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5 Ways to Get Mobility Help with Travel

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Traveling can be a fun and exciting experience, but it can also be challenging for people with disabilities. Fortunately, there are several ways that disabled individuals can receive help when traveling. In this article, we will explore five ways for disabled individuals to receive assistance and make their travels more enjoyable.

1.  Contact your airline or travel company ahead of time

One of the easiest ways to receive help when traveling is by contacting your airline or travel company ahead of time. Many airlines have disability services departments that can help you with everything from wheelchair assistance to pre-boarding. By letting them know about your disability, they can make the necessary arrangements to make your travels more comfortable and convenient.

If you are planning on traveling with an assistive device, like a mobility scooter, this can be very important.  You will need to ask about restrictions and what size batteries they allow.  The standard is usually a maximum capacity of 300 watt hours on a lithium battery.  While that sounds technical, just look at your battery and will usually show watts and amps.  Typical in the United States would be something like 36 watts and 10 mA (360 watt hours).

2.  Use a travel agent

Another way to receive help when traveling is by using a travel agent. Travel agents can help you with everything from booking flights and hotels to finding accessible tours and attractions. They can also provide you with valuable information about your destination, such as accessibility features and wheelchair rentals.

That said, with the right mobility scooter, access to most locations is possible as long as there are elevators available.

3.  Look for disability-friendly accommodations

When booking your accommodations, look for disability-friendly options such as hotels with accessible rooms and amenities. Many hotels offer features such as wheelchair ramps, accessible bathrooms, and roll-in showers. Some even offer special equipment such as hospital beds and shower chairs.

One of the key questions is door width.  For example, on a cruise boat the width of the door is often too narrow to accomodate many of the standard wheelchairs and travel scooters.

4.  Use mobility aids

Using mobility aids such as wheelchairs, canes, and walkers can make traveling much easier for disabled individuals. Many airports and train stations offer wheelchair assistance, and some airlines provide free wheelchair rentals. Some cruise lines will rent scooters.  Make sure to pack your mobility aids or arrange to rent them at your destination.  One consideration when renting is that it is often limited to a location (the airport, the cruise boat, etc.).  Unless you own or bring your aid with you, it is not usually going to get you from point A to point B… to point Z.

5.  Research local disability services

Finally, it’s important to research local disability services in your destination. Many cities have disability services departments that can provide information on accessible transportation, tours, and attractions. You can also look for disability advocacy groups in the area that can provide additional resources and support.

In conclusion, traveling with a disability can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. By using these five tips, disabled individuals can receive the help they need to make their travels more enjoyable and memorable. So, don’t let your disability hold you back from exploring the world – with a little bit of preparation and research, anything is possible!

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