Disabled travel also known as accessible travel is the traveling by people who have disabilities. With this travel being on the rise, the industries involved with transportation are waking up to the special needs of travelers who are disabled by making the availability of accommodation and services more readily available.
At the same time, the information that is available on disabled travel is more readily available than it was in the past with most of this information made available by disabled travelers.
Disabled travelers are protected by the law in ensuring that they receive the same treatment as everyone else. This seems to be true on paper but in the real world, and especially in some foreign nations where regulations varies from place to place, this is far from the truth.
Accessible travelers more often than not face several challenges such as higher fares, prejudice, misinformation, inadequate facilities as compared to the rest. Below are some of tips that would prove to be quite useful for travelers
Health and Safety Tips For Disabled Travelers
- 1. Be Clear and Specific On the Severity of Your Disability
Always be clear and specific while giving details on your disability since not every service provider understands the medical terms or jargon of disabled travel. Be sure to inform the service providers of exactly what you can and cannot do so as to avoid a scenario whereby you downplaying the needs of your disability. This will also go a long way in ensuring that your accommodation is going to be smooth.
- 2. Do Call Ahead
Make sure to call ahead so as to allow your service providers make necessary arrangements, and also don’t forget to mention your needs while making your reservation. It is prudent to call a day or two prior to date of your arrival so as to confirm that the necessary arrangements for your accommodation have been or will be met during your arrival.
- 3. Give Your Doctor a Detailed Description of Your Trip
Your doctor will always give you proper ways of handling and dealing with the pitfalls of long flights and advise you on how to get the best medical care in the places that you will be visiting. On rare occasions, your doctor may even advice you to cancel your trip if he/ she is of the opinion that it would be unsafe for you to travel to your preferred destination.
- 4. Try As Much As You Can To Avoid Connecting Flights
Flying on a direct flight will definitely save you the hustle and time that it takes with connecting flights, but in the case where using airline toilets prove to be a bit difficult for you, then you might want to consider connecting flights to your destination.
- 5. Don’t Forget To Have Your Doctors Phone Number and Details With YouIt is advisable to have with you a letter from your doctor that clearly explains your condition, special needs, likely complications and other relevant information. Also, ensure that you have a doctor’s number that can be reached any time of the day in the case of an emergency.
If you happen to follow these tips while traveling, then disabled travel need not be a hassle.