There are a few things to consider when traveling with a wheelchair or special mobility device. If you or a loved one needs a wheelchair full time, or maybe they just need a little help while on vacation, make sure you look into a few items prior to firming up your vacation details.
- Bulkhead seating is a good idea for ease of use when getting in and out of the plane. So, its always a good idea to make the request.
- Ask to board the plane early to help the flow of passengers and avoid being the bottleneck as the rest of the passengers enter the flight.
- Plan your vehicle months ahead of time if you need a special transport. For example, a hand control car, wheelchair van, wheelchair taxi cab service etc.
- If you want to make planning easy on yourself, use a travel agency specializing in people with disabilities. A few examples are: Accessible Journeys, Easy Access Travel, or Cruise Holidays.
- When looking for accommodations, make sure the property use choose is ADA accessible. Make sure you don't assume all accommodations within the USA are ADA compliant. For example, mirco-tels / small hotels of 10 rooms or less are not required to be ADA compliant.