Q. We are planning a trip to Alaska. One member of our group is confined to a wheelchair. Are most of the sites handicapped equipped? What should we expect as far as she is concerned? -Kermit
A. I think you, and your friend, will be pleasantly surprised, Kermit. The Americans With Disabilities Act and economic competition here have really sped up the process of retro-fitting those hotels, B&B’s, etc. who lacked handicapped accessible properties. The newer places all have accessible premises for wheelchairs, etc.
I am a handicapped person myself these days, using an electric scooter and/or a wheelchair. People are so very helpful wherever I go.
I’m going to give you the names and numbers for a couple of organizations who may have helpful information for you:
There is an organization called Challenge Alaska, who believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity to enjoy Alaska regardless of their disability. There website is www.challengealaska.org You can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach them toll free at
Then there is one called Alaska Welcomes You, Inc. Their website is www.accessiblealaska.com and you can reach them at 1-800-349-6301.
I hope this helps in planning your trip. Have fun! -BJ