While accessible travel for the disabled is mandated by law, in many cases what qualifies as “accessible” is woefully under equipped. Often something as simple as a night out to eat can be a huge challenge for those in wheelchairs or who otherwise need assistance, let alone trying to travel through busy airports or train stations.
Obviously, the world is set up to cater to the able bodied individuals. The mandates that require accessibility by all persons are just not specific enough and can leave an individual on a quest for finding an elevator or an access ramp that is conveniently located. Some access ramps are ill constructed to allow for easy access by those in wheelchairs as the quality and design of the ramp makes it very difficult for locomotion under one’s own power.
Often the biggest difficulty facing those who need assistance when traveling is education. Airports and other forms of public transportation need better education amongst the staff when providing assistance to the disabled.
For instance, airports often tend to wait until disembarking to call for a wheelchair. The individual must wait while everyone disembarks and often wait even longer for the personnel to show up with a wheelchair. When there is little time between connecting flights due to late take offs and overcrowded runways the need for a wheelchair often means missing the flight.
Instead of sticking those in need of assistance aside to chronically wait for any special help they may need, we need to simply make accessible travel much more realistically accessible. We need to stop hiding elevators at the far corners of the buildings and start recognizing that the disabled have regular needs as well.
Accessible travel means any cab should be able to pick up the disabled rather than calling a specially equipped van to the scene just because the rider has a wheelchair. Requiring those with special needs to wait for the simple things is not only insulting, but it can in fact be dangerous.
The constant waiting game that those with disabilities face is often played alone or in areas where safety is questionable. Airport personnel, train employees, or even cab companies have no problem putting the disabled aside to wait for the necessary assistance but they certainly give little regard for the safety of the individual while they are waiting. I guess the faster they can tuck us away and keep up out of sight the more comfortable everyone else gets to feel, so that has become the priority when it comes to accessible travel.
There are many different types of themed cruises that you can take advantage these days. One of the more popular types are the cruises for the disabled. Because many disabled people cannot go that many places and it is hard to move around, going on vacation can actually seem like a dream. On a disabled cruise, everything is set up for easy access and just plain fun.
These cruises are equipped to accommodate many different disabilities and they even have help for those that need help with eating, walking and other activities. This gives many people the opportunity to see things that they normally would not be able to. They do not need to be held back from experiencing the world. This really can help a person’s outlook on life.
Most cruises for the disables offer 24 hour emergency care and doctors that are really trained to help all of the needs of the passengers. The rooms are even a little bigger so that if you use a wheelchair, you will not have a problem getting around your room and accessing everything that you need in your room.
You won’t have to worry about find finding something that you can participate in, either. There are plenty of fun activities from swimming to sports that can accommodate everyone. It is truly amazing how much thought has been taking into making these cruises fun for everyone that is involved. Even if you are just married to a person with a disability, these cruises will make your trip worthwhile and will give you all of the attention that you need.
There are a few things that you need to do before you make reservations for the disabled cruise. You need to make sure that you book the cruise that accommodates your particular disability so that you are taken care of. If you need a wheel chair on the cruise or any special equipment then you need to let them know that, too.
If you have any special requests for your cruise, you need to mention this before you pick the cruise that you would like to take. Either they need to make arrangements for you or maybe they cannot even accommodate you. In this case, you may need to find a cruise that can.
Don’t be discouraged, there are many cruises that you can choose from. Most are more than willing to accommodate you, though. You should not run into any problems.
If you’d like to book a disabled cruise then you can go online and find many sites that can help you. There are literally hundreds of vacations that you can take when you have a disability. There is no reason to stay home and not have fun. Just do some research and find the cruise that is right for you. You can have a lot of fun with others who have the same type of challenges as you. So go ahead and book your disabled cruise and have a really great time.
Chicago is truly one of the great travel destinations for anyone. I especially recommend it in the summer when the lakefront (Lake Michigan) and the beautiful parks are bustling. However, my very favorite time of year for a Chicago vacation is during the holidays when the areas of the Loop, the Miracle Mile and the water tower are as magical as a fairyland.
The Windy City offers a wide array of guided tours that are wheelchair and otherwise accessible. Several water based tours exist including the Architectural River tour and skyline tours on Lake Michigan boats (Shoreline Tours and the Spirit of Chicago tours both leave from festive Navy Pier).
Landlubbers might opt for the North Side Chicago tour or hop on a trolley or double decker sightseeing bus. It’s a good idea to make arrangements for these at least two days in advance to be certain that these will include the accessibility that you need.
Nearly all of the city’s major landmarks are disability friendly. Be sure not to miss the child pleasing Museum of Science and Industry (we recommend a taxi to this south side destination), the Chicago Art Museum, the Field Museum (natural history) or the aquarium. Chicago’s two most famous skyscrapers are wheelchair accessible for the city’s best (or at least most elevated) views.
The least expensive ways to get around are either the bus system or the “L” (light rail). All bus routes are accessible. As for the light rail system, many stations provide elevators necessary for those with mobility issues, but not all do so. Consequently, plan your route carefully to be sure that you can get on and off the train where you want.
As is the case in any major city in the Western world, you will not find any difficulty locating a hotel to meet your needs, and taxis and rental cars are plentiful.
Best times to arrive in this bustling city are late mornings, mid-afternoons and after about 7:30 p.m. During the rush hours expect traffic to be at its worst, comparable to any major city in the United States.
There is so much to do in this beautiful city, so plan plenty of time…or plan frequent return trips.
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Travelers need to get out to explore the host city, investigate the exhibits of a museum, or simply share the joy of being with others along a busy boardwalk in order to be able to get the full travel experience. Some people have trouble doing those wonderful things. If you or a loved one have COPD, amputations, or serious arthritis, there is no need to skip out on those important joys of travel.
A number of companies now offer relatively inexpensive solutions in the form of electric mobility scooters specifically designed with travel for the disabled in mind.
One of those is the Zip’r Zipr Break Down Electric Travel Scooter, pictured above. The heaviest piece in this easy-to-assemble mobility scooter is only 29 pounds. Like other more expensive alternatives, it has a re-chargeable battery. You should expect to be able to travel about ten miles before the next charge is necessary. The seat folds for more compact storage. The tires are absolutely flat free, so there is no need to carry along a tire repair kit.
Amazingly, this travel scooter can be fully assembled and ready to go in less than twenty seconds. There are no wires to connect, since the battery box fits neatly into its own slot and automatically makes all necessary connections.
The maximum speed is a bit over four miles per hour–enough to keep up with even the brisk walkers in your travel group.
I use supplemental oxygen 24 hours per day. Consequently, when I leave my home at any time, I must make sure that my oxygen needs are met–in the car, train or on a bus; in a hotel room or in a restaurant. Around my own town, I simply kept an emergency bottle of oxygen in the car so I that I always knew that I could get back to my house and my oxygen concentrator. When I ventured farther, however, I felt insecure.
If you are like me, when you travel out of the range of your usual oxygen supplier, you need to make sure that you either have sufficient oxygen available in your baggage for your trip or that you have previously arranged a supplier in your destination area. You must make sure that the supplier at the destination has a copy of your prescription in advance. (Believe me, it is not easy to connect your supplier and your physician on a Sunday!)
Last summer, I was going to be away from home for an extended period. I bought my own concentrator for my destination, but it was hard to predict how long I might need portable oxygen (for trips to the grocery, restaurants, sight-seeing and other outings). I just guessed at the number of bottles that I might need. Eventually, I convinced my supplier that I needed 26 portable tanks for the journey.
Long Distance Travelers Can’t Use Tanks
Those oxygen tanks made for very heavy luggage, but at least they met my needs. Unfortunately, I later learned that this solution would not work if I needed to use commercial airlines or cruise ships during a vacation. Airlines do not allow oxygen tanks in aircraft cabins. Ships refuse to handle oxygen, which meant that I would have to carry all of my supplies. That is simply impossible for me, since the supplies would have been in excess of 200 pounds (about 91 kilograms).
My Supplementary Oxygen Solution
I own my own oxygen concentrator, which I bought online for less than $800. (To check this out, click here–it will open in a new window.) It is perfect for a hotel room or a cruise ship cabin. It weighs just 32 pounds and can be checked as luggage, so that you don’t have to handle it. As long as there is AC power, you have oxygen. It is important to have an alternative concentrator or tanks for any time that the power fails, of course.
I also invested in an Evergo Portable Oxygen Concentrator. That ten pound item was a significant cost (under $4000), but I decided to buy it because it actually gave me to ability to take it onto commercial aircraft and cruise ships. Now I don’t have to carry any oxygen tanks with me, and I can be assured of all the oxygen that I need when I am away from my home, my cruise stateroom or my hotel room. Yes, it cost as much as a nice vacation, but now I can actually take a true vacation–over and over again.
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Laura takes you to where East meets West in the capitol of Turkey. Turkey is filled with amazing sites. Just imagine ballooning over the ancient monoliths of Cappadocia, or walking in the footsteps of Cleopatra and the Apostle Paul in the 2000 year old Roman city of Ephesus. There is definitely a lot to experience here, including its magnificent mosques… the beauty of its carpets…the sizzling kabobs… and the Turkish showmanship. All that makes this country an exciting vacation destination!
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