We're all going on a summer holiday
As we’re now approaching peak holiday season, many of us are due to be heading off to much sunnier climates. However, holiday arrangements can be that much more difficult for those with mobility issues, and in light of this, Jill has some advice on air travel for those who are disabled.
I have always been on holidays with my family from a young age. At a young age went to Spain few times so really can’t remember what was needed to be planned for that, I guess it was just like taking a baby away.
When I was between 7 and 10 used to do a caravan holidays few places in England and these were great holidays. There was disabled caravan which has a ramp, a big bedroom and wet room I must say the caravans we had was great for me as a disabled person. We used to go on the train. We just booked the wheelchair space and help at the station at both ends.
At age of 12 we went down to Torquay by bus (15 hours)we stayed in a nice house with good facilities but it was Right at top of a hill which wasn’t very good. That was an alright holiday for disabled access.
Since 2005 I have been going to Florida every year and it is a fantastic place to go as a disabled person. It takes a lot of organisation for us to go there. First of all we booked the holiday through Thomas Cook which they are fantastic if you are travelling as a disabled person. Thomas Cook has a special needs help line if you have any special requirements such as a disabled room, help at airport, sit near by toilet on the airplane and if you have wheelchair or medicines to take.
If you can't get into a bath ask for a room with a roll in shower when you are booking and then get in touch directly with the hotel to make sure you have been given the right room.
A couple of times we have asked for a roll in shower and got there to find a room with a bath, so it is better to contact the hotel and not take the travel agent word for it.
Because I have a feeding tube I take a trunk full of my feeds. The trunk goes through as medical baggage. I always get a letter from my dietician to say what is in the trunk. I also get a letter from the doctor to say I am fit to fly with a list of medicines that I need to take.
I also have a Communication device which goes through as medical equipment and I get a from my speech therapist about this.
If you don't want to drive in Florida the buses are all wheelchair accessible and the wheelchair is always let on first and clamped in before anyone else is allowed on.
Most of the parks are wheelchair friendly. You get a map telling you what things are best for people with disabilities. If you ask at customer services when you enter a park they will give you information about different passes for disabled people to allow you to access the facilities.