Central America is not well equipped for travelers with disabilities. Where elevators exist, they are often tiny. Many city streets are crowded, narrow, and badly maintained and public buses so frenetic that even able-bodied people have scarcely time to board before the driver roars off. The nature of the terrain means climbing in and out of small buses, boats, and planes, and that will be challenging for travelers with disabilities.
Nevertheless, a disability shouldn't stop anyone from traveling. There are more resources out there than ever before. Some of the best include MossRehab (www.mossresourcenet.org), which provides a library of accessible-travel resources online; the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH; tel. 212/447-7284; www.sath.org), which offers a wealth of travel resources for all types of disabilities and informed recommendations on destinations, access guides, travel agents, tour operators, vehicle rentals, and companion services; and the American Foundation for the Blind (tel. 800/232-5463; www.afb.org), which offers a referral resource for the blind or visually impaired that includes information on traveling with Seeing Eye dogs.
For more on organizations that offer resources to travelers with disabilities, go to Frommers.com.
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