Accessible Travel Resources

Access to Travel
Developed by Transport Canada, this comprehensive website includes information about accessible transportation throughout Canada.

Accessible Air Travel
The on-line version of the United Spinal Association’s very popular book about access aboard US airlines.

Air Carrier Access Act
The complete text of the Air Carrier Access Act (14 CFR Part 382).

Airport Security Information
DOT Fact Sheet regarding heightened security and the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Amtrak
Information about access on Amtrak, America’s national rail carrier.

Barrier-Free Travel; A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers
The definitive guide to accessible travel. This book covers the logistics of planning accessible travel by plane, train, bus and ship. Website also includes a sample chapter with tips about how to protect your wheelchair when flying.

Barrier-Free Travels
A blog on accessible travel by Candy Harrington, the editor of Emerging Horizons. Featuring travel industry updates, personal commentary and new travel resources for wheelchair-users and slow walkers.

Canadian Transportation Act
The text of the Canadian Transportation Act, the access law that governs all Canadian airlines.

Emerging Horizons
Magazine about accessible travel. Website is updated frequently and contains many helpful resources.

Everybody’s Airline Directory
Worldwide airline list which contains policies and procedures for passengers with disabilities.

NICAN Database
A searchable database which contains access information on lodgings and disability organizations throughout Australia.

Project Action Database
Maintained by the Easter Seals Society this website contains their excellent “national accessible travelers’ database”. The database includes information on accessible transportation throughout the US, including taxis, buses, hotel shuttles and airport transportation.

Renting Cars With Hand Controls
A non-commercial site which contains helpful “real life” advice about renting adapted vehicles. Many US and European resources are listed.

Tripscope
This UK non-profit provides information about accessible ground transportation throughout Britain.

TSA Security Information
Tips and information from the TSA regarding security screening procedures for people with disabilities at US airports. Details about what you can take through security and how you will be searched are included. This comprehensive website is updated regularly as the rules and regulations change.

VIA Rail
Information about access on VIA Rail, Canada’s national rail carrier.


A recognized expert on accessible travel, Candy is the editor of Emerging Horizons and the author of Barrier-Free Travel; A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. She also shares insights, information and industry updates about accessible travel on her Barrier Free Travels blog. Candy can be contacted at Candy at EmergingHorizons dot com.