Travelling when you have a disability can mean so many different things, as each person’s needs are different. First of all, I wanted to touch on the planning stages before I go onto some of the places and kinds of holiday I recommend when travelling with a disability.
As with any travel, the initial planning stages are definitely the most important. One thing I would strongly recommend is calling ahead. Service providers are often required by law to accommodate travellers with special needs. Pay special attention to the flight and airport, hire car and the hotel or house and bathroom. It may also be important to consider the climate especially if you are in a wheelchair and if the area is very hilly or the terrain rough. If your disability means that you need to buy a mobility scooter choosing a company like Pro Rider Mobility is a good idea, as they offer so many different wheelchairs and scooters, including folding scooters which are fantastic for travel. They also sell accessories like SOS alarms and hoists, again brilliant for when you are travelling and on holiday.
Travelling around America is usually good from an accessibility perspective due to the ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act. In general, we have found the parking to be so much easier in the US, even non-disabled parking the spaces are far larger than here in the UK.
A firm favourite with us! The Disney Theme Park and Disney Resort in Florida have been favourite destinations for disabled people, especially children, for decades. Accessibility at Walt Disney World is brilliant with accommodation, attractions, restaurants, shops and shows being accessible. The parks are also very well laid out for wheelchair users and people with mobility impairments. If you have any specific request make sure you contact Disney Special Services department. They are fantastic at trying to make all of the necessary arrangements and ensure that guests have a safe, comfortable and convenient stay.