Traveling is a rewarding experience whether for work or play. People of every race, creed, ethnic background, age, gender, and disability should be able to travel when they want and where they want. Within the United States, traveling with disabilities has become tremendously easier thanks to many organizations, legislations, and regulations. But if you are traveling with disabilities, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure a safe and happy vacation or business trip.
If you are going to be traveling, it is a good idea to do some travel planning. Just getting up and going is not a suggestion. You will need to find the right mode of travel, the correct lodgings, and even prepare for emergencies. Traveling with disabilities takes careful planning to guarantee your own safety and welfare.
If you happen to have a companion animal, you will find you need to make special arrangements for your traveling companions as well. Whether for lodgings or airlines, you will need to investigate whether or not your companion animal is allowed and what regulations are going to center around your companion animal.
There are many organizations that can help with transportation. Whether at your destination or heading to your destination, these organizations will ensure you get the assistance you need. Whether traveling with a wheelchair or just need a special type of vehicle, transportation needs are something you need to plan for in advance.
Air travel with disabilities
There are special requirements, by law, associated with making airlines disability friendly. You can contact a toll free number to get general rights on traveling with disabilities. The line is staffed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week. Air travelers who experience disability-related air travel service problems may call the hotline at 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY) to obtain assistance.
Camps for children with disabilities
There are many organization around the country catering to children with disabilities. Whether the child is in a wheelchair or has learning disabilities, you will discover that these camps for children give the child and parent time away from one another strengthening their bond, refreshing lives, and making the world a better place for everyone.
One important arrangement you should make before traveling is to ensure you have a list of all your emergency contacts readily available. This is for your own use as well as the medical professionals that may need to treat you. This emergency contact list should include relatives, doctors, pharmacy, and other pertinent contacts you deem necessary.
If you happen to have medical equipment, you should consider insurance for your medical equipment. Accidents do happen. If you are prepared, you will discover you enjoy your travels so much more. Talk to your insurance company concerning additional insurance for your medical equipment. If your medical equipment is covered, ask questions.
Traveling with disabilities can be a rewarding experience. You do not have to let your disabilities control your life; control your own destiny by being prepared for anything.
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