Travel & Transportation

Getting from point A to point B can be a mess for everyone. For people with disabilities, there can be even more obstacles and things to consider. See below for information and resources pertaining to traveling and transportation.

 

Traveling by Air:

 

Flying with Disability – Site to help make flying with a disability as easy as possible.
Flying with a Disability: Navigating the Airport with a Wheelchair – Advice on packing your bags, checking in at the airport, going through airport security and more from this article on HubPages.

 

The Air Carrier Access Act  – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel and requires that all flights on U.S. airlines, and flights to or from the United States by foreign airlines, accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities.

New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability – This guide is designed to offer travelers with disabilities a brief but authoritative source of information about the Air Carrier Access rules: the accommodations, facilities, and services that are now required to be available.

 

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions – Information from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about the screening and security process for air travelers with disabilities, as well as the TSA Cares help line.

 

Traveling by Land:

 

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association – NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and assisting with driving independence using wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities (PDF) – This brochure helps drivers with disabilities evaluate their needs when it comes to selecting the right vehicle and adaptive equipment, choosing a qualified dealer to modify the vehicle and tips on maintaining the vehicle.

 

Wheeled Mobility:

 

Wheelchair University – Provides education and research related to wheelchairs and their use, safety standards, how to select a wheelchair and more.

 

United Spinal Association Tech Guide – A web-guide to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices.

 

Wheelchair Survival Guide for Consumers – All about purchasing and fitting a wheelchair from UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago’s Infinitec program.

 

Users First – Advocates for greater access to appropriate wheelchairs, mobility scooters and seating systems for people with disabilities.

Other Helpful Resources:

brettapproved – Review site on the accessibility of hotels, restaurants and more.

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Accessible Cruising – A guide that discusses choosing a cruise ship, shore excursions and more from Cruise Critic.

 

10 Tips: How to Book a Cruise with a Disability – Tips from Wheelchairtraveling.com

 

Traveling with Disabilities – Tips and resources from the United States Department of State.

 

Traveling Internationally with a Guide Dog or Service Animal – Information from Mobility International USA.

 

The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) – Organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad.

 

Emerging Horizons – Various travel information for wheelchair users and slow walkers.

Accessible Journeys – Vacation planner and tour operator exclusively for wheelchair travelers and their friends and families.

 

Accessible Travel – Numerous travel resources from Wakanow.com

Transportation and the Americans with Disabilities Act  – Information from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration.