This list is not intended as a complete list of travel publications or agents, nor does listing imply ACB endorsement. Not all organizations listed specialize in travel for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
If you have a chronic medical condition, be sure to consult your health care provider prior to making your travel plans.
Big Apple Greeter
1 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 602-6216
Fax: (212) 669-3685
Email: [email protected] – be sure to include your telephone number in your email.
Founded in 1992 as the first “welcome visitor” program of its kind in the United States, the idea grew from friendly exchanges Founder Lynn Brooks had with people she met on her own vacation travels around the world. Lynn realized that New York City suffered from an image problem: almost everyone she spoke to wanted to visit New York City, but thought the city was too dangerous, expensive and overwhelming. Lynn wanted the world to know New York City as she did: a great big small town with diverse neighborhoods, mom-and-pop stores, fun places to dine, and friendly residents who go out of their way to help an out-of-towner feel welcome.
SATH (Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality)
The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH), founded in 1976, is an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations who support their mission.
A comprehensive access guide to London’s theatres. It highlights exactly where the access seats are in each theatre, how to get there and what the view is like from each one. We are hoping those who travel to London may find this useful. Carers for the visually impaired can use this site to help plan their trip to the theatre and figure out how to get around inside the venue. The site will soon include information about audio-described facilities in each venue.
Accessible Cruises and Travel
Sue Slater is an experienced agent specializing in cruises and travel for people who are visually impaired, their friends and relatives. She makes travel accessible and a multisensory experience. Ms. Slater is knowledgeable of what it takes to bring your guide dogs along and can help you to navigate the red tape necessary to have your dog with you in your travels. Call to book an exciting travel experience made easy.
Full Access Vacations
Cindy Caldwell is a travel advisor specializing in accessible and special needs travel with a background as a national board-certified occupational therapist for 30+ years and certification in home modifications. She holds certification as a travel advocate and autism travel professional as well and certified as a Sandals and Aruba specialist. Cindy believes in personalized service, custom travel arrangements for each client, and attention to detail to make leisure travel accessible to all.
The Guided Tour
This group was the first professionally supervised travel and vacation program in the United States for individuals with developmental, physical, and other challenges. Their staff are paid professionals, with most of them working or having worked in the field of MR/DD. Also runs Camp Lee Mar in Pennsylvania for children and teens with developmental challenges.
Mind’s Eye Travel
Mind’s Eye Travel is an organization that creates tours for people who are blind or visually impaired. Their prices include sighted guide assistance and help with the following: Immigration Documents; Boarding Passes; Cruise Line Bag Tags; Embarkation & Disembarkation; Orientation & Mobility While Onboard Ship; Shore Excursions; Braille Menus (when available), and Airline Bookings
See Sea Trips
See Sea Trips specializes in trips for blind and low-vision individuals and groups. Visit the website to learn how See Sea Trips provides blind and low vision cruisers fantastic experiences in places all around the world.
Wilderness Inquiry (WI) is dedicated to sharing high quality outdoor adventures. They provide outdoor oriented adventures throughout North America and around the globe. They also conduct a number of programs designed to share the benefits of nature with urban youth, families, and people with disabilities.
Updated December 6, 2023