a similar link for the place you plan to visit.

Google Maps

Accurate, text-only step-by-step directions to a business or residence in seconds

Guide to Government of Canada Services for People with Disabilities and their Families


How to Travel with a Sight Impairment or Blindness

SATH: Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
Succinct article containing helpful information about services for the blind and visually impaired.



National Park Service

To qualify for a free "Access Pass" to national parks for people with disabilities, you must provide proof of disability using one of the following: a statement from a licensed physician, a document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, proof of Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income, or a document issued by a state agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

National Weather Service


Tips and Resources for the blind or visually impaired traveler

Fred's Head from APH
Contains links for information, blogs and twitters, and postings from individuals

Travel Tips for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Access-Able Travel Source
One-page list of simple but useful suggestions

Travel, Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques

An 11-page article with detailed information and ideas



Travel Smith

Travel planning, packing advice, travel tips, trip planning checklists, packing guides, checklists and expert travel advice. While the information provided is not specifically for those with visual impairments, it contains good ideas for making your trip successful.


Weekly newsletter on travel deals

Trip Advisor

Advice and reviews from real travelers

U.S. Department of State

Provides a wealth of information on passports, visas, traveling with service animals and more

Walk Score

Find a walkable place to live.
Though designed for deciding on a good place to live, you can type in the address of your hotel to find businesses within walking distance.

Walt Disney World

Information for guests with visual impairments includes braille guides, stationary braille maps and audiotape guides

Braille and Audio Compasses:

L S & S Group
FAX: 877-498-1482

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Information: 631-752-0521
To order: 800-522-6294

Bruton, Inc.
2255 Brunton Court
Riverton, Wyoming 82501
800-443-4871 or 307-857-4700.
Fax: 307-857-4702.
Email: info@brunton.com

Accessible GPS Systems:

HumanWare, Inc.
175 Mason Circle
Concord, CA 94520
800-722-3393 (US only)
HumanWare has offices in many countries

Other Resources

Sendero Group

429 F Street, Suite 4
Davis, CA 95616
Fax: 530-757-6830


Free, voice-driven information service that provides stock quotes, news, sports, travel and more. Each category has a menu. Travel menu includes airlines, hotels, rental cars, taxi service, weather, traffic and driving directions.

Hadley's "Internet: Beyond the Basics" course includes a useful lesson on travel.

Quick Tips for Traveling Abroad

  • Register so that the State Department can better assist you in an emergency
  • Sign your passport and fill in the emergency information
  • Leave copies of your itinerary and passport data page
  • Check your overseas medical insurance coverage
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws
  • Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime
  • Contact U.S. Embassies and Consulates in case of emergency

How to Make a Bead Map

This is a fun and flexible way to make an individualized route map that can involve the student as well as the instructor.

Collect a variety of beads, then decide with your student the value of each kind. For example, a square bead might represent a right turn and a large round bead, a left turn. A pony bead might represent one block. Choose a particular bead that indicates the beginning and end of the route.

If possible, let your student string beads representing a route to a particular destination. If the route is: Travel two blocks, turn right, travel three blocks, turn left, travel one block and arrive, the bead map pattern will be: two pony beads, one square bead, three pony beads, one round bead, one pony bead and a bead to indicate the destination.

If the student is taking a bus or train, a group of a certain bead might be used to represent each stop to help a student remember where his stop is.

You can use other items to represent landmarks along the route so the student can do a check along the way. For example, if there is an obvious mailbox along the route, string a small piece of paper at that point. A tree with its roots pushed up through the sidewalk might be represented with a leaf. Use a silk leaf so that it will last. Be creative and fun.

The cool thing about bead maps: just turn it over to find your way back home.

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