Traveling with a Disability

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By: Anastasia Gaertner

Traveling with a disability or with a person who is disabled can be a hassle and can create stress for what should be a fun experience. There are many different ways to minimize the hassle that can arise from planning a trip and accounting for a disability. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a help line to assist travelers with disabilities prior to their flight. This can help prepare you for what to expect when going through security checkpoints. The number for this service is 1-855-787-2227.

It may also be a good idea to contact any hotels or other places you will be visiting to find out about their policies and accessibility, especially if you are traveling somewhere where there are not the same accessibility laws as you may be used to.

Preparation is important for a smooth trip, and knowing what to expect is a large part of that. This includes packing all of the necessary equipment, as well as backups and alternates, contacting airlines, hotels, travel agents, etc. to ensure that your needs will be met as much as possible during your trip, and contacting any other organizations or companies that may be helpful to you as you are traveling.

Another helpful website, www.disabledtravelers.com contains useful information related to traveling with a disability, including finding a travel agent who specializes in accessibility. Hopefully with enough preparation and research, you and your travel companions will be able to have an enjoyable experience.

Vacation Tips for People with Disabilities

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As a person with a disability who loves to travel, I have encountered the good, the bad, and the ugly of accessibility (or lack thereof) on my vacations. To help you have the most enjoyable and accessible vacation possible, here are a few tips from my own experiences.

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Stephanie at the Wizarding world of Harry Potter

Stephanie with Mike from the movie monsters inc