As Sheila Burnham boarded a boat to go scuba diving in Belize, the Madison, Miss., resident could feel her fellow passengers doing double takes.
At the time, tourist destinations were hardly the domain of paraplegic wheelchair users.
“I was a novelty,” she said.
Today, she’s less of a spectacle as she hits the slopes in Colorado or hunts game in the wilds of Africa. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, more people than ever see the sights from the seat of a wheelchair.
But traveling with a disability is still no roll in the park.