Special Needs Travel: How To Plan A Memorable Vacation
Taking your child on vacation is not something you should avoid just because he has special needs. While the traveling may take some extra planning and a little adjustment, it can still be enjoyable. The following tips can help you plan your vacation with special needs travel in mind.
Air Travel: If your family will be traveling by air, you should do your best to select seats near the front of the plane. It may also be easier to be near the restrooms. Once you arrive at the airport, request wheelchair assistance if your child uses one. It will also be helpful to find the security lines that are wheelchair-accessible. Should you have questions about air travel, it is best to contact the carrier before traveling.
Transportation: All types of families can find a car via a rental car agency. They typically have vans that accommodate wheelchairs and have those that have lifts and even special seats. Many taxi companies in the bigger cities have cabs that are wheelchair-friendly. You can seek out the local cab companies prior to traveling or get a list from your hotel.
Accommodations: All hotels in the United States must offer wheelchair-accessible rooms. These rooms have doors that are wider both going into the room and into the bathroom. They also have grips for the toilet and bathtub. If you need one, many hotels also have shower chairs. You should request a special room as you are making your reservation.
If you will be staying in an international hotel, you may not find them as accommodating. Look over the website, read reviews, and contact the hotel to be certain you can get the room that you need.
Your travels with your child who has special needs can be a great experience. Don't hesitate to contact us and we can help you plan a memorable family vacation.
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