Emma Muldoon shares her travel adventures on her blog “Simply Emma.” She has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and is a wheelchair user. “The blog was created to encourage others, with or without a disability, to travel more and make new discoveries, whether that’s abroad or in your own hometown,” says Emma. Emma says that to ensure you have a successful outing, people with disabilities should plan accordingly. She provides the following tips for planning an accessible day out.
Find Location To Go
The first step on Emma’s list is to find a location to travel to. She recommends searching for travel websites with accessibility reviews. She lists a couple of websites on her original post for others to check out.
“I enjoy reading reviews by people with disabilities as it helps build a picture of the accessible facilities and services available. You can then decide whether or not it will meet your needs.”
Check Accessibility Of Location
Emma states that if you choose to do a regular Google search for a location for a day out, make sure to do your research on how accessible the place is. You can call the location directly. Emma suggests looking for an ‘accessibility’ tab on the location’s website. “Most should now have a dedicated page on their website detailing accessibility information on things such as guide and assistance dogs, wheelchair access, accessible toilets, audio and descriptive facilities, BSL interpretation, blue badge parking etc.”
The next advice Emma gives is to make sure there is accessible transportation to your destination, especially if you are using public transportation. Be thorough with your research to ensure that every stop you need is accessible. If you require special assistance contact the transportation system in advance. “Book any assistance if required especially if travelling by train and you require assistance on/off the train as you may need to pre-book assistance up to 24hrs beforehand, particularly unmanned stations),” says Emma.
Emma offers other miscellaneous advice for planning an accessible day out such as ensuring there are bathrooms that fit your needs at the location you are going to. If you are in the United Kingdom she suggests searching for a changing place. “Some accessible toilets just aren’t big enough and in these cases, changing places are required. Changing places have more space, an adult-sized changing bench, and hoist).” Emma also says that some places in the United Kingdom offer concessions to people with disabilities and caregivers, so it might be worth checking it out!
Check out Emma’s original blog post to see full details on her steps to ensure an accessible day out!
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