Monday, 24 June 2019

Enjoy the San Francisco Bay Area in a Wheelchair

Whether you live in California or are visiting from somewhere else, spending time in the Bay Area to explore the open air wonders it offers is a must do. For those who are in wheelchairs or have mobility issues that limit the things they can do, the Bay Area has a great deal to offer. Whether you are traveling alone, or with others who have mobility issues or are with friends or family who does not have the same challenge you face, there is a lot to see and do. Here is a list of just some of the options open to you.

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  • The Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors provide sailing instructions and access to boats for people with varying degrees of disability. Whether you just want a trip in a boat or want to learn to sail, this is where you can do it. Call (415)281-0212 for more information.
  • The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program has a wide range of outdoor activities including hand cycling, urban explorations, group adventure outings and so on. Call (510)849–4663 to know more about the options available.
  • Environmental Traveling Companions has a wide range of activities for people with mobility limitations. These include cross country skiing, kayaking, white water rafting and more. More information can be had from (415)474-7662.
  • If horse riding is your thing, Giant Steps Equestrian Center offers you safe secure options for interacting with horses. Riding lessons are specially tailored to meet the specific needs of learners.
  • On The Level SF – San Francisco Excursions is for those who are more comfortable in an urban environment. They offer a range of walks (all wheelchair and walker accessible) around San Francisco’s many parks and green/open spaces. You can find out more at (415)921-1382.
  • Ride A Wave – Santa Cruz is for those who enjoy being in the water. A number of supervised beach activities are available, including swimming, surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more, all designed for those with mobility limitations. Call (813)239-3672 for more information.
  • Shared Adventures – Santa Cruz has a range of year-round recreational activities that includes horseback riding, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, and much more. All activities are designed for those with mobility issues. Call (831)459-7210 for more information.

Moving Around the Bay Area

Having a great range of outdoor options open to you is one thing. Often getting to them is another. If you are a visitor you may not have a car. If you are a local and do drive, driving through traffic can take the sheen off the fun you will have. Public transport is not always convenient or reliable. Taxis may have problems with wheelchairs and other devices. That is where Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) enters the picture. All you need to do is look online for the website of a leading NEMT service. Book one of the specially equipped vans with trained drivers for the trip you want to make and the return. Event standby is also available. NEMT is the most convenient, safe and comfortable way to move around the Bay Area.


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