- Planning is very important! As soon as you set the dates for your trip, contact the hotel, resort or rental office. Ask if the unit is wheelchair accessible, not just handicap accessible. Give them specifications, such as roll in shower or shower chair. Always request information about renting medical equipment. You also may require a refrigerator for medications.
- Ask the hotel about public transportation or rental car agencies. Many rental car companies offer hand controls for vehicle use.
- Public beach access is very important. Call the local parks and recreation dept of the beach you’re visiting. Ask if the access areas are ramped or stairs. Also, some public beaches have a specialty tarp on beach access areas right to the beach! This helps wheelchair users propel themselves in an existing chair. Many public beaches offer beach wheelchair/stroller rentals.
- You may also want to find a local contact that can assist you if your wheelchair or crutches need emergency maintenance.
Organizations that Can Help
Accessible Europe is a group of travel agents headquartered in Italy that specializes in accessible tourism.
Disability Travel caters to slow walkers and those in wheelchairs, offering tours and independent trips. Destinations include Egypt, South Africa and Alaska.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, hosted by the University of Illinois, has recreation resources on outdoor and travel activities (canoeing, horseback riding, etc.) across the country and abroad.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is essential for information on travel health.
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers offers advice on travel medicine and health risks, and maintains a worldwide membership of English-speaking doctors with medical training in North America and Europe.
Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality is a nonprofit membership organization, providing an impressive database of companies and resources that assist disabled folds in all facets of travel, such as scooter rentals, trains and museums.
The adaptive Sports Center
970-349-5075 ext. 110