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    Holiday Travel – Accessibility Concerns

    December 9, 2014  |  By:  Kevin Henderson

    The holidays are a great time to travel. Very seldom during the year do we have the chance to get together with loved ones and escape the Canadian winters.

    Unfortunately, for those with a disability or injury, travelling might become difficult because of accessibility concerns. Consider the following tips when booking a vacation for someone with accessibility or mobility concerns.

    Flight/Airport
    Before booking your flight, call the airline to confirm the type of airplane that you will be on and the method of boarding. While larger airliners typically can pull up to the jet way, some smaller planes require boarding directly from the tarmac using stairs.

    With respect to the airport itself, it might be useful to either print or save to your mobile device a map of the terminal. Knowing where key locations are, including the help desk, elevators, and washrooms can relieve a lot of stress while travelling.

    Transportation
    An important consideration when travelling is how one will get from the airport to your hotel or resort. Researching taxi services or shuttles is recommended.
    Hotels

    Before booking a hotel, call the hotel to determine if it is the right fit for you or your family member. Find out about elevators and ramps. Also, be prepared to make inquiries about the width of doors to ensure that your mobility device can be accommodated.

    Attractions
    When considering an excursion, consider the accessibility concerns. Do your research to ensure that there is an accessible washroom available and that the attraction is actually accessible. For example, an area with cobblestones might not be accessible for someone in a wheelchair.

    Other Tips
    When considering booking a trip, consider booking with a tour group that specializes or understands disabilities. They can often connect you with service providers that have accessible facilities.

    Consider a cruise. Most cruise ships are modern and depart from modern ports with elevators, ramps and other accessible facilities. They are a great way to enjoy multiple destinations without the inconvenience of checking in to multiple hotels.

    While planning a trip for someone with mobility or accessibility concerns can be difficult, with some forethought and research, everyone can have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.


    About the Author

    Kevin Henderson

    Kevin attended McMaster University for two years before being granted early admission to Osgoode Hall Law School, where he obtained his LL.B. in 2007. Kevin was called to the bar in 2008. Prior to...

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