Getting around Florida in a wheelchair


January 26, 1992|By New York Times News Service

Q: I will be traveling to Orlando, Fla., and am concerned about how to transfer my husband, confined to a wheelchair, to our hotel and around to the various theme parks.

A: B. S. Mini-Med of Florida, 551 Little River Loop, Suite 213, Altamonte Springs, Fla. 32714, (407) 296-3460 provides transportation by van (for the wheelchair user and a party up to eight) between the airport and any hotel in the area for $75 each way. For getting around, the rate is $20 for pick-up plus $2 a

mile; arrangements can also be made for charging by the hour or day. The company has a New York office at 1335 Blondell Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10461, (212) 829-2222.

Mears Transportation, 324 W. Gore St., Orlando, Fla. 32806, (407) 423-5566, charges $40 to $45 a person for transportation between the airport and most Disney hotels, or $75 for a whole van, which holds up to five passengers. A round trip between hotel and a local park or attraction is $110.

OC Friends of the Family, 1727 Orlando Central Parkway, Suite 109,

Orlando, Fla. 32809, (800) 945-2045 or (407) 856-7676, provides, at no charge, advice by phone for those with disabilities wanting to plan a trip to the area and will help find transportation and other services. For about $75, the company will help construct an itinerary and check that hotels will accommodate a wheelchair. Also, a representative will meet travelers at the airport, accompany them to the hotel and go through the visitors' plans. For about $150, someone will push a wheelchair traveler around a theme park for a full day.

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