Exploring Accessible Camping

12.21.2015
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When Rebecca Sanchez and her family began planning a summer trip to San Antonio, Texas they knew they to research their options for accessible destinations. In the past, they had stayed in hotels that were advertised as “accessible” only to discover that the rooms were anything but.

 

people in front of a cabin

Luckily, that hasn’t deterred Rebecca, a wheelchair user, from continuing to plan family vacations. When her cousin suggested that Rebecca and her family stay at a KOA (Kampground of America – with locations throughout the US), Rebecca was hesitant at first, and admits she was particularly “weary about the idea of the bathroom being in a separate building than our cabin.”

But the Sanchez family decided to go for it.

When they arrived at their cabin, which was equipped with a ramp up to the porch, Rebecca was pleasantly surprised.

“Everything the cabin had inside was accessible, the shelves, bed, light switches, and outlets were all lowered and within reach of a wheelchair user.”

The only thing her family was shocked to discover was the absence of a television in the cabin!

Rebecca’s fears of a separate bathroom were quickly put to rest when she entered the accessible facility, which was reserved for disabled visitors only. “The shower was wheelchair accessible, had a shower chair built into the shower which you could fold up or leave down if you were using it. The bathroom also had hand rails, and the sink and mirror were both at level in which I could use.”

During their campground stay, the Sanchez family was able to spend some quality time together on a river walk that Rebecca was able to access via an elevator. 

“Being at the campgrounds was the first vacation I’d been on that made me feel included with my family in every aspect. The cabin itself, the bathroom, and the overall accessibility of the grounds were absolutely wonderful!”

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