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Are wheelchairs allowed in US Wilderness Areas?

According to Section 508 (c) of the American with Disabilities Act, Title V, (1) In general. - Congress reaffirms that nothing in the Wilderness Act [16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.] is to be construed as ...
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Life Jacket for a person without arms?

The expensive way is to get a harness lifejacket. The cheap way is to fit a crotch strap to a lifejacket (type 2 pfd), this is a standard part and I believe most lifejackets have fittings for one. ...
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Life Jacket for a person without arms?

I think the best bet for a person without arms (assuming we aren't talking rough water/offshore use) is a type 2 life jacket. Specifically the type that look like an oversized bib. These jackets don'...
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What belay systems would work for beginning climbers who can only use one arm?

Yes, it has been done! You can try contacting the people at Paradox Sports; this sort of adaptive climbing is exactly what they do. In terms of personal experiences, there are a couple of threads on ...
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What belay systems would work for beginning climbers who can only use one arm?

I have a friend with cerebral palsy who likes to climb, and can only use one arm, he did fairly well belaying with a Petzl GRIGRI: It's a self locking belay device, and can be used easily and rather ...
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What are some blind-friendly wildlife trails in or including Massachusetts?

One excellent idea is a trip to the sanctuaries owned by the Mass Audubon Society. They have an exciting program called The Accessible Trails Project. Our goal is to connect as many people as ...
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Rappelling with only one arm

Yes If we assume that this is a summer camp setup where experienced (ish) instructors set up and oversee the rapell, sure. A one-armed person would face two major difficulties. Setting up the rapell ...
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Are wheelchairs allowed in US Wilderness Areas?

It's worth mentioning that many wilderness areas have very convoluted boundaries that provide access to the margins of these areas. Trapper's Lake campground isn't wilderness, nor is the access road, ...
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Where are some accessible flat areas for handicapped birders in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA?

I am an avid birder in and around Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park is one of the most accessible national parks in the system when it comes to major locations and their accessibility. ...
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Where should a person who can't hold a paddle sit in a tandem kayak?

When paddling solo with a passenger, the passenger sits in the bow. Whoever is in control of the kayak should almost always sit in the rear (exceptions being when paddling into a current or into a ...
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Are there any Draisines-Railbike Companies that have wheelchair accessibility?

I've located two current possibilities in Germany, and one potential option in the United States. The first, and what looks like the best, option, is a company called Draisinentour. It utilizes ...
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What are some blind-friendly wildlife trails in or including Massachusetts?

I'm not sure what exactly makes a trail more blind-friendly as apposed to something like wheelchair-friendly, so I'll answer for handicapped-accessible trails in general. The vast majority of trails ...
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Is there a place near Miami, Florida where I can get close to wild animals without leaving my car?

It looks like Lion Country Safari matches your description. From their front page: Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park invites you to spend the day on safari with ...
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Rappelling with only one arm

I've done it with a broken arm in plaster, but that was nearly 30 years ago when I was a similar age to your character. We always used figure of 8 descenders in those days and had a safety belayer ...
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Finding a way for my mother-in-law to use her wheelchair on rough terrain?

Finding a way for my mother-in-law to use her wheelchair on rough terrain? Have you thought about trying some sort of seating arrangement with springs build in to absorb shocks and/or additional ...
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What are some blind-friendly wildlife trails in or including Massachusetts?

Bill Irwin, author of Blind Courage found the Appalachian Trail to be a mostly enjoyable outdoors experience. While secluded with good opportunities for enjoying nature away from others. The ...
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What features should I look for in gear to support front wheels of wheelchairs for travel on snowy paths?

I think what you are looking for is these attachments called Wheelblades, Image Source essentially mini skis that lock onto the front wheels of a wheelchair, Wheelblades are designed as an easy-to-...
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Where are some places for people who can't stand up to learn water skiing?

It looks like the gear you need is what is called a "sit ski" Individuals that are unable to stand will ski using a “sit ski,” which comes in a variety of sizes from wide, stable skis to ...
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Where are some places for people who can't stand up to learn water skiing?

Seems like standing on conventional skis is out if cannot stand. There actually is a disabled skiing category. There is specialty equipment and I bet as least one ski camp that caters to the ...
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What is the Chincoteague Pony Swim on Assateague Island in Virginia and Maryland?

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual event where around 150 adult ponies and their foals from the North and South parts of the island are rounded up and swim at slack tide from Assateague Island to ...
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Where should a person who can't hold a paddle sit in a tandem kayak?

In addition to mattnz's answer (and my answer at your related question): I've paddled a tandem sea kayak (we were using it as a tourer that day) from the back while the front paddler was unable to ...
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What features should I look for in gear to support front wheels of wheelchairs for travel on snowy paths?

Just a thought: I used to take my mom to the beach in wheelchairs with oversized tires. They made going across the sand much easier. They're made to get wet and are easy to clean. They have a storage ...
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Wildlife canoe trails in or near Western Pennsylvania

I found and have visited. Presque Isle State Park Internal combustion engines are prohibited in the interior lagoons, which are defined as the continuous body of water between Misery Bay and ...
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Wildlife canoe trails in or near Western Pennsylvania

Have you thought of the Lower Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle? It's 1.5 hours from Pittsburgh and has the distinction of a paddler being able to park, put in below the falls, run the river, and then ...
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Are there any Draisines-Railbike Companies that have wheelchair accessibility?

It seems that that there is at least one company that has wheelchair accessibility for railbike riding. It is in Belgium as can be seen here. Biking on rails: it is not an activity we do in the UK ...
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Where are some accessible flat areas for handicapped birders in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA?

You can also expand the list of accessible routes, and the distance traveled along them, by using a more capable wheelchair. Products such as the GRIT Freedom Chair while designed for outdoor ...
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Finding a way for my mother-in-law to use her wheelchair on rough terrain?

In addition to padding and softer wheels, you should look into getting her a chair with suspension. My current chair has suspension and I'd never want to go without it now. I've heard they can be ...
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Finding a way for my mother-in-law to use her wheelchair on rough terrain?

If you're talking about a wheelchair vs a separate device, the only one I know of is Ramp. I used to talk with the CEO, Mel Du, and his partner, Amro, last year when I was in Denver, CO. I was ...
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Finding a way for my mother-in-law to use her wheelchair on rough terrain?

You've already mentioned the fifth wheel and shock absorbing wheels so I won't go there again. I'm also assuming you've done the basics, like upgrading the cushions. Having done my fair share of ...
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