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Accessible Traveling

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

People with disabilities have for long faced special challenges when it comes to traveling around the world. Nowadays, however, there are numerous organizations that work towards helping mitigate these challenges. The term “accessible tourism” refers, according to Wikipedia, to “the ongoing endeavor to ensure tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age.” Currently, the United States and Europe have the majority of existing companies dedicated to accessible tourism, however due to the growing need many companies have emerged in other countries.

If traveling to Europe, here are some useful websites: 4

Flying-with-disability.org:
Visitors of this website will find advice on how to negotiate airports and flights, organizations that provide special insurance coverage for travelers with disabilities, information on special wheelchair battery options and tips on how to plan your trip in advance.

Tourismforall.org.uk:
This UK charity organization provides information on hotels, flights, insurance, health needs and assistance in obtaining care overseas.

Accessibletourism.org:
This is the website of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT). You will find several resources including access guides, articles and links regarding accessible tourism in Europe and worldwide.

If traveling to the United States, the following might be useful:

Disney World’s guidebook for guests with disabilities: disney.go.com/vacations/websites/disabilities
Access-able.com: Provides access information to mature and disabled travelers in the United States.
Disabilitytravel.com: Includes information on group tours, cruises, licensed travel companion and disability travel resources.

To find handicap accessible vacation rentals, log on to rentalo.com, type the name of your destination and on the Smart Search Special Features choose Handicap Accessibility.