Online Access To Travel Info
For those of you planning to take a trip overseas, or even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is now possible to find a vast range of information regarding accessible travel on the internet. Below I have detailed just a few of the sites I found; you can also search the internet. Try using ”access to travel” and “disabled travellers” as your search strings. “Access to travel” will bring up North American run sites in the main, whereas the “disabled travellers” search string brings up a more international mix.
Sites such as Moss Rehab Resource Net offer wide ranging advice and information for the disabled traveller including links to both US State and International Tourism Offices.
The Disability Travel Links website, another US based site, is a portal site, meaning that they have collected together links to other useful sites. The Disability Travel Links site uses very large text for ease of reading.
The Canadian government offers their nationwide Access to Travel site which provides in depth information on nationwide inter-city air, bus, ferry and rail companies as well as local transportation providers for most major cities in Canada.
Access-Able Travel Source offers information on accessible transportation, accommodation, sightseeing, equipment rental and repair in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, parts of Asia and parts of Western Europe.
Cheapo Air have a dedicated page for Travel Accessibility Resources for the Disabled and Handicapped which offers some excellent information. From their site I also found the United Kingdom government site Transport If You're Disabled and the About Travel page Air Travel with Mobility Devices or Mobility Aids.
The Reduced Mobility Rights site provides information for disabled travellers visiting Europe and the Thailand Tourist Authority licensed site Thai Focus has a section entitled Disabled Travel to Thailand
Air New Zealand has a section on their website for Disability / Accessible Travel which includes pages on Services for People with Wheelchairs, Eagle Lifting Device, services for the Blind & Visually Impaired, the Deaf & Hearing Impaired, Deafblind, Travelling with a Service Dog, Artificial Limbs, Services for the Elderly and requirements for those Air NZ deem must travel with Safety Assistant.
If travelling to New Zealand or within New Zealand check out the accommodation finder on the Be Accessible site as they run a database of accessible Accommodation Sights & Activities throughout New Zealand. It also may be worth having a look at the site for Enable a national disability information and referral service) who can then provide you with details of local Disability Information Centres. I also found the Accessible NZ site which provides link information for a variety of providers.
If you are planning on doing some travelling, try a little surfing first, it may make your travel planning a lot easier and perhaps even make your trip, when you take it, more enjoyable.
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