Accessible Tourism California: Santa Monica

I was recently in Los Angeles, California for YouTube conference. I took a couple days either side of the conference to do some sightseeing around the area. I have to say I was vastly impressed by the accessibility of the Southern California. I usually go into situations like this hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. This is because all too often places claim to be accessible, but the reality is that accessibility is simply mediocre.

The Santa Monica pier is a good example of this. Yes, we could get our wheelchairs onto the wooden boardwalk, but the unevenness of the old wooden planks made traveling over this boardwalk so uncomfortable it was almost unbearable in our manual wheelchairs.
Santa Monica would be a good place to take your children as they have a lot of hustle and bustle which includes rides and other amusement park in arcade type activities. For fans of the movie Forrest Gump, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant gift shop is a long the Santa Monica boardwalk, and for me probably was the highlight of going to Santa Monica although I enjoyed the sight of the large Ferris wheel at night.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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