Whether staying home or wanting to travel abroad it pays to plan. Planning is a must for persons with a disability. There is no universability in access codes and requirements.
One of our members travelled to Mexico and told his second floor room was wheelchair accessible. When he arrived there was no elevator. “Senior” the Mexican-“just ring this bell and we will come to carry you down the stairs. No problem”.
Ask questions . . . be clear about what you need. Maybe location of yoru room is important-closest to elevators, outside to relief service animals. Don’t be afraid to ask ! Plan! Anticipate! Expect the best service! The travlling public with disabilities is a growing lucrative market. Be part of this growth.
Do airlines provide companion fairs?
Some air carriers offer this service. We have used Westjet in the past and it is a great service. We have not heard of other air carriers so let us know if you know. A call to your disability group, such a MS Society, ALS Society, CNIB, Parkinson’s Association of B.C. is a good starting point to get recommendations on travelling. If you don’t et a positive response from your travel agent about your desire to travel move on and find another agent. There are some amazing creative agents that make all the difference in the safety and enjoyment of your trip by helping anticipate the barriers and challenges before you leave your home.