There are many people today with diverse kinds of disabilities and special needs that limit them in one way or the other from engaging in different activities. Most of these people have found themselves living a routine kind of life without being able to travel or move around much.
But here’s some great news!!! There are numerous travel possibilities and ventures worldwide for people with disabilities and special needs.
If you’ve been holding back from traveling for a vacation with your loved ones owing to a disability or special need, hold back no more. The good news is that there are numerous destinations where you or a loved one with a special need can easily and comfortably be accommodated and have a fabulous experience the entire time.
For families with a child or children with special needs, there are different travel destinations such as theme and amusement parks specially designed for children with diverse kinds of disabilities. There are also some camps with special accommodations and programs for a wide range of special needs.
Travelling to places such as Museums, National Parks, or even Disney World is also an option to consider. You can also make use of access guides, travel wheelchairs, and travel agents who specialize in the travel for persons with special needs.
There are companies whose main purpose is to come up with wheelchair travel opportunities, cruises, and group tours, and facilitate travel arrangements and programs for persons with special needs to access. They offer all the necessary resources needed to make the experience fun and memorable.
There are a number of tour groups that work alongside travel agents and their main function is to make travel arrangements for persons with disabilities. These tour groups facilitate the planning and implementation of trips for persons with diverse kinds of special needs and disabilities.
Travel companions are also available. Depending on your need, these companions can aid in managing the daily activities of the persons with special needs during the travel time or simply travel with you everywhere during the entire travel period. It is vital to source travel companions with a good reputation and high rating from previously served clients.
There are different types of blogs, websites, and publications available to help you in planning your travel. You can source out credible information pertaining transportation, travel destinations, accommodation, among other important factors that follow suit when planning to travel with persons with special needs and disabilities.
If you have one or more persons with disabilities such as a cripple, it is vital to get a travel wheelchair. Getting a travel wheelchair makes the trip more comfortable and less stressful thereby making the trip practical and safer. Source for chairs that are durable, lightweight, comfortable, compact, and offer ease of movement.
Traveling by plane can be cumbersome for some travelers, more so for those having restrictions in movement or are using travel wheelchairs. While the airline is responsible for ensuring that there is proper accommodation offered for persons with disabilities, it is important that you plan in advance to avoid any last minute inconveniences.
Do a thorough research early enough and find out whether the plane has the capacity to accommodate wheelchairs in the cabin or if you can make a reservation for an aisle seat.
Ensure that you arrive early enough to the airport, whether you’re taking an international or domestic flight. Clear up early enough with security. People on wheelchairs are subjected to thorough security checks at the checkpoints to ascertain the safety of all passengers.
This can be a mind-numbing and very uncomfortable process. The earlier you get through it, the better it will be for you. Plan for these security checks in advance to make this procedure fast and easy. If you have mobility restrictions, it is advisable that you carry with you a letter from the doctor to ease the process of security checks.
If you are prone to experience feelings of discomfort after sitting for long periods of time, it is advisable to choose travel destinations with minimal travel times. Also have in mind that for persons with limited mobility, the use of restrooms on the plane can be quite strenuous.
Certain airlines offer small chairs to maneuver such people to the restrooms but this option may not always be available. Booking non-stop flights can be more costly but this comes with the advantage of not having to navigate through several airports to make connections to other planes.
Plan wisely when using planes as a means of transportation when traveling with persons with disabilities and special needs.
Commercial establishments such as hotels have a responsibility to offer accessibility for people with special needs to their facilities. However, as you plan to travel, it is important to make inquiries and plan in advance. Make phone calls to hotels and inquire about the doors, whether they are wide enough for wheelchairs to maneuver through.
Find out whether there are elevators or specially dedicated pathways and wheelchair ramps for wheelchairs to pull through as an alternative to using the stairs. Ask whether there are special rooms solely dedicated for persons with disabilities to occupy and the kinds of features available in them. If possible, book a room that’s on the ground floor to limit movement.
Travelling with your loved ones with disabilities and special needs isn’t an impossible pursuit. On the contrary, the possibilities available for travel are numerous. With proper research and early planning, you can have a successful travel to a select destination, have a memorable time, and travel back safe with no hitches whatsoever. Don’t hold back. Disability isn’t inability.